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Nigel Sneyd MW

Nigel Sneyd MW

Became an MW 2017

Based in Australia

Languages English, French

Nigel started working in wine at just seventeen years of age and never looked back. He completed his first Oenology degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia and his second at the Université de Dijon in France where he obtained his Diplôme National d?Oenologue as Dux of his year. His time in France also allowed him to complete internships at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy, Champagne Krug and INRA, as well as to become fluent in French. He worked as winemaker for Evans and Tate in Western Australia and then managed the AWRI?s Extension and Advisory Services while simultaneously working with Tony Laithwaite?s Flying Winemakers programme in France during its nascent years. He completed his MBA from Monash University before settling in France, firstly as director of BRL Hardy?s Domaine de la Baume and later as director of a negociant business specialising in high-end appellation wines from the Languedoc. Twelve years ago he moved to London to join E&J Gallo's International Winemaking group and relocated to California in 2015 to take up the position of Director of Winemaking. His responsibilities exposed him to winemaking in Italy, Spain, Germany, South Africa, California, Argentina and New Zealand. In October 2019 he returned to Australia as Global Director of Wine and Quality for Accolade Wines.

Primary area(s) of work: Wine production

Industry sector(s): Project management, Viticulture, Winemaking, QA/QC, Business owner

Wine styles: Sparkling wine, Champagne, Cremant, Cava, Prosecco, Port, VDN, Still white, Still red, Still rosé, Still wines

Wine region expertise: Australia, Marlborough, New Zealand, South Australia, USA, Victoria, Western Australia, Western Cape, France, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Languedoc, Champagne, Rioja, Spain, Tasmania, Sicily, California

Market expertise: Europe, North America

Specialisms: Wine varieties, Vine propagation, Life cycle of the vine, Acquisition of vineyards, Cultivation of the vine, Structure and composition of grapes, Harvesting of grapes, Processing of grapes, Fermentation, Stabilisation and clarification, Production of sparkling wines, Production of fortified wines, Economics of wine production, Elevage / maturation, Blending, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Packing and labelling, Quality assurance and control, Bulk shipment, Bottling, Financial and commercial structures, Supplier/customer relationships, Routes to market, Wine judging