2015 Future Leader Program


Call for participants

Future Leaders is a combined initiative of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA), the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA).

It is a professional and personal development program that creates a network of individuals who will contribute to the continued success of the Australian wine sector.

The program identifies 15 innovators, collaborators and game-changers in the grape and wine community to participate in an intensive development program that will build their knowledge of the sector and expand their leadership skills.

Future Leaders 2015 sought applications from individuals with open, creative, inquisitive minds who are early to mid-career and already demonstrating leadership potential.

Applications closed on 13 March 2015.

People looking to develop their leadership skills and strengthen their wine networks were encouraged to apply.

2015 future leaders announced

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After a record number of applications were received, 15 rising stars from the Australian grape and wine community have now been chosen to ‘be next’.

The Future Leaders 2015 group includes:

  • Jason Amos                         Lallemand Australia Pty Ltd
  • Sam Barry                            Jim Barry Wines
  • Nigel Blieschke                   Peter Lehmann Wines
  • Angela Brown                     All Saints Estate & St Leonards Vineyard
  • Lilian Carter                        Private client winemaker/wine industry consultant
  • Andrew Calabria                Calabria Family Wines
  • Christian Dal Zotto            Dal Zotto Wines
  • James Hook                        DJ’s Grower Services
  • Stuart Hordern                   Brokenwood Wines
  • Tom Keelan                         The Pawn Wine Co
  • Danielle Kennedy               Camperdown Cellars
  • Dave Milne                           Josef Chromy Wines
  • Suzanne Muntz                   Xanadu Wines
  • Samantha Payne                 Consultant Sommelier/freelance wine writer
  • Gemma West                       Treasury Wine Estates

The future leaders group will commence a six-month program in June, including four face-to-face sessions across the country that aims to challenge and stretch them both professionally and personally. They will be encouraged to innovate, collaborate and ‘change the game’ by asking the tough questions and finding transformative solutions for the betterment of the sector.


To learn more visit the Future Leaders website or contact Anne Duncan at AGWA on (08) 8228 2000 or [email protected]