Staff profiles

Geoff Cowey

Position: Senior Oenologist
Qualifications:

DipWSET, B App Sc (Winescience) Charles Sturt University, BSc (Hons) University of Adelaide

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Phone: 08 8313 6600
Fax: 08 8313 6601
Since: November 2002
Biography:
  • 2007 Michele et Patrice RION, Burgundy, France (vintage)
  • 2006 Miguel Torres, Villafranca del Penedes, Spain (vintage)
  • 2006 Palliser Estate, Martinborough, New Zealand (vintage)
  • 2005 Frogmore Creek, Coal Valley, Tasmania (vintage)
  • 1999-2002 Lindemans Karadoc Winery
  • 1998-1999 Southcorp Wine Graduate program
    • Penfolds Wines (12 months)
    • Seppeltsfield (1 month)
    • Wynns Coonawarra (vintage)
    • Rouge Homme Coonawarra (vintage)
    • Seppelts Great Western (5 months)
Research:

• Providing winemaking and technical advice to Australian grapegrowers and winemakers via the AWRI's helpdesk
• The AWRI’s national response team to coordinate actions and response to industry issues
• The AWRI’s national roadshow educational program, where AWRI research outcomes are delivered to all of Australia’s 64 regions over a 2-year period.
• Wine education programs and tastings
• Applied research into wine taints and faults, wine instabilities, Dekkera/Brettanomyces yeast spoilage, wine salinity, wine closures and wine packaging, climate adaptation

Bio
Geoff entered the wine industry in 1998 through the Southcorp Wines (now Treasury Wine Estates) graduate program, and has since worked vintages in most Australian wine regions as well as overseas in France, New Zealand and Spain. Geoff provides free helpdesk winemaking and technical advice for Australian grapegrowers and winemakers. Geoff translates research outcomes into practical advice delivered through wine education workshops, seminars, lectures and various publications. In addition, Geoff delivers wine tasting courses, from the Advanced Wine Assessment Course through to consumer tastings.

Publications:

Cowey, G. Ask the AWRI. Top tips for a successful yeast culture. Aust. NZ Grapegrower Winemaker  600 : 42 ; 2014. 

Cowey, G. Ask the AWRI. What’s that smell – is that Brett? Part 2. Aust. NZ Grapegrower Winemaker 591 : 64-65 ; 2013. 

Cowey, G. Ask the AWRI. What’s that smell – is that Brett? Part 1. Aust. NZ Grapegrower Winemaker 588 : 53-54 ; 2013.

Cowey, G. Ask the AWRI. How and why identify Matter other than grape (MOG). Aust. NZ Grapegrower Winemaker  580 : 77-788 ; 2012.

Cowey, G. Ask the AWRI. Botrytis – implications in wine development. Aust. NZ Grapegrower Winemaker  571 : 78 ; 2011. 

Coulter, A. Cowey, G. Essling, M. Holdstock, M. Stockley, C. (2008) Botrytis and disease pressures from vintage 2011. Technical Review. (193). Adelaide, SA: The Australian Wine Research Institute: 11-18; 2011. 

Simos, C.A. Coulter, A.D. Henschke, P.A. Holdstock, M.G. Cowey, G.D. Essling, M. Managing diseased fruit.. Petrie, P,R. (eds). Making the best out of difficult vintages: managing sub-optimal fruit in the winery. ASVO Proceedings.  Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology: 31-36 ; 2013.

 http://www.clearaboutwine.com.au/wp/index.php/how-to-clean-a-wine-bottle-after-a-flood/

 Cowey, G. When it all goes wrong: the treatment and disposal of juice, wine and lees waste material.  Aust. NZ Grapegrower Winemaker 554 : 51-52, 54 ; 2010.

 Cowey, G. Travis, B. Simos, C. Francis, L. Salt removal from wine using electrodialysis.  Aust. NZ Grapegrower Winemaker 556 : 58-62 ; 2010.

 Cowey, G. Coulter, A. Holdstock, M. (2009) Brines, paints, oils and the occasional mobile phone – common vintage contaminants. Aust. NZ Grapegrower Winemaker 541 : 60-65.

Cowey, G. (2008) Excessive copper fining of wines sealed under screwcaps - identifying and treating reductive winemaking characters. Aust. NZ Grapegrower Winemaker 531 : 49-56.

Cowey, G. Coulter, A. Holdstock, M. (2008) Don’t get contaminated this vintage! Technical Review. (178). Adelaide, SA: The Australian Wine Research Institute: 22-27.

Cowey, G. Travis, B. (2008) Practical sensory evaluation in the winery. Aust. NZ Grapegrower Winemaker 535 : 57, 59-63.

Cozzolino, D. Cowey, G. Lattey, K. A. Godden, P. Cynkar, W. U. Dambergs, R. G. Janik, L. Gishen, M. (2008) Relationship between wine scores and visible-near-infrared spectra of Australian red wines.  Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 391 3 : 975-981.

Curtin, C. Bramley, B. Cowey, G. Holdstock, M. Kennedy, E. Lattey, K. Coulter, A. Henschke, P. Francis, L. Godden, P. (2008) Sensory perceptions of 'Brett' and relationship to consumer preference.. Blair, R.J. (eds). Proceedings of the thirteenth Australian wine industry technical conference, 29 July-2 August 2007, Adelaide, SA. Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc.: Adelaide, SA. : 207-211.

Holdstock, M. Cowey, G. Coulter, A. (2007)Calcium DL-tartrate instabilities - a recent increase in their occurrence.  Aust. NZ Grapegrower Winemaker 527 : 85-88.

Cowey, G.; Robinson, E.; Holdstock, M.; Gishen, M.; Parker, M.; Dambergs, B.; Godden, P. (2006) Changes in Australian wine composition - from 1954 to 2004. Aust. NZ Wine Ind. J. 21(2): 32-37.

Curtin, C.D.; Bellon, J.R.; Coulter, A.D.; Cowey, G.D.; Robinson, E.M.C.; de Barros-Lopes, M.A.; Godden, P.W.; Henschke, P.A; Pretorius, I.S. (2005) The six tribes of 'Brett' in Australia - distribution of genetically divergent Dekkera bruxellensis strains across Australian winemaking regions. Aust. NZ Wine Ind. J. 20(6): 28-36.

Curtin, C.; Bellon, J.; Cowey, G.; de Barros Lopes, M.; Field, J.; Robinson, E.; Henschke, P.; Godden, P. (2005) Physicochemical characterisation of Dekkera/Brettanomyces yeast isolated from Australian red wines: [poster summary]. Blair, R.; Williams, P.; Pretorius, S. (eds.) Proceedings of the Twelfth Australian wine industry technical conference 24-29 July 2004; Melbourne, VIC. Adelaide, SA; Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc.: 297.

Godden, P.; Lattey, K.; Francis, L.; Gishen, M.; Cowey, G.; Holdstock, M.; Robinson, E.; Waters, E.; Skouroumounis, G.; Sefton, M.; Capone, D.; Kwiatkowski, M.; Field, J.; Coulter, A.; D'Costa, N.; Bramley, B. (2005) Towards offering wine to the consumer in optimal condition - the wine, the closures and other packaging variables. Aust. NZ Wine Ind. J. 20(4): 20-30.

Cowey, G.; Godden, P. (2004) Compositional data derived from AWRI Adevanced Wine Assessment Courses: concentrations of Dekkera/Brettanomyces-derived compounds and of isovaleric (3-methylbutric) acid; the incidence of 2,4,6-trichloranisole (TCA) taint in bottled wine, and; the ullage spaces in screw capped bottles, in a selection of wines from around the world. Technical Review. (151). Adelaide, SA: The Australian Wine Research Institute: 8-18.

Bellon, J.; Robinson, E.; Cowey, G.; Graves, P.; Field, J.; Godden, P.; de Barros Lopes, M. (2003) The degree of genetic variation between strains of Dekkera/Brettanomyces yeast isolated from different Australian wineries and regions. In: Bell, S.M.; de Garis, K.A.; Dundon, C.G.; Hamilton, R.P.; Partridge, S.J.; Wall, G.S. (eds.) Grapegrowing at the edge; Managing the wine business; Impacts on wine flavour: proceedings of a seminar 10–11 July 2003; Barossa Convention Centre, Tanunda, SA: Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology: 51–55.

Coulter, A.; Robinson, E.; Cowey, G.; Francis, I.L.; Lattey, K.; Capone, D.; Gishen, M.; Godden, P. (2003) Dekkera/Brettanomyces yeast—an overview of recent AWRI investigations and some recommendations for its control. In:Bell, S.M.; de Garis, K.A.; Dundon, C.G.; Hamilton, R.P.; Partridge, S.J.; Wall, G.S. (eds.) Grapegrowing at the edge; Managing the wine business; Impacts on wine flavour: proceedings of a seminar 10–11 July 2003; Barossa Convention Centre, Tanunda, SA: Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology: 41–50.

Godden, P.; Robinson, E.; Francis, L.; Lattey, K.; Cowey, G.; Boehm, D. (2003) Investigations conducted into the nature and amelioration of taints in grapes and wine, caused by smoke resulting from bushfires. The Australian Wine Research Institute Annual Report 2003: 37-39.

Other:

Wine judging

  • 2013 Australian Small Winemakers Show (associate)
  • 2012 International Wine Challenge and Faults Panel, London
  • 2011 Carmenere al mundo, Chile (judge)
  • 2011 Australian Small Winemakers Show (associate)
  • 2009-present Export Approval Tasting panel, Wine Australia
  • 2009-present Winestate magazine
  • 2009 New England Wineshow (judge)
  • 2008 New England Wineshow (associate)
  • 2007 Advanced Wine Assessment Course

Other

Geoff has lectured at The University of Adelaide, and has been an invited guest speaker at Wine Australia, The Wine Spirit & Educational Trust (WSET) London, and The Institute of Masters of Wine in Bordeaux and Adelaide, University of Conegliano, Italy, The Interwinery Analysis Group (IWAG) and the 12, 13, 14 and 15th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conferences.