Staff profiles

Geoff Cowey

Position: Senior Oenologist

Dip WSET, BAppSc (Wine Sci) Charles Sturt University, BSc (Hons) University of Adelaide

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Phone: 08 8313 6600
Since: November 2002
  • 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)

• 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.


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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


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.