Samantha is an expert in Australian and New Zealand viticulture, with a PhD in Vineyard Ecology. Her most recent role as Accolade’s Director of grape supply across Australia and New Zealand, has further established her connections and knowledge of international wine business.

Her interest in sustainable winegrowing practices led her move to New Zealand, where she completed her PhD at Lincoln University. Researching the use of ecological and organic methods in vineyards, Samantha was able to apply her findings during her 12 years at Wither Hills (Lion) in Marlborough. She has worked in a range of roles in the wine industry, from technical viticulture, vineyard management, grower relationship management to leading viticultural departments.

Her involvement as a member of the Research Advisory Committee for Australian Grape & Wine, allows her to maintain her knowledge of the latest developments and key needs of the industry. Samantha is also a part of the Wine Industry Mentor program and a regular speaker at industry events.