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International Cool Climate
Wine Show 2022 


Scott McWilliam DipWSET

A sixth-generation award-winning Winemaker & Liquor Business Professional with over twenty years’ experience in Production, Management, Logistics, Education and Oenology. Scott is currently Global Family Ambassador & Educator for McWilliam’s Wines & sits as a Board Representative for ‘Australia’s First Families of Wine.” McWilliam’s Wines Group has been at the centre of Australian family winemaking industry since 1877, Scott grew up on the family’s wine estate in NSW’s Riverina region.

Scott formally joined the McWilliam’s winemaking team in 2000, in the Riverina. He spent time in Beaujolais, France & California, USA to gain experience launching and promoting McWilliam’s Wines across the USA. In 2006 Scott moved to the Hunter Valley & rose to the level of Senior Winemaker & Winery Manager.

McWilliam’s Wine Group have operated in key global markets, where it has crafted, produced and marketed the multi-award McWilliam’s, Mount Pleasant and Barwang wine brands as well as proudly distributed Champagne Taittinger, Henkell & numerous others in the domestic marketplace. Scott has played an instrumental role in this with various roles within the group since 2000 including Ambassador, Board, Management and Winemaking positions across Australia, UK & USA.

Scott’s family legacy & his love of wine & the wine industry drives his passion and quest to learn more & impart knowledge to others. Scott has designed, delivered & measured educational wine curriculums to increase consumer knowledge, palate and loyalty of consumption as well as Oenology, Culinary and Sommelier programs to stimulate commerce and improve personnel training, development and wine comprehension. Scott is the Principal Owner of ProPalate, he has completed WSET Educator Training Programme in 2019, & his WSET Diploma in 2021.


Scott has been a member of various committees for Corporate Governance, Strategic Leadership & Regional Development to drive regional visitation, event attendance and economy, these include the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association & Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism. He has also been heavily involved in media & advertising initiatives. 


Scott has been on the Tasting Panels of various publications for the past decade including Drinks Trade Magazine & Rob Geddes “Australian Wine Vintages - The Gold Book”. Scott has been a judge at Mundus Vini in Germany for the past 16 years.

Full details of Scott’s Judging below:  




Royal Sydney Wine Show

Hunter Valley Wine Show

Royal Adelaide Wine Show

International :

Mundus Vini, Germany 2006 - 2022

L.A. County Fair, Los Angeles mid 2000s

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Christian Maier

Christian has spent many years in Michelin star restaurants in France & London UK. Upon arrival in Australia, Christian further developed his skills by focusing on oenology & was appointed to the position of Sommelier at Hotel Sofitel Melbourne in 1994 subsequently being awarded Best Hotel wine list. The 2000 Age Good Food Guide handed Christian the inaugural award for Service Excellence.

In 2002 his long love affair with Champagne saw him being the Australian winner of the Vin de Champagne Award.

Following his role of Head sommelier at Langtons Restaurant & Wine Bar in 2005, the establishment was awarded the Age Good Food Guide Best Restaurant Wine List.

In his current position as Sommelier for RACV Club & Resorts, Christian oversees the wine purchasing, wine lists, wine promotions, staff training and beverage events for several properties.

The RACV Club has subsequently received the award for best Club Wine List at the Australian Wine List Awards four times running.

Christian is a senior wine judge having judged with James Halliday at the Geelong Wine Show, the Concour des Vins du Victoria for nearly two decades, the Sydney international Wine Competition, The Victorian Wine Show & the International Cool Climate Wine Show.

In the televised media, Christian has been the co-host on SBS Tour de France ‘Taste Le Tour’ with celebrity chef Gabriel Gaté.

Christian also is a part-owner in Luna’s Food & Wine Bar,  & operates a wine consultancy business which has seen him consulting for several businesses in Australia & Thailand. He conducts corporate speaking engagement on various wine themes and writes regular wine column for various publications.

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Frank Butera


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Loic Le Calvez

French born Loic Le Calvez founded Wine Truth in 2016 as a Consultant Oenologist as well as a Wine Consultant to industry professionals, specialising in super premium Traditional Method sparkling wines and cool climate varieties.

Before arriving in Australia, Loic graduated in Oenology in Bordeaux, he worked as an Assistant at Château d’Yquem in Sauternes & then as a Winemaker in Bordeaux’s Entre- Deux-Mers. Loic then spent time in the US, where he was Assistant at the prestigious Vérité Wines in Sonoma, California. In Australia, Loic worked with Taltarni in the Pyrenees & Clover Hill in Tasmania for over 14 years where he started as Winemaker, later becoming Chief Winemaker and then COO.


Always wanting to perfect his Cool Climate winemaking craft, Loic was the onsite winemaker for Domaine Rougeot in Meursault Burgundy in 2018, sourcing Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from multiple Premier Crus from the Côte de Beaune.


Loic has now chosen to focus on his international wine experience, a strong desire to share his passion for wine &the story of the makers and terroirs, Loic founded Wine Truth Wine Club in 2019, with the tag line: Every wine as a story, let me share them with you. Loic personally selects & showcases to Club Members exciting & rare wines from the most renowned regions in the world & from Australia. Loic researches & shares information about wine producers, soil, locations & the unique facts of each wine. He is also the agent for Tonnellerie Vicard in Victoria and Tasmania.

Loic is an experienced wine show judge who has developed his skills through the AWRI’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course & WSET Level 3 programme.

Details of Loic’s Judging below:  




Chief Judge

Australian Cider Awards 2021



Melbourne Royal Wine Awards 2020

Australian Cider awards 2019

Australian Sparkling Show 2017 – 2018

Macedon Wine Show 2010

Victorian Wine Show 2005 - 2007

Concours des Vins du Victoria 2011 -2015

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Matt Lugg

Matt Lugg manages the vineyards and is winemaker for Portsea Estate, on the Mornington Peninsula. Starting in 2021, Matt has introduced Regenerative Agriculture practices to the Estate, with a sustainability first mantra. 


Matt has been making wine and growing grapes since 2012 having previously worked with Stonier Wines in Merricks and Tyrrell’s Wines in the Hunter Valley.


Matt completed a Bachelor of Wine Science, Oenology & Viticulture at Charles Sturt University.


Matt has been fortunate to complement his Australian vintages by working in Burgundy at Chateau de Chamilly in 2018, as well as Domaine Roche in the Rhone Valley in both 2013 and 2014, Matt has used those skills developed overseas to enhance his knowledge both in winemaking and horticulture skills.


He looks forward to judging at the 2022 ICCWS.

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Toby Stephens

After an inspiring start in fine wine retail in Perth, Toby studied Oenology at the University of Adelaide and graduated as dux in 2002.

The flying winemaker lifestyle then took hold, with vintages spanning Margaret River, Marlborough, Langhorne Creek, the Clare Valley and Corsica.

Toby was a ‘Vin de Champagne’ winner and explored the Champagne region extensively on the back of this award. He completed the AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment course in 2004 and has been a judge for Winestate magazine and the International Cool Climate Wine Show over several years.

Toby’s career pivoted to wine wholesale in 2006 and he is now a director and sales manager for Bacchus Wine Merchant in Victoria. He currently imports wines from cool climate regions including Piedmont, Val d’Adige, Central Otago, Champagne, Chablis, Alsace & Mosel.

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