Andrew has over 15 years wine making experience with some of Australia's leading wine companies including Domaine Chandon, Houghton’s and Giant Steps.
Andrew is an accomplished wine show judge and panel chair across multiple Australian states and most recently was Chief Judge at the Victorian Wine Show. Andrew is the winemaker for a joint wine venture - Santa & D'Sas while also being the winemaker for the family venture - Santarossa Vineyards.
Andrew leases a vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley with his wife Megan where they grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine grapes. They make wines under the Red Saint, Sea Glass, Better Half and RedCote labels.
Simon Nunns has been winemaker at Coopers Creek Vineyard Ltd since 1998. In 1995 he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University, where he graduated with distinction and received the inaugural Jason Winter Memorial Award for academic achievement.
Simon has worked four overseas vintages.
1996 - Erath, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
2000 - Chateau Mangot, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France
2002 and 2004 – Domaine Chanson, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Simon’s judging experience includes:
Gisborne Regional Wine Show, New Zealand
Upper North Island Wine Challenge, New Zealand Panel Chair
Air New Zealand Wine Awards, New Zealand
Bragato Wine Awards, New Zealand
Royal Easter Wine Show, New Zealand
New World Wine Awards, New Zealand
New Zealand International Wine Show, New Zealand
Marlborough Wine Show, New Zealand
Hawkes Bay Wine Awards, New Zealand
New Zealand International Aromatic Competition, New Zealand
Spielgelau International Wine Show, New Zealand
Liquorland Top 100, New Zealand
Riverina Wine Show, Griffith, New South Wales, Senior Judge
Australian Sweet Wine Challenge, Griffith, New South Wales
Ballarat Wine Show, Ballarat, Victoria
Cowra Wine Show, Cowra, New South Wales
Australian National Cool Climate Wine Show, Bathurst, New South Wales
Under Simon’s tutelage, Coopers Creek Vineyard has become synonymous with Alternate Varieties. Simon has been responsible for New Zealand’s first Arneis, Grüner Veltliner, Albariño and Marsanne. He is also one of the few winemakers in New Zealand to work with Fiano, Vermentino and Lagrein.