International Cool Climate Wine Show 2019 

Panel Chairs (2020 TBA)

Andrew Santarossa

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.

Sue Bell

(Bio to come)

Simon Nunns

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:

Chief Judge

  • 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

  • Cuisine Magazine, Winestate Magazine, Dish Magazine


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.

Fran Austin

Fran Austin moved to Tasmania from her home state of Western Australia in 2001 to pursue a passion for Champagne-style and cool climate wines. With many years of winemaking experience across iconic regions such as Burgundy, Oregon, Yarra Valley and the Adelaide Hills, Fran chose to settle in Tasmania due to the unparalleled fruit quality within this special region. 


Over the last two decades Fran's wines have collected a swag of wine show awards. In 2005 she was awarded Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the year and she was selected as a scholar of the Len Evans Tutorial in 2009.  Joining her husband Shane Holloway in their Delamere Vineyard business in 2011 fulfilled a long held dream to create exceptional, single-site, cool climate wines. In 2016 Fran was the recipient of the Alcorso Foundation’s Don Martin Fellowship, which funded a three-week study tour of Champagne to research the factors underpinning sustainability of their Grower/Producer sector. The project encompassed in-depth interviews with many renowned family producers, including Pierre Gimonnet and De Sousa, as well as the prestigious houses of Louis Roederer and Verve Cliquot.

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