International Cool Climate
Wine Show 2019 
Panel Chairs

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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.

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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 Chandon, 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.

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