The Melbourne Royal Wine Awards Committee is comprised of representatives from the Australian wine industry.

The Melbourne Royal Wine Awards is overseen and shaped by a committee who work closely with Melbourne Royal to maintain the program’s relevance and to develop its future direction.  The committee features some of the Australian wine industry’s most highly regarded professionals. 

The Melbourne Royal Wine Awards committee members are: 

Samantha Isherwood – Committee Chair and General Manager at TarraWarra Estate, VIC

Mel Chester – Chair of Judges and Head of Winemaking & Viticulture at Giant Steps, VIC

Matt Harrop – Immediate past Chair of Judges and Winemaker at Curly Flat Vineyard, VIC

Emma Brown – Group Marketing Manager at Brown Family Wine Group, VIC

Jeni Port – Wine Writer & Journalist, VIC

Mark O'Callaghan – Consultant at WineNet, VIC

Rohan Smith – Handpicked Wines, VIC