Judges

Judges for the Melbourne Royal® Wine Awards are selected from across Australia and are engaged based on their exceptional industry knowledge and expertise.

Judges for the Melbourne Royal® Wine Awards are selected from across Australia and are engaged based on their exceptional industry knowledge and expertise.   
 
Judges are sourced from a broad base and include leading Australian winemakers, wine journalists, wine buyers, distributors and fine wine retailers. 

Entries are blind tasted and judged on their own merits (see ‘Judging Process’ in the Entry Booklet for details.  To ensure the anonymity of the Exhibit and to protect the integrity of the judging process, entries are allocated a tasting order number, separate from the Catalogue (Exhibit) Number. 

Chair of Judges - Matt Harrop

Born in New Zealand, Melbourne Royal® Wine Awards Chair of Judges Matt Harrop grew up in Auckland, working his first vintage at 17 in 1988 and graduating from Roseworthy College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Oenology.  Matt has previously held roles as winemaker at Shadowfax from its first vintage in 1999 and Senior Winemaker at Nautilus in Marlborough NZ.  Following that, he spent three years as winemaker at Brokenwood Most recently, Matt has been appointed winemaker at Curly Flat Vineyard.  Matt is also a regular judge of Australia’s city and regional wine shows including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Barossa and Mornington Peninsula shows.