On Sunday 18 August, the Sommeliers Australia National AGM was held in Melbourne, with State and National Executive Committee representatives present.

During the meeting, a renewed National Executive team was voted in to manage the association for the 2019/2020 period.

Sarah Andrew and Chris Crawford will continue on as Co-Presidents until 2021, Greg Richardson retained the Treasurer’s role, supported by Ben Moechtar, and David Murphy (NSW), Matt Brooke (VIC) and Liam O’Brien (VIC) were warmly welcomed to the National Executive Committee.

In addition to changes at National level, over the past month nominations for the NSW, Victorian, Tasmanian and South Australian State Committees have been formalised and accepted, expanding the professionalism, expertise and enthusiasm of our State Chapters.

National Executive Committee

Sarah Andrew (VIC) – Co-President

Chris Crawford (VIC) – Co-President

Greg Richardson (NSW) – Treasurer

Matthew Brooke (VIC)

Ben Moechtar (NSW)

David Murphy (NSW)

Liam O’Brien (VIC)

NSW Events Committee Victoria Events Committee
Matt Dunne – Solotel Sarah Andrew – Selador Wines
Louella Matthews – Bibo Wine Bar Wiremu Andrews – Pt Leo Estate & Laura
Ben Moechtar – The Certified Sommelier Matthew Brooke – Crown Melbourne
David Murphy – One Penny Red Lisa Cardelli – Deliciarum
Greg Richardson – Vinous+Vinous Chris Crawford – Crown Melbourne
Greg Lightfoot – Santé Wines
Queensland Events Committee Evan Milne – Stock On Hand
Martin O’Dee – IOW Maria Mitrofanis – Wine Order
Liam O’Brien – Cutler & Co & Athletes of Wine
South Australia Events Committee  
Geoffrey Hunt – Peppers The Louise West Australia Events Committee
Marcell Kustos – Penfold’s Magill Estate Restaurant Aaron Commins – The Shorehouse
Tasmania Events Committee
Pip Anderson – MONA
Stan Zheng – Frogmore Creek Estate


Across both state and national levels of Sommeliers Australia, the next two years will see a huge amount of work being done behind the scenes of our normal activities, as the association looks forward to working on and hosting the ASI Best Sommelier of Asia and Oceania in 2021.

This international event is a great honour for our small association to host, and will bring together the best sommeliers from across the Asia Oceania region, and beyond, to Australia to not only compete for the title of Best Sommelier of Asia Oceania, but to be introduced to and immersed into beauty of the Australian wine landscape.