Huon Hooke

Awarded 2007 Australian Wine Communicator

Huon Hooke is one of Australia’s most respected wine writers with over twenty years experience. He is in demand as a wine educator and speaker and a wine judge both locally and internationally.

Huon Hooke has held the esteemed position of Chairman of Judges for many shows around the country including long standing Chairman of Judges for the Sydney International Wine Competition. He is also a regular member of the Penfold’s Rewards of Patience panel.

In 2007, Huon Hooke was bestowed with the 2007 Australian Wine Communicator Award (AWCA).

A full-time professional wine writer, Huon Hooke travels extensively and judges several competitions each year both within Australia and internationally, watching for emerging directions and trends. He has authored or co-authored several books, and is involved in wine writing through a variety of different media, including radio, newspapers, magazines, videos and the internet.

A Roseworthy wine marketing graduate with a first qualification in journalism, Huon is the multi-award winning wine correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald, where his weekly column has appeared since 1987. It is a wide ranging column, always highly readable, covering all manner of wine
related subjects from in-depth regional and varietal reports, multi-million dollar auctions of the world’s rarest wines, to low-priced local quaffers.

He has been Chairman of Judges for Australian Restaurant Wine List of the Year Awards and is a contributing editor to Australian Gourmet Traveller’s The Wine Magazine and wine writer for many other publications. His articles feature in several of the world’s most read and respected wine and lifestyle magazines including Decanter (UK) and Slow Food Guide to Wines of the World (Italy).

He is co-author of Penguin’s annual Good Australian Wine Guid and author of Words on Wine an anthology of forty stimulating essays on wine (SMH Books). He is also the author of the acclaimed biography of the creator of Penfold’s Grange, Max Schubert, Winemaker (Kerr Publishers).

Client testimonials

Huon was great and from all the feedback received everybody found him very informative and knowledgeable.

The GET Group

Very Good!

Australian Society for Computerised Dentistry Incorporated

Huon gave a rounded wine presentation covering many topical issues re wine. It was not just a straight forward wine tasting talk - which was appreciated by the audience. He was very flexible in his approach.

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