Huon Hooke

Wine Professional, Independent Wine Writer & Keynote Speaker

Huon Hooke is one of Australia's most respected independent 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 has judged in most Australian and many overseas wine competitions, and is the chair, and has judged the Tasmanian Wine Show for almost three decades.

A journalist first and wine professional second, Huon is an excellent communicator who is able to talk to audiences about the wine industry in Australia and overseas, about wine making and wine appreciation.

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Huon Hooke has tertiary qualifications in journalism and wine production, and he has worked in wineries and wine retailing. He began writing on wine in 1983, for Fairfax newspapers.

In 2011, Huon launched the web and iPhone-based app, Out of this has evolved The Real Review (, an online wine magazine with a team of seven contributors. The Real Review is now Australia and New Zealand's most widely read online wine magazine.

Huon contributes to Gourmet Traveller Wine (for which he is a tasting panel member and columnist), Fairfax newspapers Good Food section and Good Weekend magazine, Decanter, and various other publications.

Huon is the Australian co-chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards, and represents Australia in the Six Nations Wine Challenge. He has judged in most Australian and many overseas wine competitions, and chairs the Tasmanian Wine Show, which he has judged for the last 27 years.

Huon is also the Australian contributor for the Oxford Wine Companion and the World Atlas of Wine, both of which have recently been updated. In 2007, he was bestowed with the 2007 Australian Wine Communicator Award (AWCA).

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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