The Australian Wine Research Institute has announced three new board directors starting January 2021.
The Adelaide-based research organisation has named McLaren Vale winemaker Corrina Wright, Brown Family Wine Group Chief Viticulturist Brett McClen and Accolade Wines Global Director of Wine and Quality Nigel Sneyd as its new members.
They replace outgoing directors Wendy Cameron and Iain Jones.
Wright is a winemaker and director of McLaren Vale family business Oliver’s Taranga, while also judging and chairing wine shows across Australia.
She has served on a number of wine boards, including the McLaren Vale Grape, Wine & Tourism Association and the Winemakers Federation of Australia and is currently part of the Australian Women in Wine Awards advisory board.
In his role as Chief Viticulturist for Brown Family Wine Group, McClen oversees the company’s grape-growing and sourcing, and manages vineyards across the Murray Valley, King Valley, Heathcote and Tasmania.
He has an honours degree in Agricultural Science and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
He has served two terms as a Director of the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology.
Prior to his position with Accolade Wines, Sneyd spent 15 years with E&J Gallo overseeing the company’s international winemaking operations and as a Director of Winemaking in California.
He also worked as Director of Domaine de la Baume in France and later as director of a negociant business specialising in high-end appellation wines from the Languedoc.
Sneyd completed his Masters of Business Administration shortly before leaving Australia for France in 1994.