Based in Sydney, Huon Hooke is one of Australia's leading independent wine writers. A journalist first and wine professional second, he has tertiary qualifications in both fields and has been writing on wine for 30 years. He pens a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald ‘Good Food’ section and contributes to Gourmet Traveller Wine, Decanter, US Sommelier Journal and various other publications.

He has published 17 books on wine, including the biography of Penfolds Grange creator Max Schubert. He co-authored the annual Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide for 14 years and was named Australia’s Wine Communicator of the Year in 2008. He’s been a show judge for 26 years and this year will chair the Boutique Wine Awards, the NSW Wine Awards, Tasmanian Regional Wine Show and represents Australia in the Six Nations Wine Challenge.