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Lessons from Down Under: Three Master Winemakers share their COVID Harvest Experience (Webinar)

June 4, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

Australia and New Zealand went into COVID-19 lockdown on March 23, right in the middle of Harvest. This webinar is a rare opportunity to hear, first hand, from three master winemakers who, without warning, had to navigate harvest with the sudden lockdown restrictions. These winemakers share their experience, insights, and lessons learned with Jamie Gilchrist, Co-Founder and Director of Sales, vintrace wine production software, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Join us during this free webinar to hear Jamie Gilchrist, Jeremy Dineen, Nikolai St George, and Dan Buckle reflect on:

  • What they would have done differently if they had time to prepare (COVID restrictions went into place after harvest had begun)
  • How they enacted social distancing and its effect on harvest
  • The role technology played
  • And other questions about the extraordinary circumstances they faced
Jamie Gilchrist

Moderated by:

Jamie Gilchrist
Co-Founder, Chief Sales Officer / vintrace

Co-Founder and Sales Director of vintrace wine production software, based in Melbourne, Australia. Jamie will share the interviews, add his perspective, and participate in a Q&A.

Winemaker Panel:

Jeremy Dineen
Winemaker & General Manager / Josef Chromy, Tasmania
Jeremy Dineen

Born and bred in Tasmania, Jeremy Dineen has been at the helm of Josef Chromy Wines since its inception in 2005.

Hand-picked by Josef to lead his namesake business, Josef Chromy Wines has since grown into one of Tasmania’s most successful wine businesses, producing premium estate wines, and offering contract winemaking services. Prior to this, Jeremy had already developed an intimate knowledge of Tasmanian viticulture, and the complexities associated with contract winemaking, during five vintages at Hood Wines in southern Tasmania with 38 vineyards under his care.

Nikolai St George
Chief Winemaker / Giesen, New Zealand
Nikolai St George

Nikolai St George leads Giesen’s winemaking team ensuring they offer a suite of wines for wine lovers across the world to enjoy. Nikolai joined Giesen in early 2016 bringing with him three consecutive ‘Winemaker of the Year’ titles: New Zealand Royal Easter Wine Show 2015 and 2013 and the 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show.

Originally from the King Country, Nikolai’s winemaking career has taken him around New Zealand and the world – including stints in Chile, France, Australia, and the United States.

Dan Buckle
Winemaking Director / Domaine Chandon, Australia
Dan Buckle

It might not be that surprising that Dan wound up in the wine industry. With his father owning his own vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula, Dan planted, pruned, and picked throughout his teenage years, and beyond.

After jumping into the restaurant and bar world, Dan studied for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Wine. It’s a tale of wanderlust from there, moving between vintages in Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne, and years at Coldstream Hills, Yering Station, and Mount Langi Ghiran.

Dan has been Winemaking Director at Domaine Chandon since 2012, where he guides the style of the winery’s méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines.

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June 4, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
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