The Australian & New Zealand Wine Show is honoured and privileged to have Huon Hooke as the founding Awards Chairman – a position he still holds to this day. The 2020 season threw many challenges our way, and due to unforeseen circumstances, Huon was unable to judge the show. Peter Leske, one of the shows long term Senior Judges took the reigns for the 2020 show as Chairperson. Gary Baldwin is a Senior judge and panel leader who has also served the show since 1996, but was unable to attend the 2020 show due to travel restrictions. Their unbroken records are unusual in the Australian wine industry and demonstrates their commitment to the boutique winemakers.
Hooke, Leske & Baldwin are joined each year by ‘permanents’ Toni Paterson MW, Andrew Thomas, Mike De Iuliis and other winemakers and industry personnel making a total of nine judges and three associate judges.