Speaker Posts Archive

John Saker

John Saker was born and educated in Wellington. He developed an interest in wine after living in France for several years where he played professional basketball. He has been writing about wine, with a specialist interest in New Zealand pinot noir, for the past 20 years. He has written for many publications, both in New Zealand and overseas, and is the author of three wine books, including Pinot Noir: The New Zealand Story. In 2008, he curated the New Zealand Portrait Gallery exhibition ‘The Face of New Zealand Wine’.

Marion Demossier

Marion Demossier is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Southampton, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. She has conducted ethnography in Burgundy over the last three decades and has published extensively on terroir, wine culture and globalisation. She has also conducted fieldwork in Champagne, Bordeaux, Jura and Languedoc, New Zealand, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK. Her most recent publication is a monograph ‘Burgundy: A Global Anthropology of Place and Taste’ published by Berghann (2018). Her current project lies with both the politics of wine heritage, and climate change. She is currently co-editing a Routledge handbook of Wine Culture (publication date 2021).

Madeleine Stenwreth MW

Madeleine Stenwreth is an international wine consultant based in Sweden with experience in nearly every aspect of the wine business.


In 2008 she became a Master of Wine and was awarded the Quinta do Noval Award for the best dissertation “The effect of altitude on Malbec in Mendoza”.


Prior to setting up her consultancy in 2010, Madeleine worked as the quality and product development manager for a leading Nordic wine importing group, as wine buyer for the Swedish alcohol retailing monopoly (Systembolaget), as marketing manager for Wines of South Africa (WOSA) and as head Sommelier and in various managerial roles at 5-star Relais & Châteaux.


Madeleine consults globally to high profile wine producers on product development, inspires and challenges winemakers on blending and quality & style strategy as well as being an appreciated coach and competence-booster for trade professionals. She holds seminars at trade events, lectures for sommeliers, WSET Diploma- and MW students.


Madeleine is a Panel Chair at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London and is a frequent international guest judge in highly respected wine competitions around the world. In 2013 she was the international judge at the Air NZ Wine Awards.

Dr Andrew Hedley

Andrew spent over 18 years at Framingham Wine Company in Marlborough before leaving at the end of 2019, establishing the wines as some of New Zealand’s most critically acclaimed and taking the winery to the #1 position in Bob Campbell MW’s The Real Review’s list of Top Wineries of New Zealand in both 2018 and 2019. Andrew started his importing business Oh So Pretty in 2010, introducing the New Zealand market to new wave minimal intervention wines along the way, before concentrating on bringing some of the best wines of Germany, Austria and Northern Italy to these shores.