The Melbourne International Wine Competition is part of the International Beverage Competition Series, the only International Beverage Competitions judged solely by trade buyers who assess the product by category as well as retail price. If you’re looking to break into the Australian market and have your products tasted by multiple trade buyers, this competition is for you.

This Year’s Judges Panel:

Joshua D Hodges

Director/Co-Founder Mr West Bar & Bottleshop

Previous Positions
Victorian Sales Manager Feral Brewing
Little Andorra Bartender
Cookie Cocktail Bartender
Loop Roof Cocktail Bartender
Momo Bartender

What was the last boozy gift you bought for someone?
A 1.5 L Bag of Negroni

Christian Maier

Christian Maier

Group Sommelier RACV Club and Resorts

Previous Positions
Sommelier at Langton’s

Certifications, Awards & Credentials
WSET level 3
Vin de Champagne Award 2002
Best Australian Club Wine List by The Gourmet Traveller (4 years running)
Best Club Cellar List by Club Victoria (6 years running)
Wine Service Award by The Age Good Food Guide

What was the last boozy gift you bought for someone?
1998 Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling from Alsace

Learn More

Visit our How To Enter Page to learn how to submit your spirits, or take a closer look our Judging Process: