IWSC Presidents


Passionate about delivering innovative, quality wine to wine drinkers all over the world, Neil McGuigan’s commitment is showcased in the entire McGuigan portfolio of wines and is paramount in his role as CEO of parent company, Australian Vintage.

Neil McGuigan first rose to fame in 1985 when restaurateur and wine merchant, Johnny Walker referred to Neil as “the most brilliant young winemaker of his time”. He has lived up to these expectations by leading the McGuigan Wines team to the prestigious title of International Winemaker of the Year and Australian Producer of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2012, becoming one of the elite few in the competitions 44 year history to win this award 3 times at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London.

Neil McGuigan is one of Australia’s foremost winemakers and brings over 30 years experience in the wine industry to Australian Vintage and McGuigan Wines. Growing up in a family of winemakers in the Hunter Valley naturally led Neil to pursue a career in winemaking and viticulture. After studying and graduating with a degree in Oenology in South Australia, Neil joined brother Brian as a winemaker at Wyndham Estate where he established his career, eventually moving into the role of Group Production Director.

From there he worked with Brian and his other brother Ross to establish the McGuigan Brothers label before moving on to become a part owner and winemaker for Briar Ridge Vineyard, building one of the most sought after vineyards in the Hunter Valley. His next challenge took him to Rothbury Estate in the role of General Manager/Chief Winemaker for four years before he rejoined his brother Brian at McGuigan Simeon Wines (now Australian Vintage) as General Manager of Production and Wine Supply in 2004.
As an acclaimed winemaker with extensive experience and insight into the wine industry, Neil is a respected wine judge at National and International levels. Renowned as an innovator in the field of Australian wine, Neil McGuigan’s continuous ingenuity and commitment to quality drives the continued success of the McGuigan wine brand. Neil was appointed CEO of Australian Vintage in July 2010.

IWSC Vice-Presidents

Recent presidents become active vice presidents after their term of office. A list of their names appears below. 
Year Name Company Country


Dr Laura Catena Bodegas Catena Zapata Argentina


G. Garvin Brown IV Brown-Forman Corporation  USA


Mauricio Gonzalez Gordon Gonzalez Byass S.A. Spain


Prince Robert of Luxembourg Domaine Clarence Dillon France
2010 Prinz Michael zu Salm-Salm Prinz Salm Dalberg'sches Weingut Germany
2009 Sir Ian Good The Edrington Group Scotland
2008 Rafael Guilisasti Viñedos Emiliana SA Chile
2007 Gina Gallo E&J Gallo Family Estate USA
2006 Anthony von Mandl Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Canada
2005 Wolf Blass Wolf Blass Wines Australia
2004 Paul Symington The Symington Family Port Shippers Portugal
2003 Claes Dahlbäck Vin & Sprit Sweden
2002 Dominique Hériard Dubreuil CEO, Rémy-Cointreau France
2001 Warren Winiarski Stags Leap Wine Cellars USA
2000 Baroness Philippine de Rothschild Baron Philippe de Rothschild Ltd France
1999 Miguel Torres Miguel Torres Spain
1998 Sir Anthony Greener Diageo UK
1997 Jean Hugel Hugel et Fils France
1996 Dr Anton Rupert  Rembrandt Group South Africa
1995 Marchese Leonardo de' Frescobaldi Marchesi dé Frescobaldi Italy
1994 Michael Jackaman Allied Domecq UK
1993 May de Lencquesaing Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande France
1992 Chris Hancock Hon MW Rosemount Estates Australia
1991 Peter MF Sichel H. Sichel Söhne USA
1990 Robert Drouhin Maison Joseph Drouhin France
1989 José Ignacio Domecq  Domecq Spain
1988 Marchese Piero Antinori Marchese Antinori Italy
1987 Kenneth Graham FIAE Whyte & Mackay Scotland
1986 Dr Max Lake  Oenologist & lecturer Australia
1985 Marquis de Goulaine Château de Goulaine France
1984 Mme Odette Pol Roger  Champagne Pol Roger France
1983 Robert Mondavi Hon MW Mondavi Winery USA
1982 Dr Hans Ambrosi Oenologist & lecturer Germany
1981 Harry Waugh MBE Hon MW  Wine consultant UK
1980 Peter Noble CBE Wine consultant UK


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