By Andy Young

Sixteen Future Leaders of Australia's grape and wine industry have successfully graduated from 2015's six-month program.

Funded by the sector and coordinated by Wine Australia in partnership with Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) and Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA), Future Leaders develops personal and professional leadership skills, encourages the development of collaborative networks and provides an understanding of the broader Australian grape and wine community.

Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark said: "The Future Leaders 2015 are truly committed to the prosperity of Australian wine and to acting collectively to positively influence the future."

The Future Leaders 2015 are:

  • Jason Amos – Lallemand Australia Pty Ltd
  • Nigel Blieschke – Peter Lehmann Wines
  • Angela Brown – All Saints Estate & St Leonards Vineyard
  • Lilian Carter – Private client winemaker/wine industry consultant
  • Andrew Calabria – Calabria Family Wines
  • Christian Dal Zotto – Dal Zotto Wines
  • Anne Duncan – Wine Australia
  • James Hook – DJ's Grower Services
  • Stuart Hordern – Brokenwood Wines
  • Tom Keelan – The Pawn Wine Co
  • Danielle Kennedy – Camperdown Cellars
  • Dave Milne – Josef Chromy Wines 
  • Suzie Muntz – Xanadu Wines
  • Samantha Payne – Consultant Sommelier/freelance wine writer
  • Gemma West – Treasury Wine Estates

WFA Chief Executive Paul Evans, said: "Future Leaders gives participants a rare opportunity to learn from decision makers, to network and expand their knowledge in the field as well as help develop new ideas to continue building achievements for the Australian wine industry.

"Congratulations to everyone involved for delivering the successful FL15 program."

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