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Professional Alumnus of the Year
Michael is sitting on an outdoor step, smiling at the camera.

Michael’s passion and love for all things wine is evident in his vast 37 year experience in the industry, which includes consulting, education and vineyard design. Michael graduated from UniSQ in 2012 with a Master of Professional Studies (Viticulture), and his talent has been put to expert use since 1999, where he still works with Symphony Hill Wines.

Michael’s national impact has been recognised through the Churchill Fellowship he received in 2012. This fellowship allowed Michael to research 50 European Wine Regions and integrate those findings into his “Vineyard for the Future” project at Queensland College of Wine and Tourism (QCWT) which will provide over 100 alternative wine grape varieties throughout Queensland to be trialled.

In addition to his slew of accolades and experiences internationally and domestically in the industry, Michael has designed and implemented at least 100 vineyards throughout Queensland and New South Wales, and has received over 95 Gold Medals and 76 trophies in the past decade alone.