Saturday 21st October // Boardwalk Gallery, Wrest Point 

Samantha Connew is a highly experienced and respected winemaker, launching her solo project, Stargazer, in 2013. Prior to establishing this and her consulting company, Compass Wine Consulting, she was employed working in applied research, development and extension for the Australian Wine Research Institute as Manager of the Hunter Valley Node. Before this she was the Winemaker/Manager of boutique Hunter Valley winery, Tower Estate, after working in McLaren Vale for ten years as the Senior Winemaker at Wirra Wirra Vineyards. Among her many achievements, in 2007 she was awarded ‘International Red Winemaker of the Year’ at the prestigious International Wine Challenge in London and has sat on the board for several regional associations. In 2014 she was appointed Chair of Judges at the Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show, the first female and the youngest judge in that position.