Dry Extract Interview: Nigel Sneyd MW, Accolade Wines, Reynella, Australia
Nigel Sneyd MW, Accolade Wines, Reynella, Australia
Nigel Sneyd MW is the global director of wine and quality for Accolade Wines in Australia and a board member of the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). He studied oenology in Australia and in Lyon, France and subsequently achieved an MBA at the Universities of Adelaide and Monash. With winemaking secondments in nearly every continent, he also was director of winemaking for E&J Gallo in California. Nigel was also Director of Domaine de la Baume in France, and later director of a négociant business specialising in high-end appellation wines from the Languedoc.
The best advice I ever got
To apply for the position of manager of extension and advisory services at AWRI when still only 25 years old (from the late Ian Hickinbotham).
My life motto
We can always do better!
I am currently reading
The World of Fine Wine current issue.
My most played music track
Recently, Jeff Beck playing Nitin Sawney’s Nadia live at Ronnie Scott’s in London.
If I didn’t do my current job I would be
Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have
Being able to better swing a golf club…
My favourite kind of exercise
Golf, although I really should force a little harder on the athletic front.
I relax while
Eating with wine to accompany, listening to music, watching films, walking on the beach.
I’ve moved so many time I tend not to collect. Some wines have managed to follow me though.
My essential newspaper/magazine
My desert-island wine
I have learnt a lot from
Living away from my home country
My last meal and sip will be
Piedmontese truffles shaved over fresh pasta and a ’78 Château Léoville Las Cases.
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