About Me

Black Estate, North Canterbury, New Zealand

Talking all things wine is my specialty, especially those wines from my home country, New Zealand and my residence, Australia.

Working as a freelance writer I cover the latest climate and sustainability issues facing the industry for Grapegrower & Winemaker and The Drinks Business. My stories about the wines, regions and gourmet destinations of Australia and New Zealand can be found in several online and print publications, including Jetstar inflight magazine, the James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine, Gourmet Traveller WINE and Wine Spectator. You can hear me talk all things Aussie and Kiwi wine as a guest on the highly rated US podcast Wine for Normal People.

I also supply corporate clients with personalised gifts that showcase the best of New Zealand and Australian wines, together with other locally sourced goodies.

After careers as a professional flute player and IT project manager I switched to wine and in 2015 I completed the WSET Diploma in Hong Kong where I was subsequently awarded HKIWSC Scholarship for attaining the highest WSET Diploma score in Asia. After moving back to Melbourne, I was awarded the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show Fellow in 2018. Further studies have included the Wine Scholar Guild Rhône Master-Level Certificate (2016) and the Wine Scholar Guild Spanish Wine Scholar (2021) where I was awarded Highest Honours in both exams. I have been a judge and tasting panel member for Dan Murphy’s, Young Gun of Wine, Melbourne International Wine Challenge and the Australian finals of the Tío Pepe Challenge.

Simone Madden-Grey DipWSET, SWS

E: happywinewoman@gmail.com