Who is Happy Wine Woman?

I am a writer, educator and founder of the Happy Wine Woman Wine Club. I live in Melbourne, Australia and I have written for print and online publications with a focus on Australia and my home country, New Zealand.

Having previously worked as a professional flute player and an IT project manager, I made the switch to wine while living in Hong Kong, gaining the WSET Diploma and becoming a WSET Certified Educator in 2015. Upon completion of my studies, I was awarded the HKIWSC Scholarship for gaining the highest WSET Diploma mark in Asia that year.

Now based in Melbourne I continue to write and teach about wine in addition to managing the Happy Wine Woman Wine Club. I’m also the Australia and New Zealand correspondent for US podcast Wine for Normal People. Further studies have included completing the Rhône Master-Level Certificate with the Wine Scholar Guild where I was awarded Highest Honours in the final exam. In 2018 I was the Fellow at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show and I have also been a judge for the Young Guns of Wine Sangiovese Tasting Panel, the Melbourne International Wine Challenge and the Australian finals of the Tío Pepe Challenge.

Happy Drinking!

Simone Madden-Grey

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