I am a writer and educator living in Melbourne, Australia. I teach WSET and wine appreciation classes around Melbourne and I write for print and online publications, focusing 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 and from 2015-2019 I founded and managed 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 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 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.

Happy Drinking!

Simone Madden-Grey


Email logo  simonemgrey@happywinewoman.com