With over 50 years in the wine industry, Ian McKenzie has been serving as a Director of The Wine Society since 2004.
A wine show judge since the mid-1970s, Ian is today regarded as one of Australia's most senior wine judges and has previously served as Chairman of Judges for the Canberra National, Adelaide, Perth, ACT, Barossa, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Mt. Barker, Hunter Valley, Riverland, Victoria, Ballarat and Lilydale Wine Shows. He has also judged at wine shows in California, New Zealand and South Africa and is still actively involved in wine show judging in Australia and overseas.
Ian has leant his experience as a Tutor at the annual Len Evans Tutorial (since its inception in 2001), and from the late 1980s until mid-2004 he was a consultant to QANTAS Airways as a member of their Wine Selection Panel.
Ian's winemaking career began in 1959 as Trainee Winemaker at Berri Co-op Winery and Distillery where he remained for twenty four years including being appointed Chief Winemaker in 1976. In 1983 he joined Seppelt as their Chief Winemaker and Victorian Regional Manager. Following the formation of Southcorp Wines, of which Seppelt was a key brand, he was appointed Southcorp Wines Chief Winemaker in 1991, a position he held until his retirement in April 2001 after which he established a small consulting company. Significant projects completed under his direction were the development of Seppelt Salinger (one of Australia's most highly regarded sparkling wines) and Penfolds Yattarna (arguably Australia's most sought after Chardonnay).
Since his retirement from a full time position with Southcorp Wines he has been retained as a Consultant in a number of capacities by various wineries in Australia, Chile, South Africa and India.