Our Educators are professionally involved in the wine industry,
from wine-making and marketing through to fine wine retailing and research.
They are dedicated to sharing the knowledge, personal stories,
expertise and experience gained through their years in the Australian wine industry.
Hylton McLean has been involved in the wine industry for over 30 years, in what amounts to three careers. During an academic career at Roseworthy and later the University of Adelaide, Hylton taught and conducted research in Oenology. Later, Hylton was a senior winemaker at Orlando wines for 10 years and now with his partner Jane Bromley operates the small Adelaide Hills Wine business known as the Honey Moon Vineyard.
Jason studied winemaking at the prestigious Adelaide University and completed a Bachelor of Agriculture (Oenology) degree in 2005. Upon completing his studies Jason joined the Penfolds winemaking team at Magill Estate, working closely with Chief Winemaker Peter Gago to craft many of Penfolds leading wines. Outside of the Australian vintage, Jason increased his winemaking knowledge by travelling to the Northern Hemisphere, completing dual harvests over the past ten years. Working in Portugal, France, USA and Canada. Over the years, Jason has been involved in an array of Penfolds events, including stewarding the Rewards of Patience tasting, assessing wines at Penfolds Re-Corking Clinics, hosting single bottle dinners, masterclasses, sales team training, wine trade tastings and consumer events. Outside of Penfolds, Jason is also a keen wine educator, leading courses at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide, where he derives great satisfaction from demystifying wine and relaying his passion for the noble grape. Travelling extensively in his role as Penfolds Winemaker Ambassador, Jason continues to share the unique wines and stories of Penfolds with all levels of enthusiast, across a variety of diverse global forums.
Driven by a passion for all things food and wine, Jarrod has been working with wines since the year 2000, mostly in a sales and marketing sense, but also with hands-on vintage grape harvest experiences both here in Australia and in Europe. He gained a degree in Wine Marketing in 2003 at the University of Adelaide and is currently studying for his Masters of Gastronomic Tourism. Jarrod loves promoting the enjoyment factor wines can bring, and how well they can be matched with foods.