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 held several roles within the wine industry with a career spanning over 30 years. During an academic career at Roseworthy and later at the University of Adelaide, Hylton taught and conducted research in Oenology. Then, after serving 10 years as the senior winemaker at Orlando wines, Hylton and his partner Jane Bromley fulfilled their dream of establishing a vineyard on their doorstep, producing small-batch cool-climate wines. Their winery Honey Moon Vineyard is located in the Adelaide Hills and their Shiraz was awarded the inaugural trophy for Best Wine of Provenance in the 2017 Adelaide Hills Wine Show. Hylton’s love for wine and commitment to the industry shines through in everything he touches.
James has been involved in the hospitality aspects of the wine industry since 2013. He has been a certified sommelier since 2015 and has worked in restaurants and cellar doors in both Western Australia and South Australia. James is passionate about educating people in the wonders of wine and believes it is important to engage people in all aspects of the wine industry. Since working at the National Wine Centre, James is focused on showcasing the depth of Australian wine and uncovering regions and producers.
Rhys' first experience working with wine was an internship with the South Australian Tourism Commission in 2001 writing a report into wine tourism for Asian markets. Since then he has worked in a variety of wine roles covering production, education, tourism, events, writing, radio broadcasting and film-making. He is co-owner of Small Change Wines, making and selling small batch wines from various regions in South Australia and Victoria. Rhys has worked for the National Wine Education and Training Centre as an educator since 2008. He loves sharing stories about the wine industry with course participants and equally enjoys hearing about their favourite wine experiences.
Lucien Alperstein is a microbiologist currently researching yeast from Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait fermentation at the University of Adelaide. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a with expertise in microbiology and genetics and is passionate about the microorganisms responsible for fermentation. In a previous life Lucien worked as a journalist and brings this expertise into science communication. Lucien has worked with wine both as a scientist and in fine dining restaurants and wine bars and consulted to, conducted workshops for and given lectures to breweries, bars, universities and restaurants about the science, history and culture of fermentation practices.
Yaelle Saltman has a background in winemaking, the art of wine sensory and in food & wine pairing. In 2001 Yaelle completed her Oenology degree from the University of Adelaide. Fresh from Uni, she then travelled the world, working her way from cellar hand to head winemaker in wineries in Bordeaux, the Napa Valley, New Zealand and Israel. In 2011 Yaelle began a PhD with a focus on wine sensory at the University of Adelaide, and since its completion, Yaelle has been working on a range of sensory projects at the University as a sensory panel leader. Yaelle truly loves the opportunity being a wine educator and wine communicator gives her to share the stories, knowledge and experience she has collected throughout her career.