Matt holds a Bachelor of Wine Science from Charles Sturt University and is currently working to complete an MBA from the same institution. He has been involved at various levels of winemaking and wine business management for the last 11 years. Starting out as a trainee winemaker in the Hunter Valley, Matt then went on to gain invaluable experience making wine in the United States and France before heading to Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley.
He finally settled at Wandin Valley Estate at Lovedale in the Lower Hunter where he was ultimately promoted to the dual role of winemaker and general manager. During his time at Wandin Valley Matt’s wines gained many accolades and in 2010 Matt was recognised as the “Hunter Valley’s Rising Star” at the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Awards.
In 2011 Matt left Wandin Valley to run the Gundog Estate wine business and cellar door in the Hunter Valley. Under Matt’s management and winemaking, both Wandin Valley Estate and Gundog Estate have been awarded a prestigious five-star winery rating from Australia’s leading wine critic, James Halliday.
Matt is also the Director of Burton International Wine Consultants, a company he founded in 2010. Through this business he provides a consulting service covering all major aspects of wine production and wine business to other small wine producers.