Justine has been working with her family’s historic winery Henschke, since she was very young. Established by her ancestors in 1868, Henschke now celebrates over 150 years of winemaking. This sixth-generation family member has fond childhood memories of picking grapes with her brothers, foot-stomping ferments and pouring tastings in the Henschke Cellar Door.
Justine has a strong history with wine and subsequently food too, through work, travel and study. She joined the small winemaking team in the red wine cellar at Henschke through vintages 2007 and 2008. Having completed an Advanced Diploma in Arts (Acting) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing), Justine put her skills into practice at radio station Mix 102.3 FM Adelaide, wine retailer Wheeler Cellars in the United Kingdom, the luxury fashion house Chanel in New York and PR firm The Cru Media + Communications in Sydney.
Eager to expand her wine knowledge, Justine graduated from a number of wine qualifications including the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Sommelier Certificate and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits, before re-joining the family business at the beginning of 2015 in the role of Marketing and Public Relations Manager. She also travels interstate and internationally as a Henschke brand ambassador.
Justine’s wine judging credentials include the 2015/16 and 2018/19 Hot 100 Wines of South Australia. She is also a member of a number of committees and boards, including the Australia’s First Families of Wine Marketing Committee and Next Generation Committee, the Eden Valley Riesling Committee and is a national board member of Wine Communicators of Australia.