When Mike Bennie isn’t wandering international vineyards he’s a freelance wine and drinks writer, journalist and presenter.  

Bennie is the wine/drinks editor for Australia’s leading food magazine, delicious., along with editor-at-large and contributor/writer to WineFront.com.au – Australia’s most interactive wine commentary website. His work is found in Wine magazine, Broadsheet online and a variety of international publications. 

This beverage connoisseur is also among the team of critics behind the esteemed James Halliday Wine Companion guide, and co-founder and partner in the landmark P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants: a store and education space devoted to artisan fermented, brewed and distilled products.  

Bennie is drinks director of the highly respected WA Good Food Guide, and proud co-founder and co-director of the now retired artisan and sustainability-focused Rootstock Sydney food and wine festival. He is currently the chair of the Australian Organic Wine Awards – and also makes a bit of wine in Tasmania!  

Bennie is prolific with his wine and drinks work, regularly presents at festivals, corporate and industry events, and in between travels to exotic vineyards around the world, enjoying long walks on the beach with a bottle of wine (or mezcal) in his hand.