NZ School of Wines and Spirits


Jane Skilton MW, Auckland and Wellington 

Jane began her wine  career in London over 30 years ago and passed the WSET ® Diploma in 1988, gaining both the Frescobaldi and Cognac  scholarships. She passed  her Master of Wine examination in 1993 and now takes an active role in  IMW activities; she is a member of Council, on the IMW Exam and  Education Committee and is the co-ordinator of the annual Australian IMW  Educational Seminar.

She moved to New Zealand in 2000 and founded  the NZ School of Wines and Spirits, teaching the Wine and Spirit  Education Trust qualifications and general wine courses to trade and  consumers. Her recent appointment to Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand as Wine  Education Director means she will divide her time between Auckland and  LCB's brand new central Wellington campus.  She sits on the Advisory Board of Le Cordon Bleu NZ.

Jane is the wine editor for Food Magazine  and contributes to a number of wine publications both in New Zealand  and overseas. She enjoys judging both national and international wine  shows.

Jo Burzynska DipWSET, Christchurch 

Jo writes a weekly wine column for the New Zealand Herald’s Viva magazine,  as well as contributing to a number of other publications in New  Zealand and abroad. She’s the New Zealand wine columnist for Harpers  magazine in the UK and a member of the prestigious Circle of Wine  Writers. Jo is also an active wine judge, for international competitions  such as the International Wine & Spirit Competition, as well as for  shows within New Zealand. 

She has passed all four WSET qualifications,  including the Level 4 Diploma. She is an Associate of the Institute of Wines and Spirits and a fully qualified WSET Certified Educator.

Ronald Wortel DipWSET, New Plymouth 

Ronald has a BA in Hotel Management, MA in Leisure and Tourism Studies and has passed the WSET Level 4 Diploma with Merit. Originally from the Netherlands, where he owned a small wine import company specialised in Portuguese wines and Port, Ronald spent 6 years in the Middle East before moving to New Plymouth in 2014. From early 2015 he will provide Level 1 and Level 2 courses in New Plymouth. As a specialist in Portuguese and German wines, he will also take care of these sections in the Level 4 Diploma courses. Next to teaching courses, Ronald also writes about New Zealand wine for the leading Dutch wine magazine "PersWijn".  

Gillian Krzanich BBus, Auckland  

Gillian is in charge of all the 'behind the scenes' action at NZSWS. She is an accounting wizard and responsible for making sure that all invoicing, payments and student records are up to date.