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Jane Skilton MW

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 and is an elected member of the IMW Council.

She moved to New Zealand in 2000 and founded the NZ School of Wines and Spirits, teaching Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications and general wine courses to trade and consumers. Most of her time is spent in classrooms around New Zealand but she travels internationally to deliver WSET courses.

She is the co-editor of the Independent Wine Monthly and the NZ Wine Editor for Winestate Magazine. She contributes to a number of other wine publications both in New Zealand and overseas.

She enjoys judging both national and international wine shows and has been a guest International judge in Rutherglen, Brisbane, Margaret River, Limestone Coast, Hobart, Shanghai, and London.


Meg Abbott-Walker

Meg Abbot-Walker AWIS

Meg has over ten years experience working in the hospitality industry in Wellington, Auckland and Melbourne and is a sought-after public speaker, sommelier, and wine consultant. She was awarded the Negociants Outstanding Wine Service Professional Award at the 2015 Lewisham Awards.

She has successfully completed the WSET Diploma (Level 4) and has recently dipped her toes into the world of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Working alongside Jane, she is the senior NZSWS tutor responsible for teaching all levels of WSET. Her specialist areas are the wines of Italy and Australia, and Spirits.

Emma Jenkins

Emma Jenkins MW

Emma Jenkins became New Zealand’s ninth Master of Wine in 2011 following the successful submission of her dissertation “Is there a case for sub-regional Marlborough sauvignon blanc?” She is closely involved with the MW education programme and is the IMW Research Paper Moderator.

Emma is wine columnist for the New Zealand edition of The Australian Women’s Weekly, co-editor of The Independent Wine Monthly alongside Jane, and also writes on a freelance basis for a number of trade publications.


Fumi Nakatani

Fuminobu (Fumi) Nakatani is the first and only New Zealand based professional to hold the WSET’s Level 3 Award in Saké (Distinction). Having been accepted into the WSET Sake educator program, Fumi travelled to Japan in January 2018 and successfully gained this additional qualification.

Fumi is the manager of award-winning Japanese robata restaurant and bar MASU by Nic Watt at SKYCITY Auckland.

Ronald Wortel AIWS

Ronald has a BA in Hotel Management, MA in Leisure and Tourism Studies and 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 provided Level 1 and Level 2 courses in New Plymouth. Ronald writes about New Zealand wine for the leading Dutch wine magazine “PersWijn”.

Ronald is currently posted to Oman from where he provides online teaching support to NZSWS’s Diploma Students.


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.

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