Mike Bennie

“I’ve enjoyed meeting the producers of the North West because it’s given me a great sense of the diversity and artisan approach to drinks production in and around this region. TrailGraze is innovative and interesting, and it excites me for its sense of potential.”

When Mike Bennie isn’t wandering vineyards on the four corners of the globe, he is a freelance wine and drinks writer, journalist and presenter. Along with being the wine/drinks editor for Australia’s leading food magazine delicious., and Editor-At-Large and contributor/writer to Australia’s most interactive wine commentary website WineFront.com.au, his work is found in Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, Broadsheet online and a variety of international publications. Mike is part of the team of critics that make up the esteemed James Halliday Wine Companion guide, and is a 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. Mike is also drinks director of the highly-respected WA Good Food Guide, a proud co-founder and co-director of the now retired artisan and sustainability-focused Rootstock Sydney food and wine festival, and the current Chair of the Australian Organic Wine Awards. Oh, he also makes a bit of wine in Tasmania. He is prolific with his wine and drinks work, is a regular presenter at festivals, corporate and industry events, and between travels to exotic vineyards around the world, enjoys long walks on the beach with a bottle of wine (or mezcal) in his hand.