Rob Hirst
Rob Hirst
Chairman – House of Fine Wine & Tucker Seabrook

With over 30 years now in the Industry, Rob, initially a Chartered Accountant and MBA (Marketing-Macquarie), is currently Chairman of Tucker Seabrook and consults to a number of Brands and businesses in the Alcohol and Beverage Industry. Currently also a Board Member of Wine Communicators of Australia, and a Member of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales – Sydney Wine Show Committee plus a member of Sommeliers Australia.

In 2005 Rob was inducted, with late wife Judy, into the Restaurant & Catering Hall of Fame, for services to the Industry and in 2008 received the Sydney Morning Herald Annual Industry Good Food Guide – Professional Excellence Award. In 2014 received the Legend of the Vine Award from Wine Communicators Australia for services to the Australian Wine Industry.

A passionate supporter of industry education, Rob and Tucker Seabrook established the Australian operations for the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) in 1991 and today is an Australian Ambassador for the world’s largest wine & spirit education organisation the UK based Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) plus also working with the Oceania Board of the highly respected worldwide Court of Master Sommeliers.

Additionally, a great believer that excellence everywhere should be recognised and rewarded, in 1988 founded the Tucker Seabrook Trophy for the Australian Show Wine of the year – which recognises Australia’s top show wine each year from the “Wines of Show” at each of the Nation’s Capital City Wine Shows in the preceding 12 months. Also, in keeping with recognising and rewarding excellence – and as a passionate supporter as well of the Australian On-Premise sector generally, in 1994, founded Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards and subsequently in 2012, founded greater China’s Wine List of the Year Awards – both now the foremost such Awards in both Countries.