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Wine Australia’s Future Leaders Program is the wine community’s peak personal and professional leadership program. It is designed for the ’emerging leaders’ who are ready to step up and take their businesses and our sector to the next level. 

The bi-annual program offered to applicants with open, creative, inquisitive minds who are early to mid-career and already demonstrating leadership potential.

This webinar will hear more about the program from Wine Australia’s Senior R&D Program manager, Jo Hargreaves. Joining Jo will be 2019 graduates; Nadja Wallington (Philip Shaw Wines) and Dylan McMahon (Seville Estate) to provide a first-hand insight into the program. Together they will share their own experiences in the program, the impact it has had on their careers and why you should consider applying in 2021.

This webinar is kindly sponsored by Wine Australia and is FREE to all. To register, Click here.



Jo Hargreaves joined Wine Australia in 2017, taking on responsibility for the portfolio of grape and wine sector people development programs funded by Wine Australia. This includes managing the biennial Future Leaders program – a highly successful industry led initiative which has been running since 2006. Jo readily admits she harbours a healthy scepticism when it comes to leadership development, which is why measuring the impact and success of Future Leaders graduates is now an important focus of her work – and not difficult given the calibre of participants and alumni. Jo’s background is in psychology, literature, social science research, evaluation, public policy and the education sector


Dylan McMahon was on track to become an electronic engineer until he decided to follow his destiny and make wine. His grandfather Dr Peter McMahon planted the first vines at Seville Estate in Victoria’s Yarra Valley in 1972.

Dylan spent his first years working under the direction from previous winemakers Alistair Butt and Iain Riggs at Seville Estate and Brokenwood. Dylan feels fortunate to have travelled in his early career working vintages at Hugel & Fils (2002), Domaine Paul Blanck (2003) and Jean Claude Boisset (2008) in Burgundy. 

Graduated from Charles Sturt Uni in Wagga with a bachelor of Wine Science in 2008. Dylan took over as winemaker in 2004 and continues the wine styles that Dr McMahon believed in. Seville Estate has since win extensive trophies and medals and was awarded the 2019 ‘Winery of the Year’ from James Halliday Wine Companion.  

Dylan regularly judges at Wine Shows around the country which is crucial to continuing his knowledge and skills in the industry. He also sits on local industry based committees contributing his time to help improve and develop Yarra Valley wines. 

Nadja Wallington completed her bachelor of Winemaking and Viticulture through Charles Sturt University in 2010 then spent three years overseas working as a winemaker in California, South Africa and Bordeaux.  Since 2014 Nadja has been at Philip Shaw Wines in Orange NSW as Winemaker.  During this time, she has also been involved in an advisory role to her family wine business in Canowindra NSW, Wallington Wines.  Recently Nadja has purchased a vineyard in Orange with her Fiancée with the intention to launch our own brand in 2021.   

In 2019 Nadja was selected into the Future leaders’ program and was the recipient of the Royal Sydney Wine assessment Scholarship to attend the AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course.  She is currently the Chair of the Orange Wine Show committee and is involved in wine show judging.  Her experience is in small wine business and winemaking.  She is passionate about environmental sustainability, social sustainability and wine excellence.