Irina Santiago-Brown

Co-owner, winemaker and viticulturist at Inkwell Wines, Australia

Dr Irina Santiago-Brown is co-owner, winemaker and viticulturist at Inkwell Wines. She obtained the world’s first PhD for Sustainability in Viticulture in 2014. As part of that, she developed and published Sustainable Australia Winegrowing (now part of the Australian national system SWA). She was the inaugural Australian Women in Wine Award winner for Viticulturist of the Year in 2015.

Inkwell’s vineyards are certified organic and managed regeneratively. Their on-premise micro-hotel and cellar door won The Great Capitals of Wine award for the Best Vineyard Accommodation in Australia in 2018 and Australian Gourmet Wine Traveller’s award for Best Small Cellar Door and Accommodation in 2020.