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Jeni Port

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Jeni Port

Jeni Port

Jeni is a trained journalist, who was a cadet on Melbourne’s The Sun News-Pictorial newspaper (now Herald Sun) when she caught the wine bug. Her first story was on a woman winemaker – a subject that would become a recurring theme over her career. She wrote a weekly food market review, which quickly incorporated wine stories and that was the start of the paper’s first wine column.

She covered wine in The Age for 30 years and is an author and wine judge here and overseas, including in Germany for Mundus Vini, and Europe for Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Jeni has served on various wine bodies, is a founding board member of the Australian Women in Wine awards and has won numerous awards for wine writing over her career.

She started the first Australian women wine judges’ register for Australian wine shows to make use of, retiring from Australian wine show judging in 2021 to make space for young female associate judges to move up.

Regional focus: Central Victoria (including Bendigo, Strathbogie Ranges and Heathcote) and North East Victoria (including Beechworth, King Valley and Rutherglen).

Instagram: @jeniport | Facebook: Jeni Port

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