MATTHEW J LANE

Foster's Wine Estates Americas


Matthew Lane comes to Foster’s Wine Estates Americas from the (formerly Southcorp Wines LTD) portfolio. Matt’s profession in wine blossomed at Penfolds’ 5 star prestigious Magill Estate restaurant in Adelaide, South Australia, where he served as Head Sommelier and Senior Wine Educator for over four years before relocating to the USA in early 2003. Prior the Magill Estate, Matt held positions with Hyatt international and other prestigious wine restaurants in Australia as their Head Sommelier & wine buyer.

Matt has comprehensive experience in training, development and education. He conducts wine education for Foster’s internal staff and external clients on a global scale, as well as being a guest wine, food and sensory lecturer at the University of Adelaide—arguably one of Australia’s top wine training colleges, Johnson & Wales Universities in the USA, plus, most recently Harvard and Stanford universities. He has also worked as a guest Sommelier at Charlie Trotter’s restaurant in Chicago, the exclusive Lanesborough Hotel in London, the luxurious Palazzo Versace resort in Australia.

He has been involved in widespread sensory tasting, winemaking, testing and training with top winemakers from Foster’s in Australia & USA winemaking operations. He has passed the USA Professional Wine Judges and Sensory Evaluation course, graduating dux; He also recently has completed Enology and Viticulture 3 at the University of California, Davis.

Matt has won the exclusive international Vin de Champagne award twice, and was also named South Australian Sommelier of the Year for 2001.

As Foster’s Director of Wine Education for the Americas and Canada, Matt will raise the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the Foster’s Wine Estates global portfolio by providing extensive education and training to distributors, trade, media, and Foster’s staff throughout the Americas and Canada. Based in Napa, California, he works closely with the Sales and Public Relations departments to produce educational materials for use at a multitude of events and by the sales teams. After two years of development, Matt recently launched Foster’s on-line wine education program known as Wine Edge, which has quickly been noted by contemporaries as “one of the most authoritative and comprehensive Australian wine on-line course’s ever created.”

Matt, 36, has been in the industry for over fifteen years. He was born and raised in Australia and currently lives in Napa, California.

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