Blair Hill AIWS
BPE, Dip Ed (UWA),
Grad Dip Bus (Marketing) (ECU),
Dip Wine & Spirits (WSET – UK)
In 1996, Blair completed the Certificate and Higher Certificate at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), which is based in London. He completed the Graduate Diploma in Business (Marketing) at Edith Cowan University in 1999 and the two year Diploma in Wine and Spirits (Wine and Spirit Education Trust – London) in 2000.
In 2005 he was accepted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Wines & Spirits and entitled to use the distinctive letters AIWS.
Blair is currently the Marketing and Sales Manager for Aravina Estate which is situated at the northern end of the Margaret River wine region. He is responsible for all domestic marketing and sales for the brand and manages exports in Asia, including Mainland China, Indonesia and Malaysia. Blair is responsible for the marketing of the Vineyard restaurant as well as organising wine events for the premier Club.
Prior to working at Aravina Estate, Blair was the Marketing and Sales Manager of the Fogarty Wine Group (Millbrook Winery – Perth Hills, Deep Woods Estate – Margaret River and Lakes Folly – Hunter Valley) for 9.5 years.
Blair is currently one of the senior lecturers at Full Bottle Wine Education (formerly Wine Education Centre).
In 2002 and 2003 Blair was a sessional lecturer at Curtin University in Sensory Evaluation 202, a second year Oenology and Viticulture unit.
Blair is currently delivering the Level 2 and 3 of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses to the Perth wine trade.
Blair has judged at a number of wine shows including the Swan Valley and Geographe Wine Shows.
He is a current member of the Scoop magazine tasting panel that meets every quarter to judge wines for inclusion into the Food and Drink section of the magazine.
Blair has been the wine reviewer for ABC 720 radio – ‘Afternoons’ for ten years.
In 2007 Blair was awarded the Court Wine Bar/Wine Press Club Media Award for contribution to the WA wine industry through the work with ABC 720 radio.