Matt Wenk

Smidge Winemaker & Founder

Welcome to Matt Decanted as we see the wine industry through Smidge winemaker and founder’s eyes Matt Wenk. In it’s first season Matt is travelling to meet winemaking and flavour creators accross the country (borders permitting) and chat about their passion, inspirations and the path that led them to where they are today.

Matt Wenk the Winemaker

For the past 25+ years Matt has been creating and experiencing some of the worlds best wines – A fact that is largely unknown Matt remains the only winemaker in the world to have wines of his making in internationally acclaimed Wine Spectator top 100 for 10 consecutive years.

Despite the accolade, he has focussed on his own passionately Boutique vision of making remarkable and outstanding wines that can celebrate the nuance of site and vintage.

For those fortunate enough to spend time with Matt chatting about wine will quickly realise his depth of experience and knowledge combined with a with a genuine enthusiasm to share that is unmistakable.

He might tell you it was his childhood watching and helping his Spanish grandmother in the kitchen that ignited his love of flavour and balance. No doubt she would be proud watching him build on these memories’ winemaking in France, California, and the Hunter Valley – at each stage building experience before being awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial.

While his achievements around are exceptional and on Matt tends to dismiss the accolades and attention with his personal philosophy that ‘you’re only as good as your last wine’.

With this level of respect for his craft, you can taste the experience, care and passion in Matt’s wines – it is unmistakable.