Gavin Speight has a 25 year career history in the Australian and US wine industries, the last fifteen of which have been based in Napa, California as the Vice President of Wine and Marketing for Old Bridge Cellars. A pioneering importer of Australian artisanal wine estates, the company now also represents leading family estates from New Zealand, Italy, France and Oregon.
In this role he has been instrumental in introducing the American market to many regionally diverse global wines and brands, including Leeuwin Estate, Cullen, d’Arenberg, John Duval Wines, Penley Estate, Giant Steps, Jasper Hill and Greywacke among many others.
He also oversees and develops the wines and brands that are wholly or partly owned by Old Bridge Cellars. These projects now span three continents and include such regions as Central Otago, Beaujolais, Burgundy, Oregon, California, Yarra Valley and McLaren Vale. Many of these labels have achieved considerable acclaim and include Maison l’Envoye, Chapter 24, Innocent Bystander NZ, Shoofly and Frisk.
His focus on education and working with some of the most respected family wineries has been recognized by the likes of the Wine Advocate (“readers should look for Australian wines carrying the import label of Gavin Speight, Old Bridge Cellars”) and the Wine Spectator (”Gavin Speight, who imports some of Australia's finest and most venerable artisanal wines”).
Prior to moving to the US, his roles included launching Devil’s Lair, a successful Margaret River estate, establishing the Penfolds/Southcorp wine group’s National On Premise Marketing division, and Director of the Sydney Olympic Wine Program for Olympic sponsor Lindemans.
A graduate of the University of Western Australia before attending the famed Roseworthy Wine School in South Australia he has written numerous articles for wine and lifestyle publications in Australia. His countless research trips to the great wine-growing regions of the world have provided Speight with a global perspective of the industry and he has served on many judging panels.
He is the former Chairman for the steering committee of Wine Australia, the industry body established to promote Australian wines in the US, and continues to advise this organization.