About Katie

Katie Spain is a journalist, wine writer and author.

Katie’s career highlights include feature writing for The Adelaide* Magazine, SA Weekend Magazine, Australian Wine Business Magazine, and food and wine writing for The Advertiser, Sunday Mail, The Advertiser Food Guide, Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant Guide, and Good Food Guide 2021.

Katie's Background

Katie grew up on a dairy farm in South Australia but found her writing groove (and a serious thing for wine) in London where she worked in music, travel and West End theatre journalism, and hosted a digital radio show in the backstreets of Shoreditch. She dabbled in Sydney’s world of commercial radio before heading back to Adelaide to concentrate on accumulating keyboard strokes (and tasting her way across the state).

Katie got a kick out of donning the editor hat for Broadsheet Adelaide, Fritz Magazine and G’Day Magazine. She was the 2017 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show fellow and is a regular guest on 5AA and ABC radio. She is also the author of The Producers: A Taste of South Australia, Heart & Soul: 100 Australian Family Businesses, and co-author of Adelaide Central Market – Stories, People & Recipes and The Highly Improbable Audacious Adventures of Wirra Wirra (2019 Wine Communicator Awards Best Wine Book: Trade, Technical or Consumer).

What Katie Does

Mostly, Katie writes about local treasures and ordinary folk with extraordinary lives but also has a thing for food, wine, good times and the odd creative side project involving wet paint.

If she’s not behind her keyboard she can usually be found scouring the country for stories (and cellar doors) in a tiny vintage caravan called Charlie. She likes wearing glitter, strange hats and ridiculously bright clothes and will continue to do so until she’s old and grey.