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Patrons & Life Members

Since 1992, the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia has honoured individuals who had made a particularly significant contribution to the Australian wine industry, by electing them to the College of Patrons (if their career has included a period of service on an industry body) or awarding them Life Membership of the Australian Wine Industry.

Australian Grape & Wine is honoured to continue to recognise the service and achievements of our most outstanding contributors.

As well as recognising achievement, the College also allows us to retain and make available for the benefit of the industry the accumulated experience and counsel of eminent industry members after their retirement.

Existing members annually nominate and consider possible candidates for investiture.

Patrons and the year of their appointment

  • Dr Terry Lee OAM (2007)
  • Mr Peter Barnes (2005)
  • Mr Brian Croser AO (2002)
  • Mr Tony Smith (2001)
  • Mr Karl Seppelt AO (1997)
  • Mr d’Arry Osborn OAM (1994)
  • Mr Richard Haselgrove AM (1993)
  • Mr John Pendrigh AM (1992)
  • Mr Ian Mackley AM (1992)
Former Patrons
  • (The late) Mr Len Evans AO OBE (1995) 
  • (The late) Mr Don McWilliam AM (1994)
  • (The late) Mr Tom Angove AM (1993)
  • (The late) Mr Bob Hardy (1992)
  • (The late) Mr Peter Wall AM (1999)

Life Members and the year of their appointment

  • Mr James Halliday AM (2017)
  • Mr Chris Hancock MW (2017)
  • Mr Denis Horgan AM (2017)
  • Mr Wolf Blass AM BVK (2016)
  • Mr John Angove AM (2016)
  • Mr Philip Laffer AM (2014)
  • Mr Bill Chambers OAM (2005)
  • Mr Colin Gramp AM (2003)
Former Life Members
  • (The late) Br John May SJ (2004)
  • (The late) Dr Tony Jordan OAM (2019)
  • (The late) Mr Leo Pech (2019)
  • (The late) Mr Graham Wiltshire OAM (2005)
  • (The late) Mr Guenter Prass AM (2004)
  • (The late) Dr Ray Beckwith OAM (2003)
  • (The late) Mr Colin Campbell OAM (2016)
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