Graham Gregory Award

The prestigious Graham Gregory Award, the top citation acknowledging an individual's outstanding contribution to the NSW wine industry.

Winegrowers, winemakers, and others involved in the wine industry such as researchers, educators, leaders and innovators are encouraged to apply.

Please note, this is a retrospective award recognising outstanding contribution from previous year/s.

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2015 winner

Rick Colless awards Bill Calabria his award.

Bruce Tyrrell AM, Managing Director of Tyrrell’s Wines was presented with the prestigious Graham Gregory Award at the 2016 NSW Wine Awards held in Sydney

At the helm of one of Australia’s most successful family-owned multigenerational wine companies, Bruce has a long history of being highly active in the NSW Hunter Valley industry holding numerous key roles – Director, Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association; Former President (twice) of Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association; Director, Hunter Valley Research Foundation and a Founding member of Australia’s First Families of Wine.

Bruce’s wine career has driven Hunter Semillon to a high level of recognition in the local and world markets. He has championed this through classic site selection, and has been an innovator in the development of single vineyards and regional site specific wines. As a result of his drive and passion, Bruce was named “Hunter Valley Business Person of the Year” in 2003, and awarded an AM under the Order of Australia in 2006. This was followed in 2009 with the bestowal of the “Hunter Valley Living Legend” title.

Representing a third Graham Gregory win for Tyrrell’s, Bruce now joins an illustrious list of winners of this trophy, including his father Murray Tyrrell in 1993, and Murray Flannigan, Tyrrell’s long serving Cellar Door Private Bin host in 2007.

“I am honoured to receive this award as I now join some of the great men of our industry. I have done what I believe needed to be done at the times when the industry was under threat. I now look to the younger generation to carry that on.” Bruce Tyrrell

Past winners

Year Graham Gregory Trophy winner
2015Bruce Tyrell AM
2014 Bill Calabria OAM
2013 Chris Barnes AM
2012 David Lowe
2011 Brian Freeman
2010 R F Hilder
2009 D J (Doug) McWilliam
2008 E G Walhquist
2007 M Flannigan
2006 G R Scollary
2005 P Ryan
2004 R Turkington
2003 J Brayne
2002 I L Riggs
2001 B J McGuigan
2000 P L Shaw
1999 G R Johnston
1998 R H Roberts
1997 L P Evans
1996 K F Helm AM
1995 D A V (Deen) De Bortoli
1994 D R (Don) McWilliam
1993 M D Tyrrell
1992 R I Oatley
1991 G R Gregory