Graham Gregory Award

The prestigious Graham Gregory Award, is 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 that the award is retrospective recognising service for the previous year.

Purpose of the award

Recognition by peers of an individual for honourable contributions benefiting the NSW wine industry generally. These contributions will be in one or more of the following fields and/or in any other field which advances the NSW wine industry:

  • Leadership
  • Technology and innovation
  • Research and development
  • Industry regulation
  • Winemaking and viticulture
  • Enhancing regional and/or state profile
  • Education and training
  • Market development
  • Environmental footprint.

The award is named after former NSW Agriculture Deputy Director General Graham Gregory, who was instrumental in the development of the NSW wine industry, and recognises areas such as leadership, research and development, winemaking, education and market development.

2020 winner

NSW Department of Primary Industries Deputy Director General Agriculture Kate Lorimer-Ward, with Hunter Valley viticulturist Liz Riley, winner of the 2020 Graham Gregory Award in recognition of her major contributions to the NSW wine industry.

NSW Department of Primary Industries Deputy Director General Agriculture Kate Lorimer-Ward, with Hunter Valley viticulturist Liz Riley, winner of the 2020 Graham Gregory Award in recognition of her major contributions to the NSW wine industry.

Cool climate wine maker recognised as industry best

Almost thirty years of service to the NSW wine industry has been recognised, with Hunter Valley viticulturist Liz Riley awarded the prestigious 2020 Graham Gregory Award.

Ms Riley received the award in recognition of her major contributions through research and development to improve vineyard sustainability and productivity.

“Congratulations to Liz, whose passion to improve research and development, vineyard sustainability, climate change adaption and fruit quality for growers makes her a worthy recipient of the Graham Gregory Award,” former Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales, Adam Marshall said.

“A National Nuffield Farming Scholar in 1997, this adds to a long list of well-deserved achievements for Liz, who started in the NSW wine and viticulture industry after graduating from the University of Adelaide in 1992.

“Liz owns and operates Vitbit, a viticulture consultancy that provides expert technical and practical advice to vineyard owners across NSW, Australia and the globe.”

The 2020 Graham Gregory Award recognises areas such as leadership, research and development, winemaking, education and market development.

NSW Wine Industry Association President Mark Bourne said Ms Riley’s significant contribution to the NSW wine industry is unlike any other.

“Her advocacy for the NSW wine industry on research, development, extension and precision viticulture has been a major driver in keeping NSW grape growers and winemakers at the forefront of quality and sustainability,” Mr Bourne said.

Ms Riley has been recognised nationally and locally by industry. Most recently, she received the Award for Excellence from the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association for helping co-ordinate the response to the emerging smoke taint challenges of Vintage 2020.

Past winners

Year Graham Gregory Trophy winner
2020Liz Riley
2019Justin Jarrett
2018John Casella
2017Stuart McGrath-Kerr
2016Dr Richard Sheldrake AM
2015Bruce Tyrrell 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 AM
1992 R I Oatley
1991 G R Gregory