Maurice O’Shea Award

The late wine commentator Max Lake once asked about the great Maurice O’Shea: “How will history deal with his reputation when the wines and friends are gone?” Initiated in 1990, the biennial McWilliam’s Maurice O’Shea Award commemorates and pays homage to the legendary Maurice O’Shea.

Described by leading wine critic, James Halliday as “…the highest honour the Australian wine industry (through McWilliam’s) can confer on one of its members,” the Maurice O’Shea Award is presented to an individual, group, corporation or entity that has made a significant contribution to the Australian Wine Industry.

…the highest honour the Australian wine industry (through McWilliam’s) can confer on one of its members
– James Halliday

The Maurice O’Shea Award is awarded at an event held every two years and is attended by more than 250 people across the Australian Wine Industry.

The 2016 event is scheduled for July 25 in Adelaide at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. We are currently accepting nominations for the 2016 award. If you are interested in attending, you can buy tickets here.


Dr Peter Dry – 2014 Maurice O’Shea Award Winner

 


Peter was overseas at the time of the award ceremony so it was graciously accepted by his son, Nick Dry.


Winners

2014    Dr Peter Dry

2012    Australian Screwcap Initiative

2010   Mr Phillip Laffer

2008   Dr John Gladstones

2006   The late Dr Ray Beckwith OAM

2004   Mr Guenter Prass AM

2002   Australian Wine Research Institute

2000   Dr Wolf Blass AM

1998    The late Dr Bryce Rankine AM

1997    Mr Brian Croser OA

1996    Mrs Hazel Murphy AM

1995     Mr James Halliday AM

1994     The Jacob’s Creek Brand

1993     The late David Wynn AO

1992     The late Ron Potter AM

1991     The late Len Evans OBE AO

1990     The late Max Schubert AM