One of the wine industry’s most prominent figures, Dr Max Lake, passed away this week, leaving a significant legacy behind.
Born in the US in 1924, Lake studied medicine at Sydney University and was the first Australian to specialise in hand surgery.
He soon developed a great passion for wine, which combined well with his scientific expertise.
In 1963, Lake established Lake’s Folly in the Hunter Valley, which was regarded as one of the country’s first and most prestigious boutique wineries.
He soon became a leading figure in the wine world, regarded as the father of boutique wine, also writing books on both wine and food, and judging on international wine panels.
Lake’s achievements and support of the industry came at a time when knowledge and appreciation of table wine in Australia was minimal.
The tight Hunter community and broader food and wine industries are mourning the loss of a much-loved friend and important pioneer.