Lyndey Milan has been named as the 2019 NSW Legend of the Vine in front of many of her wine industry associates and colleagues at the WCA Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy Winners Lunch.

The Legend of the Vine Award was created by the Wine Communicators of Australia, to recognise an individual who has made and outstanding contribution to the Australian wine industry.

In naming Milan as this year’s Legend, co-Chair of the NSW WCA, Brian Olsen told those at the lunch: “The 2019 Legend of the Vine is a familiar face for those who love to watch and read about Australian food and wine.

“This person is a gastronomic icon bringing their joy of the Australian food and wine scene to people around the world.

“Our Legend’s generosity is an example to us all, supporting numerous causes and charitable organisations. Our winner today has boundless energy, her passion for Australian food and wine is paramount and it is with great pleasure that we announce the 2019 NSW Legend of the Vine is Lydney Milan.”

National WCA Chair Toni Carlino added: “It gives us great pleasure to present this honour to Lyndey, whose name is synonymous with food and wine in Australia. Lyndey’s passion, dedication and commitment, over many years has helped these communities flourish into what they are today.”

In accepting the award, Milan said: “I love that it was a surprise. This event, Wine Communicators and Sydney Royal Wine Show are so close to my heart, it’s just in me.

“I think accolades in your life, when they are a surprise are even more meaningful. This is awesome. Thank you to everyone in the room and to the Wine Communicators of Australia.”

Milan is the seventh person to be awarded Legend of the Vine status in NSW, and joins a prestigious national list that includes Huon Hooke, Clive Hartley, Iain Riggs, Rob Hirst and David Lowe.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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