The 14th McWilliam’s Wines Maurice O’Shea Award will be announced in Sydney tonight (November 12) in front of a black tie wine industry crowd.
The biennial gala dinner was founded in 1990 and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious events on the Australian wine industry’s calendar.
Recognising the late McWilliam’s winemaker and Mount Pleasant founder, Maurice O’Shea, the award is presented every two years to an individual, brand, association, institute or corporation that has made a historically significant contribution to the Australian wine industry.
Tonight’s big dinner precedes the 2008 Wine Industry Outlook Conference tomorrow, which has been given the theme of ‘striking a sustainable balance’.
Chosen to reflect the importance of working toward a future for the industry that is both environmentally and financially sustainable, the conference will look at ways to ensure the industry retains a balance in terms of both supply and demand.