The McWilliam’s Wines Group, in conjunction with the Australian Wine industry Technical Conference (AWITC), is looking for nominations for the 2019 Maurice O’Shea Awards.

This year, the awards team are once again looking for nominations of people or organisations who are continuing to build, drive and push the Australian wine industry to be a world leader for winemaking, cultivation, innovation and technology.

Commenting on the awards, McWilliam’s Wines Group CEO David Pitt said: “It is with great pride that McWilliam’s Wines Group has the opportunity to once again celebrate one of the great identities in modern winemaking, Maurice O’Shea, at the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference this year.”

“Australia is blessed with not only a stunning landscape in which vines can thrive but passionate, driven and innovative individuals that make it what it is today. This award celebrates those people and our industry.”

The Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner was instigated by the McWilliam’s family in 1990 and was named to commemorate the legacy Maurice O’Shea widely regarded as one of the most iconic winemakers in Australian wine.

The wine group formed a successful partnership with the AWITC in 2016, this is the second time the Award Dinner is being held in conjunction with the conference, which also incorporates the Australian Grape & Wine Outlook Conference and the WineTech trade exhibition.

Chair of the AWITC, Dr Dan Johnson added: “The AWITC is delighted to continue its partnership with McWilliam’s Wines Group to align the Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner with the staging of this year’s collaborative event. It is highly appropriate for this prestigious award, which recognises innovation, to be held with the industry’s major technical and business conference.”

Nominations are open to any person, brand, institute, activity or entity who has shown a significant contribution to the Australian wine industry. Nominations will be taken until 18 March 2019 and can be submitted to the committee by email to

To be considered for the award, nominations require a name and any supportive collateral as to why the selected person, brand, institute, activity or entity is worthy of this award. All entries will be confidentially reviewed by a selections committee that includes representation of the MWG board, a past winner, key media influencers and younger industry leaders.

The winner will be announced at the Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner at the AWITC in Adelaide on 22 July 2019.

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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