Third generation vigneron Francis d’Arenberg Osborn, better known as d’Arry has passed away at the age of 95.

d’Arry started working in his family winery aged just 16, at a time when Clydesdale horses did the work of a tractor and kerosene powered the motors and pumps.

With no winemaking education d’Arry learnt his trade on the job through trial, error and sourcing tips from neighbours. One of his more unconventional methods was to wear dinner shirts in the winery during vintage, which in his words “give the reds more elegance.”

In 1958, d’Arry joined the Wine and Brandy Producers Association of South Australia, fulfilling roles as treasurer, vice president, president and was an honorary life member.

Over his lifetime d’Arry oversaw more than 70 consecutive vintages at d’Arenberg. With the introduction of the famous ‘red stripe’ in 1959, d’Arry took d’Arenberg from bulk flagon production to an internationally recognised wine brand.

d’Arry received multiple prestigious honours including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 1978. In 1995 he was invested as a Patron of the Australian Wine Industry in, “Honour of an outstanding contribution to the affairs of the Australian Wine Industry”.

A Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours list followed, for his contribution to the wine industry and to the McLaren vale region.

In 2016 he was awarded South Australian Legend of the Vine by Wine Communicators of Australia joining a prestigious group and becoming a life member of WCA.

d’Arry is survived by his two children, Chester and Jacki Osborn and his three grandchildren Alicia, Ruby and Mia Osborn.

The Shout and everyone on the Food and Beverage Media team extend their condolences to d’Arry’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

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.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *