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17/02/2015

Rob Hirst awarded legend status

Rob Hirst, Fine Wine Partners chairman, has been announced as 2015 NSW ‘Legend of the Vine’ at a lunch hosted by Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA), on Friday.

Hirst received the award in front of an audience of 350 wine industry peers at the lunch, held to honour the Sydney Royal Wine Show trophy winners.

The WCA Legend of the Vine award recognises a member of the wine industry who has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the wine business and industry at large, as well as displaying a strong affinity for the objectives of WCA.

Angus Barnes, WCA chair, said the award was created to acknowledge individuals who represented the Australian wine industry with passion, drive and leadership, particularly in communication.

Barnes said Hirst has been an active member of the wine industry, who few didn’t know.
“For many years now Rob has been a remarkable, tireless and genuine campaigner for Australian wine at home and overseas, particularly during the past five years in China,” Barnes said.  

"Rob's understanding of, and contribution to, fine wine has spanned several decades, representing many of the world's truly great brands during his tenure at the helm of Tucker Seabrook and continues today as Chairman of Fine Wine Partners.”

Hirst has served as national president and board participant of WCA and continues to sit on the WCA board.

"Rob is a staunch believer in wine education and training, and his facilitation of both the Court of Master Sommeliers since 2008 and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust since 2009 has given thousands of Australia professionals the opportunity to elevate their qualifications in Australia, including two Master Sommeliers working in our industry,” Barnes said.

"He epitomises the ethos of WCA, to 'educate, engage, learn and inspire' and for all of these reasons Rob had the unanimous support from the NSW Chapter and the National Board to be awarded this year's NSW Legend of the Vine."

As the 2015 NSW Legend of the Vine recipient, Hirst receives life-time membership to WCA, joining a highly-respected list of names including Colin Campbell, Patrick Iland, David Lowe, Phil Laffer, James Halliday, Huon Hooke, Chris Anstee and Lyndey Milan.


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