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25/02/2015

A tribute to Brian Agnew

It is with great sadness that we advise that Brian Agnew, Chairman and founder of Agnew Wines, died peacefully this morning with his wife Valerie Agnew by his side.

Brian lost his battle with pancreatic cancer after two and a half years and was only 69 years of age.

Brian was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

He was also a very popular businessman spanning across various industries including law, horse-racing and the wine industry.

After launching his own law firm – Moray and Agnew – in 1968 and aged only 25, Brian guided his growing partnership over the next 40 years to be ranked in the top 15 Australian law firms.

Brian also enjoyed success as a thoroughbred breeder, most notably breeding the 1992 Melbourne Cup winner Subzero.

In 2000 Brian was awarded the Australian Sport Medal by the Federal Government of Australia in recognition of his outstanding service to the thoroughbred industry.

In 2006 Brian retired from the law, to focus on establishing and growing Agnew Wines. Under his Chairmanship, Agnew Wines has enjoyed success in producing numerous trophy and gold medal winning wines as well as achieving unrivalled growth, laying a strong foundation and clear direction forward for many generations to come.

Written by James Agnew, Agnew Wines general manager.

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