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The Queensland wine industry has honoured local identity, Bob Gray, former owner of Rumbalara winery, in the Granite Belt, as the winner of this year’s Bassett Award.

The award was granted by the Queensland Wine Industry Association at its annual general meeting in Toowoomba today to recognise the contribution of an individual to the Queensland wine industry.

QWIA President, Maryanne Pidcock, said Gray was one of the first people in the Queensland wine industry to gain a tertiary qualification in wine making.

“Bob and his wife, Una, arrived on the Granite Belt in the 1970s after Bob retired as an engineer and he studied wine technology at the Riverina College of Advanced Education, known today as Charles Sturt University,” Pidcock said.

“Bob and Una, who now live in Brisbane, spent 25 years in the Queensland wine industry, during which time they were instrumental in establishing and promoting the Granite Belt wine industry.

“There is no greater accolade than being acknowledged by one’s peers, which makes the Bassett Award the most prestigious in the Queensland wine industry,” she said.

The award honours the memory of the Bassett family, pioneers of the Queensland wine industry, who established a winery at Roma, in 1863.

Bob and Una Gray also are both Life Members of the Queensland Wine Industry Association.

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