Terry Lee

Name: Terry Lee

Terry Lee named in Queen's birthday honours list

With a PhD in food science and technology from the University of New South Wales, Lee entered the wine industry in 1974 where he was a director of the Australian Wine Consumers' Co-operative Society. He then went on to join the team at the Australian Wine Research Institute for 14 years, worked with Gallo Winery in California, and until 2004, was vice president and chief scientific officer at the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC).

'I was delighted to receive the personal recognition for my work for the wine industry over the past 30 years, however, I think that the award is also recognition of the tremendous export success of the Australian wine industry over that time period and the importance of the wine industry to many rural towns in Australia,' Lee said.

Lee said what drives him to continue in the industry is the opportunity to share his knowledge with the next generation of the wine industry.

'I have now accumulated a lot of knowledge and experience in the global wine industry and I am now in a position where I can pass on some of that knowledge and experience for the benefit of the industry and particularly, to the younger members of the industry who are its future.

'The Australian wine industry has a bright future provided it acknowledges its serious competitors around the world. The wine industry needs to continue to ensure that its industry structures are efficient, that it works together as an industry, that its relations with Government are productive, and that it embraces innovation, particularly meeting the expectations of domestic and international consumers. These issues are being tackled with the document Wine Australia: Directions to 2025,' he said.

'Partly retired', in between spending time with his family and garden, Lee is a member of the Board of the GWRDC and a member of the Board of Provisor Pty Ltd. He chairs the University of Adelaide Wine Advisory Board and the Natural Cork User Group, which is based in London. In addition he consults to E&J Gallo Winery through a joint venture with McWilliam's Wines, and to Cavitus Pty Ltd.

'It is an interesting mix of personal and industry activities which I hope to continue while still healthy and still of value,' Lee said.

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