Graham Gregory Award

The prestigious Graham Gregory Award, is the top citation acknowledging an individual's outstanding contribution to the NSW wine industry. Winegrowers, winemakers, and others involved in the wine industry such as researchers, educators, leaders and innovators are encouraged to apply.

Please note that the award is retrospective recognising service for the previous year. Nominations for the 2021 Graham Gregory Award will open in mid 2022.

This award is named after former NSW Agriculture Deputy Director General Graham Gregory, who was instrumental in the development of the NSW wine industry, and recognises areas such as leadership, research and development, winemaking, education and market development.

Previous winners can be seen HERE 

Winner of the 2020 Graham Gregory Award

Liz Riley accepting the Graham Gregory Award from Kate Lorimer Ward – NSW DPI Deputy Director General, Agriculture - at the 2021 NSW Wine Awards

Liz Riley, owner/operator at Vitibit, received a standing ovation when she was awarded the 2020 Graham Gregory Award during the 2021 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards.

Liz has had an amazing career within the wine industry, since graduating from the University of Adelaide followed by becoming a National Nuffield Farming Scholar. She currently run their own viticulture consultancy, specialising in the fields of research and development, vineyard sustainability, climate change adaption and fruit quality for growers, and providing expert technical and practical advice to vineyard owners throughout NSW, nationally and internationally. She have also taken their passion for research and viticulture to the next level by representing the NSW wine industry in national forums, committees and boards for many years.

President of the NSW Wine Industry Association, Mark Bourne said, “Liz Riley’s significant contribution to the NSW wine industry is without peer. Her advocacy for the NSW wine industry on research, development, extension and precision viticulture has been a major driver in keeping NSW grape growers and winemakers at the forefront of quality and sustainability.”

Congratulations to Liz Riley, the 2020 Graham Gregory Award winner.

Award Nominations

Purpose of the Award

Recognition by peers of an individual for honourable contributions benefiting the NSW wine industry generally. These contributions will be in one or more of the following fields and/or in any other field which advances the NSW wine industry:

  • Leadership
  • Technology and innovation
  • Research and development
  • Industry regulation
  • Winemaking and viticulture
  • Enhancing regional and/or state profile
  • Education and training
  • Market development
  • Environmental footprint.

Eligibility for the Award

Do you know a member of the NSW wine industry that meets each of the following requirements?

  • Nominees must be a resident of NSW
  • They must have recognised contributions in terms of the purpose of the award (see criteria above)
  • Each nomination must demonstrate specific contributions that have progressed the NSW wine industry
  • Nominees must be known for their contributions to the NSW wine industry by industry peers.
  • Nominations must address the above criteria and include details of achievements, previous awards and/or industry recognition, and industry participation.

Making a Nomination

Do you know someone worthy of this Award? Nominations are placed through the NSW DPI website - HERE.

Nomination forms must address the above criteria and include details of achievements, previous awards and/or industry recognition, and industry participation.

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