Philip Laffer AM has been named Life Member of the Australian Wine Industry – the first recipient to receive the new national award.
The descendent of vineyard owners and the son of an agricultural scientist, some could argue wine is part of Philip’s DNA. So too are passion and vision as he has played a significant part in making Australian wines what they are today.
Working in trade, marketing, winemaking, viticulture and management over the years, including being one of the architects of Jacob’s Creek, Philip has given a lot to the industry.
When his career began, Australia table wine was just finding its feet.
“How much things have changed,” said Mr Laffer AM, “but we also must continue inspiring the viticulturists and oenologists of tomorrow to keep industry on its game.
“We need to keep attracting talented and driven people to the wine industry, people who are passionate about their wines, their brands and the future of an important and diverse Australian industry,” he said.
“Receiving this award is an honour and I am humbled and proud to be recognised by my industry in this way. Thank you.”