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Tuesday 13 June 2017

Honour for Mornington Peninsula wine pioneer

Mornington Peninsula wine industry pioneer Nat White, previously of Main Ridge Estate, was one of those honoured in the Queen's Birthday List, collecting a well deserved OAM award. 

David Lloyd, from Eldridge Estate, reported much satisfaction across the region, saying: "I wanted to share my regions happiness at the recently retired Nat White receiving an OAM award yesterday. Our region went from hobbyists to a serious wine region due to his drive and vision.

Nathaniel John White of Flinders was honoured for services to the wine industry, including Main Ridge Estate Winery - Mornington Peninsula: Owner and Wine Maker, 1975-2015, as well as his consultancy work. 

He was the Peninsula's first qualified winemaker and opened the region's first licenced winery in 1978.

He was a foundation member of the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association (MPVA) and committee member for 36 years as well as being involved with the establishment of the Friends of the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons and wine makers' representative "for many years".

He was also a founding committee member of the Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Celebration, a consultant, mentor and educator to local winemakers "for 40 years".

I hear several local vignerons joined in a toast to White last night. 

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