Friday, 26 January 2018

Australia Day honour for pioneer of Italian grape varieties

McLaren Vale winemaker Serafino (Steve) Maglieri has been inducted into the Order of Australia after being awarded the Member of the Order (AM) honour.



The appointment to the Order of Australia is the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service, with the Member of the Order of Australia being awarded for significant contribution to a particular locality or field of activity.

Maglieri, founder of Serafino Wines, said he was both "honoured but truly humbled" to be the recipient of such a prestigious award in Australia, his adopted home country.

“It is exceptionally humbling to be recognised for your contributions to your industry of choice and wider community," he said.

“While the years of hard work have seen our wines receive great rewards, it’s the fact that our wines can be enjoyed by many and have given me the opportunity to help others in the community, either in Australia or Italy that brings me the greatest joy. 

"This award is for my family and the extended Serafino Wines community."

Daughter Maria Maglieri said: "In the early years Dad worked tirelessly from dawn to dusk, seven days a week to support the family and produce wine that went on to be recognised with accolades for such outstanding quality. It goes without saying that we are all really proud of him."

Serafino Wines today crafts traditional McLaren Vale varieties shiraz and cabernet, as
well as exciting Italian-style wines such as fiano, lagrein, vermentino, sangiovese, pinot grigio, nebbiolo and primitivo, plus the Spanish variety tempranillo.

Maglieri arrived in Australia from Italy in 1964. Two years later, with his father Giovanni, he planted his first vines in McLaren Vale. 

Visit www.serafinowines.com.au for more information. 

UPDATE: Fourth-generation winemaker Colin Campbell from Campbells of Rutherglen Campbell was also awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to the wine-making industry, which contributed to solidifying Rutherglen and Australia’s reputation for quality wine. 

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