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Friday 5 August 2022

Legendary palate acknowledged

Wine industry veteran Andrew Caillard MW was today named a "Legend of the Vine" at the Sydney Royal Wine Show trophy winners lunch.

Caillard was honoured for his years of contribution to the Australian wine industry as a writer, judge, consultant, winemaker and film maker, among his many roles.

He said he was “honoured and humbled” by the recognition.

Caillard has worked to building the industry as an auctioneer, commentator and international advocate for Australian wine.

WCA executive officer Andrew Stark said of the announcement: “WCA is delighted to be able to honour Andrew’s many contributions to the wine industry. We all know his work with Langton’s, with the Penfolds Rewards of Patience program, his contributions to the industry as a judge, writer, and advocate.

"He was also the driving force behind the Red Obsession and Blind Ambition movies, and has provided countless hours of unheralded work assisting wineries improve their businesses.”

Caillard is a Roseworthy graduate, as well as the winner of the prestigious Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in wine tasting in the course of graduating as a Master of Wine.

He founded Langton’s Sydney and continues to be involved in the business. He stays involved with his auctioneering past by running the Barossa auction events, as well as continuing to write, commentate and promote wines.

He is the 10th person to be awarded Legend of the Vine status in NSW, and joins a list that includes Sandra Przibilla, Lyndey Milan, Huon Hooke, Clive Hartley, Iain Riggs, Rob Hirst and David Lowe.

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