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Friday 29 September 2023

Australia's riesling maestro dies

John Vickery, one of Australia's iconic winemakers, has died at the age of 90.

Vickery was responsible for some superb rieslings for Leo Buring, and had recently been making wines for the Hesketh family under the Vickey label in partnership with Keeda Zilm The pair is pictured above. 

Over a career that dated back to 1951, Vickery won over 50 wine show trophies and over 400 gold medals.

Vickery grew up in Lameroo in the Mallee area of South Australia and graduated from Roseworthy College in 1955.

While still a student he did vintages at the Emu wine company in Morphett Vale, and at Woodleys

He joined Leo Buring at Chateau Leonay winery, where the focus was on Eden Valley and Watervale fruit, where he produced superb wines without access to modern equipment.

Over the years Vickery worked for I worked Lindemans , then Southcorp (now TWE) , then Orlando, creating a new style of dry rieslings.

In 2007, he was awarded the Medal of Order of Australia for 'service to the wine industry as an oenologist, particularly through the development of innovative methods for riesling production.

Not only was he a great winemaker, he was also one of the most popular men in the industry.


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