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Patrons & Life Members

Since 1992 WFA has honoured individuals who have made a particularly significant contribution to the Australian wine industry by electing them to the College of Patrons (if their career has included a period of service on an industry body) or awarding them Life Membership of the Australian Wine Industry.

As well as recognising achievement, the College also allows us to retain and make available for the benefit of the industry the accumulated experience and counsel of eminent industry members after their retirement.

Existing members annually nominate and consider possible candidates for investiture.

Patrons and the year of their appointment

  • Dr Terry Lee OAM (2007)
  • Mr Peter Barnes (2005)
  • Mr Brian Croser AO (2002)
  • Mr Tony Smith (2001)
  • Mr Peter Wall AM (1999)
  • Mr Karl Seppelt AO (1997)
  • Mr d'Arry Osborn OAM (1994)
  • Mr Richard Haselgrove AM (1993)
  • Mr John Pendrigh AM (1992)
  • Mr Ian Mackley AM (1992)

Former Patrons

  • (The late) Mr Len Evans AO OBE (1995) 
  • (The late) Mr Don McWilliam AM (1994)
  • (The late) Mr Tom Angove AM (1993)
  • (The late) Mr Bob Hardy (1992)


Life Members and the year of their appointment

  • Mr James Halliday AM (2017)
  • Mr Chris Hancock MW (2017)
  • Mr Denis Horgan AM (2017)
  • Mr Wolf Blass AM BVK (2016)
  • Mr John Angove AM (2016)
  • Mr Colin Campbell OAM (2016)
  • Mr Philip Laffer AM (2014)
  • Mr Bill Chambers OAM (2005)
  • Br John May SJ (2004)
  • Mr Colin Gramp AM (2003)

Former Life Members

  • (The late) Mr Graham Wiltshire OAM (2005)
  • (The late) Mr Guenter Prass AM (2004)
  • (The late) Dr Ray Beckwith OAM (2003)