Legend of wine industry honoured
AT 89 years of age, thirdgeneration vigneron and current managing director of d’Arenberg, d’Arry Osborn, has been named the 2016 South Australian Legend of the Vine by Wine Communicators of Australia.
This award was created to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian wine industry.
Mr Osborne (pictured) joins a prestigious list that includes WCA Patron James Halliday, and becomes a life member of WCA.
He has only ever known life working in the family winery. His grandfather bought the d’Arenberg property in 1912, his father built the winery in 1927, and in 1943 at the tender age of 16, he left school to help his father on the land, making fortified wine for export to England.
He learnt his trade on the job, through trial, error, and sourcing tips from neighbours. One of his more unconventional methods was to wear dinner shirts in the winery during vintage, to, in his words “give the reds more elegance”.
Of d’Arry, James Halliday once wrote “It is hard to imagine a more honest, gentle and open man or one who is more passionately devoted to the industry”.