Le­gend of wine in­dus­try hon­oured

Isis Town and Country - - Life | Easy Eating - peter.chap­man@apn.com.au

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”.

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