Wine­maker in life­time prize

Col­lege picks up two awards

Central Otago Mirror - - LAKES DISTRICT NEWS - By SUE FEA Im­pact; Me­drecruit; Eforea Spa; Rilean Con­struc­tion; Queen­stown Zip­trek Eco­tours; Ho­tel; Re­sort Eichardt’s Queen­stown Casino; Brady; Col­lege. Col­lege; Pri­vate Skycity Queen­stown Re­sort Alan

Cen­tral Otago wine­grow­ing pi­o­neer Alan Brady was awarded the pres­ti­gious hon­our of a Queen­stown Cham­ber of Com­merce Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the week­end. About 300 peo­ple at­tended the cham­ber’s 2012 busi­ness awards gala din­ner at the Mil­len­nium Queen­stown where Queen­stown Re­sort Col­lege also took out top hon­ours, win­ning the Over­all Busi­ness of the Year 2012 and the Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices Award. Mr Brady, who de­fied the crit­ics plant­ing his first grapes in the Gibb­ston Val­ley in 1981, said he was ‘‘deeply hum­bled and hon­oured’’. ‘‘It’s one of these things that come out of the blue. When you en­joy what you’re do­ing you don’t ex­pect these things,’’ Mr Brady said. ‘‘When I planted grapes down the val­ley in 1981, the world laughed.’’ There were 100 wine pro­duc­ers in New Zealand then. Now there are more than 100 in Cen­tral Otago alone. Cen­tral Otago now has 1600 hectares pro­duc­ing about 4.8 mil­lion litres of wine. The in­dus­try em­ployed be­tween 300 and 400 full­time staff, 10 times that many dur­ing har­vest sea­son. Even in his sev­en­ties Mr Brady showed no signs of slow­ing down, launch­ing his Wild Ir­ish­man la­bel in 2006, which sells locally and in Bri­tain and Sin­ga­pore. Queen­stown Re­sort Col­lege chief ex­ec­u­tive Char­lie Phillips said the col­lege was ‘‘stoked’’ to re­ceive its two awards, hot on the tail of the New Zealand Pri­vate Provider of the Year award. The col­lege was es­tab­lished in 2006 and now has 350 students, with its hos­pi­tal­ity cour­ses among the most pop­u­lar. Win­ners on the night were: small to medium busi­ness, medium to large busi­ness, new and emerg­ing

trade and busi­ness, con­struc­tion,

pro­fes­sional

and

Queen­stown Cham­ber of Com­merce Life­time Achieve­ment,

over­all busi­ness of the year 2012,

Ser­vices, tourism, ac­tiv­i­ties and events,

small en­ter­prise hos­pi­tal­ity and ac­com­mo­da­tion, large en­ter­prise hos­pi­tal­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion,

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