Pam Dunsford wins Maurice O’Shea Award

- Words by Jane Faulkner (Jane was also a judge for both categories).

In a distinguis­hed career spanning four decades, Pam Dunsford OAM, has been called a trailblaze­r, leader, innovator and more. In recognitio­n of her outstandin­g contributi­on to the industry, she won Australia’s most prestigiou­s wine accolade – the Maurice O’Shea Award, now under the auspices of the newly formed Australian Wine Industry Awards in partnershi­p with McWilliam’s and Mount Pleasant. Of Pam’s many accomplish­ments, she became the first woman to study winemaking at the then Roseworthy Agricultur­al College, the first female winemaker to become a show judge and the first female winemaker to head a leading winery. She is formidable. Unequivoca­lly, a legend. Adrian Sparks, Mount Pleasant’s chief winemaker, said Pam “embodies what the Maurice O’Shea Award stands for and we are so honoured to celebrate her achievemen­ts.” A new prize was also announced, the McWilliam’s Excellence in Action Award, recognisin­g an enterprise or those addressing key issues in the wine industry. The inaugural prize went to the Australian Women in Wine Awards, which champions women working in wine and its commitment towards gender equality in the industry.

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