‘FATHER’ HAS BIO LAUNCH
AFFECTIONATELY referred to as the father of the Queensland Wine Industry, Angelo Puglisi’s life is one worth capturing.
It’s for that reason author Tom McSweeny has told Mr Puglisi’s tale in the biography The Father of the Queensland Wine Industry – Angelo Puglisi.
Mr Puglisi’s remarkable vinicultural legacy will be celebrated with a book launch tomorrow night at Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery from 6pm.
Ballandean Estate founder Angelo Puglisi had a vision to develop a viable and sustainable commercial wine industry in the Granite Belt region and in 1968 he planted a block of shiraz vines with his new wife, Mary, on his farm, cementing the
Puglisi wine-making future.
“Mum and Dad were real pioneers and they dreamed of a Queensland wine industry at such a young age, at just 25 (Angelo) and 19 years (Mary) of age,” daughter, Robyn Puglisi-Henderson said.
“The Puglisis visualised opening a cellar door and being the catalyst for Queensland’s Barossa and Hunter Valley on the Granite Belt. I always say that Mum married the Queensland wine industry when she married Dad.”
Not only do they have a book launch to celebrate, on Saturday, November 10, Ballandean Estate will open up for a vineyard party celebrating 50 years of growing shiraz.
MEMOIRS: A book detailing the life of Angelo Puglisi, the father of the Queensland wine industry, will be launched tomorrow night.