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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.

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