Maurice O’Shea Award

The Maurice O’Shea Award was founded in 1990 by the McWilliam’s family.

This triennial award commemorates and pays homage to Mount Pleasant’s legendary Maurice O’Shea. It is presented in recognition of the incredible service and significant contribution an individual, group or organisations have made to position Australia as a world leader in winemaking, cultivation, innovation and technology.

The 2019 Maurice O’Shea Award gala dinner was held at Adelaide Oval on 22nd July, in conjunction with the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC). We are delighted to announce Robert Hill-Smith, Proprietor/Chairman of Australia’s oldest family owned winery, Yalumba Wine Company (1849), as the worthy and popular recipient of this years’ award. Congratulations Robert!

In the words of Jeff McWilliam, fifth generation family member, “His leadership, innovation and ongoing commitment to the betterment of the Australian wine landscape is legendary”.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors


Champagne Taittinger

Taittinger is honoured to play a key part in moments of pleasure and celebration across the world.

Riedel Glassware

Innovative and ever-evolving, Riedel continues to lead the charge on modern, functional glassware.​



BevChain provides national tailored supply chain solutions for the beverage industry across Australia with ‘best-in-class’ warehouse and distribution services.

Classic Oak Products

With our extensive range of traditional and innovative oak products, we can recommend and supply the appropriate oak to ensure your wines achieve the structure and complexity you desire.

JF Hillebrand

At JF Hillebrand, we blend expertise and passion to help preserve the quality of your valuable wines, beers and spirits, as well as innovative solutions for managing the complexities of global beverage shipping.


At Orora, we believe our packaging touches lives. Together we deliver on the promise of what’s inside. Our vision is to be the industry-leading packaging solutions and displays company.


Cpak was established to provide affordable and leading edge premium packaging to the Australian Wine Industry.

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers offer exceptional quality legal advice to its commercial and government clients.

Supporting Partners

Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference

The Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference is the premier technical event for the Australian wine industry. Held every three years since 1970, it combines an extensive program of plenary sessions, workshops, posters, student forum and social events with the industry’s most respected and extensive trade exhibition.

Previous Winners:

2016: The Len Evans Tutorial
2014: Dr Peter Dry
2012: The Australian Screwcap Initiative
2010: Philip Laffer AM
2008: Dr John Gladstones
2006: The late Dr Ray Beckwith OAM
2004: The Late Guenter Prass AM
2002: The Australian Wine Research Institute
2000: Dr Wolf Blass AM
1998: The Late Dr Bryce Rankine AM
1997: Brian Croser AO
1996: Hazel Murphy AM
1995: James Halliday AM
1994: The Jacob’s Creek Brand
1993: The Late David Wynn AO
1992: The Late Ron Potter OAM
1991: The Late Len Evans OBE AO
1990: The Late Max Schubert AM

2016 Maurice O’Shea Award

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