Tony Smith awarded Life Membership Mount Barker Wine Producers
It has been long overdue, but the Mount Barker Wine Producers Assoc will induct Tony Smith as a Life Member, highlighting a very prestigious career pioneering a new wine region and industry.
Tony Smith, formally of Plantagenet Wines, in 1973 was a founding member and first president of the Lower Great Southern Wine Growers Assoc which became the Mount Barker Wine Producers Assoc. Tony helped develop the wine industry to what it is today. Tony help form the Mount Barker Wine Show, now known as the Wine Show of Western Australia. Still held in Mount Barker every year.
Tony holds an OBE for his work in the wine industry and developing the Great Southern wine industry and was part of the group that officially recognised the Great Southern regionally for Wine Australia and the 5 sub regions Mount Barker, Porongurup, Frankland, Albany and Denmark.
Tony as GM of Plantagenet Wines was the first to bring a technically trained winemaker to the region and brought new innovation to the winery as the industry involved.
“One of my favourite stories about Tony is when he brought the old stainless-steel tanks from the whaling station when it shut down in 1978. Hosing out all the oil and fat making it clean and ready for wine. Stainless steel was very innovative in the winery those days and to come from another local industry that closed down shows the ingenuity and hard work of those pioneering days.” quotes Vice President Kim Tyrer
Other Mount Barker Wine Producers Assoc. Life Members include Betty Quick formally Forrest Hill and Ian Tyrer of Galafrey Wines.