Ian Tyrer Award 2010- Shire of Plantagenet
In 2003 Ian Tyrer received the George Mulgure Award for outstanding service to the wine industry and later that year died of cancer. Therefore it was felt that an award in Ian Tyrera's name to help reward and recognised people who also promoted Mount Barker be awarded at the Mount Barker Winter Dinner.
The 2010 award was presented at the Qantas Wine Show lunch at Plantagent wines on Friday 8th Oct to the Shire of Plantagenet. The Shire has supported the Mount Barker Wine Industry over many years with finianicial support and attending events and promoting the Mount Barker Area. The Mount Barker Wine producers look forward to continual support in the future as together they work to promote the area.
Ken Clement, the Shire President , accepted the award saying that it was nice to be recognozied for their support rather than always being expected to support as the Shire. He also spoke of fond memories of time spent with Ian Tyrer and look forward to opening the large six litre bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.
"The Ian Award was inaugurated in June 2005 by the family of our esteemed life member, the late Mr Ian Tyrer" said Jim Gilbert President of the Mount Barker Wine Producers Association. Ian Tyrer spent a lot of time promoting the Mount Barker and Great southern region. Ian Tyrer was one of the original members of the Mount Barker Wine Producers and served as president for 12 years and 6 years as president of the Great Southern Wine Producers Association. He was one of the instigators who started the Mount Barker wine show, the Great southern wine Festival, The Mount Barker Wine Producers winter dinner and the Budburst dinner. All these events are used to spread the wine word and promoted the area.
"This years winner took a small winery to a national brand and took the region of Mount Barker with it." Quoted Linda Tyrer, Ian Tyrers wife and Chairperson of the Ian Tyrer Award. "He always made his staff and facilities available with special mention to the D'vine Festival Held on the grounds of Goundrey Wines for many Years. He brought down VIP guest and media to the area, as well as advertising on his radio station which brought many wine lovers down to the Mount Barker area."
Jack Bendat spoke of a time when a real estate agent brought him down to the region to buy a cattle farm but he saw promised in a run down Goundrey Wines. At the time he new nothing about wine other than white was white and red was red. He built Goundrey's Brand up and increased the profile of the region, Mount Barker in the process. A Great Chapter in our regions history.
The Ian Tyrer Award 2008 went to the Qantas Wine Show Mount Barker marking their 30 anniversary. Beginning in 1978 as part of the Mount Barker Agricultural Show, the Wine Show of Western Australia has grown to become a separate and distinguished event which annually determines the best of Western Australian wines. From only six classes in 1978, the show now includes over 41 classes and 17 trophies including the prestigious Qantas Award for Best Wine of Show.
The Ian Tyrer Award 2006 went to Visy for the outstanding contribution to the Mount Barker Wine Producer through their product and business services and for their support through sponsorship. Visy continuely support our events through cash sponsorship and add valuable contribution to the Mount Barker Wine Producers
This is the 3rd Ian Tyrer award. Set up in the spirit of the George Mulgure Award which was awarded to Ian in 2003. The award was set up to reward those that have help, supported and promoted the Mount Barker Wine Industry.
This years winner, Rob Bowen certainly deserves this honour. He was our first qualified winemaker in the Great Southern starting at Plantagenet Wines in the late 70's.
"I remember Rob and Dennis doing the rounds of Perth liquor stores, promoting and selling Mount Barker Wines and the Mount Barker Wine region- quite a novelty in those days!
I remember cooking in their tiny kitchen a banquet for the masses in the Plantagenet Winery that was more than a shed then- very cold. This was the original and would have been the first Mount Barker Wine Producer Dinner.
We, the Mount Barker Wine Producers owe a lot to this man who gave his time, enthusiasm and professional approach beyond his employment, to help kick off the wine industry in WA. The good news is that Rob is still doing this through his job as chief winemaker at Houghtons.
Ian would be smiling above, nodding approval that this award with his name, was given to a great winemaker and his mate Rob Bowen." LINDA TYRER
Ian Tyrer Award 2005 - Tony Smith
The 2005 Ian Tyrer Award was awarded to Tony Smith of Plantagenet Wines and Bouverie Estate. In 2003 Ian Tyrer received the George Mulgure Award for outstanding service to the wine industry and later that year died of cancer. Therefore it was felt that an award in Ian Tyrer's name to help reward and recognised people who also promoted Mount Barker be awarded at the Mount Barker Winter Dinner.
"The Ian Award was inaugurated in June 2005 by the family of our esteemed life member, the late Mr Ian Tyrer" said Allan Williams President of the Mount Barker Wine Producers Association. In it's inaugural year, the Ian Tyrer Award was awarded to Tony Smith, who since the mid 1960's has and continues to be an inspiration behind the wine industry of the Mount Barker sub region within the Great Southern.
Ian Tyrer spent a lot of time promoting the Mount Barker and Great southern region. Ian Tyrer was one of the original members of the Mount Barker Wine Producers and served as president for 12 years and 6 years as president of the Great Southern Wine Producers Association. He was one of the instigators who started the Mount Barker wine show, the Great southern wine Festival, The Mount Barker Wine Producers winter dinner and the Budburst dinner. All these events are used to spread the wine word and promoted the area.
" That was a wonderful surprise. I am very proud to have received the inaugural Ian Tyrer Award. It was something totally unexpected." stated Tony Smith.
Tony Smith has contributed to the development of the Mount Barker wine region in various ways. Starting with Plantagenet's first vintage in 1975, Tony lead Plantagenet to become a well-known and successful winery.
In 1973 the Mount Barker Frankland Wine Producers (later to became the great Southern Wine Producers Association) was formed and Tony was elected inaugural President. In 1978 meetings at Mount Barker, Margaret River and Perth Resulted in a new body called the Western Australian Grape Growers and Winemakers Association. Again Tony was elected inaugural president.
Tony Smith wrote the forum submission to the 1985 Wine Industry Enquiry and subsequently served on Minister John Kerrin Wine and Grape Industry Advisory Committee. This Committee eventually oversaw the reformation of the old Australian Wine Board into Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation in 1986. Tony Smith was one of 130 Applications for the 6 positions on the board of the new corporation and was accepted: the only Western Australian since Jack Mann to serve on the board.
During those years Tony encouraged many new entrants to the Industry and helped their ambition to make wine.
The Mount Barker Wine Producers Association role within this award is to receive nominations on behalf of those within the industry who have identified a person or group who have displayed exemplary service to the wine producers and industry of Mount Barker Wine sub region within the Great Southern Region of Western Australia.
The award is not considered to be an annual award but one that is to become known as the highest honour that can be bestowed on those within our wine region and the industry at large, reflecting the qualities of honesty, integrity and strength of the man from which the award takes it name.