Philip Laffer has been named the first ‘life member’ of the Australian wine industry.
PHILIP Laffer AM has been named the first ‘life member’ of the Australian wine industry. Administered by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA), the award recognises outstanding leadership and contribution to the nation’s wine industry, going over and above an individual’s career achievements. The announcement was made at Tuesday evening’s Outlook conference welcome reception.
The grandson of vignerons and the son of an agricultural scientist, some might argue wine is part of Laffer’s DNA. So too, the passion and vision as he has played a significant part in making Australian wines what they are today. Under his direction, Jacob’s Creek excelled. He’s also one of the main names behind the success of the Australian wine industry in export markets.
Working in trade, marketing, winemaking, viticulture and management across his career, Laffer has given a lot to the industry. When his career began, Australia table wine was just finding its feet.