The Countdown is on to the wine event of the year!

There is just a couple weeks left to secure your tickets for the Maurice O'Shea Award Dinner. See the media release below:


Media release – for immediate release
2 July 2019

The countdown is on! There are only two weeks left to secure a ticket to the wine industry gala event of the year - the 2019 Maurice O’Shea Award - being held in Adelaide in collaboration with the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC), which also incorporates the Australian Grape & Wine Outlook Conference and the WineTech trade exhibition .

Who will win this year’s most prestigious wine industry prize?

Instigated by the McWilliam’s family in 1990, the Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner is recognised as the most prestigious event on the wine industry calendar. Named to commemorate one of Australia’s most iconic winemakers, Mount Pleasant’s Maurice O’Shea, the award is given in recognition of the incredible service and contribution people or organisations have made to position Australia as a world leader in winemaking, cultivation, innovation and technology.

Previous winners have included industry legends including Max Schubert AM (1990); Len Evans OBE AO (1991); James Halliday AM (1995); Hazel Murphy AM (1996); Brian Croser AO (1997); Dr Wolf Blass AM (2000) as well as organisations like the Australian Wine Research Institute (2002) and The Australian Screwcap Initiative (2012), to name just a few.

Australia’s favourite leading lady Marina Prior will be performing on the night and The Chaser’s Chris Taylor will keep proceedings on track as the MC.

Tickets are selling fast and are available via

AWITC delegates can book tickets to the Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner as part of their registration. Tickets are on sale only until the 15th July so get in quick and don’t miss out!
Limited seats are available.

Mon 22 July 2019
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm ACST

Adelaide Oval Functions & Events
War Memorial Drive
North Adelaide, SA 5006



For media enquiries, please contact:

Kathy Lane, FireWorks PR & Events on 0419 392 183 or

Ella Robinson, AWITC on 0402 402 121 or



MWG is an unlisted public company with an illustrious heritage of over 140 years. It possesses an extensive product range marketed under a portfolio of owned brands, including McWilliam’s, Barwang and Mount Pleasant. MWG is also the sole Australian distributor for prominent global brands Champagne Taittinger, Evans and Tate, Deep Woods, Mateus, Henkell, Mionetto and Framingham.

The McWilliam’s Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner was founded in 1990 and is regarded as the most prestigious event on the wine industry calendar.
The current triennial McWilliam’s Maurice O’Shea Award commemorates and pays homage to the legendary Mount Pleasant winemaker and visionary, Maurice O’Shea. The Award is presented to an individual, group, activity, association, institute or corporation who has made a significant and ongoing contribution to the Australian wine industry.

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

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 and social events with WineTech, the industry’s most respected and extensive trade exhibition. Website: