Chester Osborn: Technical Excellence and Unbridled Irreverence
Wine Intelligence Award.
In the year that his family winery celebrates its 100th birthday, Chester Osborn has been named as one of the most significant wine industry people of the past decade.
It has been a successful month for the man behind the red stripe with the winery collecting 4 gold medals at the Critic’s Challenge in USA and UK wine writer Matthew Jukes naming The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2009 as one of his Best 100 Australian wines for 2012.
To market their 10 year milestone, global wine market research, branding and strategic advice company, Wine Intelligence have created the ‘10 for 10 Business Awards’. According to their website, these awards are being given to 10 wine industry figures who have personally achieved great things in the past decade, and in doing so have changed the industry for the better.
In keeping with the numerical theme, 10 leading figures from the global wine industry were invited to form a judging panel and make the nominations for both the short-list and the final 10 winners. Chester was presented the award on May 23rd during London’s International Wine Trade Fair.
Presenting the award was Wine Intelligence Chief Executive Lulie Halstead who noted the judging panels’ comments; “Chester’s unique combination of technical excellence and unbridled irreverence is delightful to observe and fun to be part of."
After a quick congratulatory glass of champagne Chester departed to celebrate the award with d’Arenberg’s UK and European distributors at Boundary restaurant in Shoreditch. Of the award, Chester said
“I really am surprised and pleased to get awards like this. In my mind I haven’t worked a day in my life. I’ve grown up around wine and feel that I’m still making mud pies; using raw ingredients of the soil, sun and water. It’s just that they taste better now!"