find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Lawyer’s wine a winner

Lawyer’s wine a winner

THE FORMER national chairman of Moray & Agnew, Brian Agnew, has proven he’s a man of many talents, last week winning the 2008 NSW Wine of the Year award for his 2006 Audrey Wilkinson Hunter…

THE FORMER national chairman of Moray & Agnew, Brian Agnew, has proven he’s a man of many talents, last week winning the 2008 NSW Wine of the Year award for his 2006 Audrey Wilkinson Hunter Valley Museum Reserve Semillon.

Agnew’s winning wine, which retails at $50, is a product of the Audrey Wilkinson vineyard in the Hunter Valley, which Agnew purchased four years ago. The vineyard is one of the oldest in Australia, dating back to 1866 when it was established by the Wilkinson family, and Agnew describes it as a “superb piece of real estate”.

“When pioneers come into an area they can pick wherever they want, and the Wilkinsons had learned the trade over in Germany and France so when they came out her they chose this spot,” Agnew said.

“For just over 140 years it’s just turned out cracking fruit ... and when you see the view, you’ll know why I had to have it.”

His decision to take the plunge and buy the Audrey Wilkinson vineyard came down to his longstanding admiration for the Australian wine industry and favourable market conditions.

“I’d always thought that the Australian wine industry is perhaps the most successful primary production of our generation — it’s gone from virtually no exports to billions of dollars of exports and it’s made this enormous cultural impact on the world

“And I was aware that there was this grape glut and people were getting down on the wine industry in Australia, so I thought ‘Well, if you’re ever going to look at it, now’s the time’,” he said.

The gamble has paid off. Audrey Wilkinson wines now retail in some Sydney stores and Agnew has begun exporting to New Zealand. He believes the award will help move things along even further.

“We’re very pleased. Of course you can tell people how good it is, but when you win a serious award like this it’s a third-party endorsement,” he said.

Agnew, who played a key role in building up Moray & Agnew’s national presence, stepped down as the national chairman in July this year, however, he still acts as a senior consultant to the Sydney office. “It was time for a change,” he said. “I’m still involved [with the firm] but the winery has been building up and it’s really interesting — it’s a whole different thing. I’ve always had other interests because I’m just that sort of guy.”

In fact this isn’t the first time Agnew’s interests outside the law have put him in the spotlight. In 1992 a horse bred by Agnew, Sub Zero, stormed home to win the Melbourne Cup, and in 2000 Agnew was awarded the Australian Sports Medal by the Federal Government for his work in setting up and co-ordinating the Equine Research Centre and Aushourse, a key body representing the Australian thoroughbred industry.

Agnew is clearly passionate on the topic of wine and he declares Semillion to be one of his favourite varieties. “I love Semillon. It’s one of the few white wines … where, as it gets older, it really talks to you,” he said. “It starts off almost like water in colour and it turns into a golden colour and gets nuances — they’re just huge. You can drink a Semillon until it’s 20 years old, or older. Now that’s a white wine,” he said.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Lawyer’s wine a winner
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice, ALA, right-to-die law
Oct 24 2017
‘Right-to-die’ laws would be a relief for terminally ill: ALA
The passage of an assisted dying bill through the lower house of Victorian Parliament has been haile...
Oct 24 2017
Diversity top of agenda for future WA Law Society president
The advancement of diversity in the Western Australian legal profession will be one of the key items...
Oct 23 2017
How to fail well
The legal profession is due for an attitude adjustment when it comes to perceived failures, accordin...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...