Legends in the Valley

In 1985, Greg Silkman arrived in the Hunter Valley and established Tamburlaine Wines, which has since grown into Australia’s largest independent organic wine producer. This is just one of many marks that Silkman has come to make on the Hunter Valley wine region.

Now, Silkman heads up one of the region’s largest contract winemaking services, First Creek Winemaking. Because of his innumerable contributions to the Hunter Valley region it’s only fitting that he was awarded the Wine Legend Award at the recent 2019 Hunter Valley Legends & Wine Industry Awards.

Other award winners on the night included Angus Vinden who received the Hunter Valley 2019 Rising Star of the Year Award, Brett Keeping from Two Rivers who received the Hunter Valley 2019 Viticulturist of the Year Award, and Adrian Sparks who was honoured with the Hunter Valley 2019 Winemaker of the Year.

“The Hunter Valley is the oldest and most-visited wine region in Australia by overseas tourists and its incredible wines have found their way into the homes of many others, thanks to the hard work and vision of all our winners,” said Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association Vice President, Brian McGuigan.

Photography by Chris Elfes