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KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show
KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show

In 1826 the Agricultural Society judged wine for the first time, however quality wines were few and far between. In 1828 James Busby brought grapevine cuttings from the most celebrated vineyards of France, Spain and Germany to New South Wales and established a vineyard at Kirkton, and established his reputation as the father of the Australian wine industry – the James Busby Perpetual Trophy for Best NSW Wine at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show is named in his honour.

In 1840 Henry John Lindeman MD followed in the viticultural footsteps of Busby and acquired the estate Cawarra. Dr Lindeman introduced scientific methods into the making of wine and elevated the status of the wine industry. His son Charles Frederick Lindeman was a RAS Councillor and an integral part of the Lindeman’s winemaking business.  Charles was a judge at the Agricultural Society Wine Show in 1885 and an advisor to the NSW government on matters of the wine industry. The Dr Henry John Lindeman Memorial Perpetual Prize for Best Mature White Wine presented at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show recognises the influence the Lindeman family had on the Australian wine industry.

In 1885 the Tizzana Winery was established by Dr Thomas Fiaschi on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. Working hard to develop the Australian wine industry Dr Fiaschi was President of the Australian Wine Producers Association from 1902-1927 and was RAS Vice President from 1907-1927.

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