Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The prestigious Gramp Hardy Smith Memorial Prize was awarded last night to Sophie Melton for the most outstanding student graduating from the Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology 2018 academic year. At the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Prize Ceremony, SAWIA acting as the trustee for the prize attended the ceremony to make the award. SAWIA noted the prize first awarded in 1940, is to perpetuate the memory of Hugo Gramp, Thomas Hardy and Sidney Hill-Smith. These three members of South Australia’s founding and prominent winemaking families were travelling together to represent the wine industry at a meeting with the Australian Government in Canberra in October 1938 when the DC2 plane, the Kyeema, descending through fog, crashed, tragically killing all 18 passengers.
The prize includes a selection of premium wines chosen for the winner by the three companies, associated with these men, Accolade Wines Australia, Pernod-Ricard Winemakers and the Yalumba Wine Company.
In addition, the South Australian Wine Industry Association Silver medal was awarded to Emily MacPherson for the second highest aggregate in the Bachelor of Viticulture & Oenology.
SAWIA on behalf of the wine industry congratulates the winners on their outstanding achievements.