Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hill-Smith Honoured

Michael Hill-Smith MW, the owner of the Adelaide Hills based winery Shaw & Smith, has been named Member of the Order of Australia in this years Queens Birthday Honours list.

The Order of Australia is awarded to individuals to recognise their contribution to the country. Hill-Smith was nominated for his role in the Australian wine industry. The order is ranked at a similar level to the Member and Order of the British Empire (MBE, OBE) awards in the UK.

In 1988, Hill-Smith was the first Australian to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exam. He is chairman of judges at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. He is also a wine consultant for Singapore Airlines, a trained cordon bleu chef, and all round nice guy.

Hill-Smith was delighted at his appointment. 'Obviously, she has made a terrible mistake,' he joked.

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