Top winemaker shares life story

Award-winning Coonawarra winemaker Gavin Hogg will release his autobiography, “Hoggie” this Saturday.

The book will be officially launched at the Penola Sports Club, where Mr Hogg will also be celebrating his birthday.

“Hoggie” reflects on Mr Hogg’s life which has been full of ups and downs, 47 years of winemaking experience in the Coonawarra and his own mortality.

Topics include Mr Hogg’s battle with terminal cancer, men’s mental health and the important role community cricket played in his life, his journey recovering from depression and alcoholism, social responsibility and politics.

Mr Hogg said his battle with serious, health issues, including terminal liver cancer, prompted him to put his thoughts together and write the book.

Mr Hogg is a respected Australian winemaker and has won the prestigious Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy along with many other coveted trophies and medals.

He is regarded as an Australian “wine industry legend”, co-responsible for inventing Australia’s best-selling premium wine, Jamieson’s Run, and one of the most senior winemakers in the Mildara-Blass Empire from 1980 to 1999.

Other major figures in the wine industry who have had input in the book include winemaker colleagues Geoff Merrill and Mike Press, Winestate Magazine publisher Peter Simic and Maurice Dean at Mildara Blass.

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