Rutherglen wine industry pioneer William (Bill) Chambers OAM has passed away.
“The Chambers family, the community of Rutherglen and the Australian wine community lost a true pioneer, mentor and lifelong friend,” Winemakers of Rutherglen said in a statement.
“Bill contributed a lifetime to the passion and craft of the wine industry, so much so he was awarded Life Membership of the Australian Wine Industry in 2005, leaving a legacy and lasting guide on fortified wine in Australia for us all.
“The town and wine community of Rutherglen has lost a mate, a mentor and supporter.
“He drove our innovation, provided guidance and shared his generosity infinitely.
“Much more than that, the Chambers family mourn the loss of their husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend.
“His twinkling blue eyes, stories and knowledge sharing will forever live on through his loved ones.”
Bill’s life will be celebrated at Chambers Rosewood Winery & Vineyard in Rutherglen on Wednesday 20 December at 1pm.
For those unable to make it in person, the service will be live streamed with the Tobin Brothers Corowa.
“Please continue to keep Wendy, Stephen, Kay, Allison, Sandra, Grant and Margot, Michael and Belinda and their families in your thoughts.”
Robert Parker Jr. once described Bill Chambers and his son Stephen as “nothing less than national treasures”.
Photo: Darren Grigg.