Hunter Valley icon John (Jay) Tulloch has been honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on Australia Day.
Nominated for his contributions to the Australian wine industry, Jay has had an ever-lasting impact on the Australian wine landscape, including his induction as a Living Legend at the
Hunter Valley Legends & Wine Industry Awards in 2009.
“It’s a richly earned accolade, recognising Jay’s profound decades-long commitment to the Hunter Valley,” says Iain Riggs OAM, chair of the Hunter Valley Living Legends.
“As one of the founding families in the region, Jay’s enduring collaboration with the Hunter Vally Vignerons Association, now the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association, has been
pivotal, and the enduring legacy of the Tulloch name is a testament to his efforts.
“His contributions span the realms of politics, winemaking, and grape cultivation, making a lasting impact on the industry over the course of many decades.”
Tulloch Wines celebrates its 129th anniversary this year and John marks his 62nd Hunter Valley vintage.
His active engagement in the Australian wine industry since 1962 is a testament to a lifelong dedication to the craft.
Even in his current role as a consultant, Jay imparts his wealth of knowledge in winemaking and vineyard operations.
A respected figure in the Australian wine industry, Jay has not only championed the Tulloch brand, but he has also supported and mentored numerous industry figures, contributing to
the overall growth of the Australian wine community.
His involvement in various industry organisations and roles, such as president of the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association and Board member of the NSW Wine & Brandy
Corporation, reflects a commitment to advancing the industry’s interests.
Jay’s initiatives in the broader community include opposing the construction of an aluminium smelter in the 1980s to spearheading the restoration of the Pokolbin ANZAC memorial gates in 2019.
His advocacy for Hunter hero varietals such as Verdelho, Semillon and Shiraz has not only shaped the Tulloch legacy, but has also contributed to the broader recognition of these varietals in the Australian wine landscape.
“As we look back and celebrate the achievements of JYT, we understand that this OAM is not just another piece of silverware for the trophy cabinet, but more so a symbol of a lifetime
devoted to the Australian wine industry and the Hunter Valley community,” says Jay’s daughter and CEO of Tulloch Wines, Christina Tulloch.
“It signifies resilience, leadership and an enduring commitment to excellence, values of which have defined the Tulloch name for generations.”