Fay McGuigan has worked tirelessly promoting Hunter Valley wines to the export market, and was considered one of the leaders in the export of Australian wine to the world.
Fay earned her reputation as an export manager during the pioneering days of export in the late 1970s, when she and her husband, Brian, ventured to start their own company, Wyndham Estate. She is hailed as an ambassador of Australian and Hunter Valley wine overseas, and has won many awards and accolades such as the Australia Export Award, Centenary of Federation Medal, and the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Living Legends Award, including recognition as Australian Exporter of the Year.
Fay was one of the early pioneers of export and has been hailed an Ambassador of Australian wine in overseas markets, as well as instrumental in the growth of Australian wine exports generally. Her involvement in the export industry has been recognised on a number of occasions, and in 1998 she was awarded the New South Wales Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award for the AusIndustry section.
Fay is renowned for her hospitality and generosity, opening her home to look after international guests when they visit the Hunter.
Fay firmly believes that some of the great strengths of Australian wines are modern winemaking and viticulture techniques used throughout the Australian Wine Industry; our ability to produce wines of intense flavour, and in particular having the right packaging, quality, price and flavour to present to our overseas customers. The McGuigan family have been in the Wine Industry for four generations (60 years).
Fay McGuigan was inducted as a Legend in 2009.