Max Drayton is a fourth generation vigneron. The Drayton family have been in the Hunter Valley for over 160 years so are truly pioneers of the Hunter. Max was born and raised in Pokolbin and has worked in the family business since he left school in 1946. In 1989, Max with three of his four sons, John, Trevor and Greg took over the family company of W. Drayton & Sons.
Max was honoured at the inaugural Hunter Valley Legends dinner in 2007. He has also received other awards – 2001 Centenary Medal, 2003 Order of Australia Medal, both medals for service to the wine industry and local community. In 1997, at a family dinner also received recognition from the Hunter Valley Vineyard Association for 50 years’ service to the wine industry. A plague was also received from the Australian Wine Industry.
Max Drayton’s advice ‘be prepared to admit when you are wrong, respect your elders, and it is important to have the support of your wife’.
Max Drayton was inducted as a Legend in 2007.