Saturday 17 November 2018

Robert Hill-Smith: ‘I’ll do my best to pass on a quality fine wine group to future generations’

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Robert Hill-Smith, a fifth generation member of Yalumba Family Winemakers received the Family Business Award of Excellence on behalf of his company at the 2018 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards held at The Star, Sydney, on Wednesday.

The award recognises the most entrepreneurial, successful and inspirational family business leaders and is a testament to the resilience, long-term vision and family values that characterise the world’s best family businesses. It forms part of the EY Australian and World Entrepreneur of the Year programs, the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs held in more than 145 cities in 60 countries.

Robert Hill-Smith said, “I’m really proud and humbled to receive the Family Business Award of Excellence particularly as it recognises the resilience required to remain independent and generationally sustainable, especially in the current climate of global consolidation.

“I see myself as a caretaker of a 170-year young winemaking tradition, and out of respect for my forebears and all the loyal team players of the past, current and future whom are part of our story, I’ll do my best to ensure we can pass on a quality fine wine group to the future generations.”

Yalumba, established in 1849, has been invited to attend the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Monte Carlo in June 2019 where all the Family Business Award winners will be recognised internationally.

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