Our very own, Les Worland was named the inaugural “Riverina Legend” in 2019 as 200 guests rose to their feet to cheer the worthy winner.
In a new initiative for the Riverina Winemakers Association Wine Show Committee, the Riverina Legend award was introduced to recognise and celebrate the contributions made by an individual, working across any sector of their local wine industry.
As the nominations came in it was clear that there were Riverina Legends in abundance, but the stand out nominee was Les Worland.
With a career spanning multiple wineries and roles, Les has continually championed the local wine region, no matter who he is working for and in what capacity. Currently, in Public Relations and Training and Education for Casella Family Brands, Les has also worked for other wineries in the region such as De Bortoli Wines and McWilliam’s Wines. For a decade, Les was also the President of the Riverina Winemakers Association and dedicated over 30 years to supporting the operation and success of the local wine show.
Les is highly revered in the local industry not only for his work but also for his friendly, laid back demeanour and an endless supply of jokes.