A new award will shine the spotlight on a "Riverina Legend" who has made the biggest impact on the region's wine industry.
The Riverina Winemakers Association have launched the Riverina Legend award to recognise some of the most hardworking industry players, whether they be growers, winemakers, tourism operators, etc.
Head steward Russell Cody said the committee were spoilt for choice, given the Riverina's bubbling pool of talented individuals.
"There's a lot of people who have done a hell of a lot for this region and we need to start giving them some pats on the back," Mr Cody said.
Anybody within the wine industry can be nominated, and people have up until July 31 to pick their legend of choice.
People can send in up to 400 words explaining how their nominee made a lasting impact on the Riverina's wine industry.
The nominations will be put together and judged by the Riverina Wine Show committee, and the results will be announced alongside the Wine Show Awards Dinner at Yenda Memorial Hall September 13.
Riverina Winemakers Association secretary Carrah Lymer said there were many hard workers out there who deserved to be recognised.
"We wanted to pay respect and honour the people who have worked so hard for our industry and got us to where we are today," Ms Lymer said.
"Our local industry has been making wine for over 100 years, we've got many of the biggest names in wine, and we've got a lot of people who could be nominated."
The judges will indeed be spoilt for choice - the Riverina is the country's largest wine industry, producing about 60 per cent of NSW's wine single handedly.
The award is the first of its kind and was set up to recognise the region's most seasoned veterans, and only those who have worked in the wine industry for more than 20 years are eligible.
The nominee must be somebody who is either alive today, or has died in the last 18 months.
To see the full list of eligibility criteria, or to send in a nomination, head to the Riverina Winemakers Association website.
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