Legendary Swan Valley winemaker Dorham Mann has been awarded Life Membership of Wines of Western Australia.

The award was presented to Dorham by Food and Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan at an industry event at Parliament House on Tuesday.

In presenting the award, Minister MacTiernan acknowledged the role that Dorham has played in the establishment and development of the modern wine industry in WA over a career spanning nearly 60 years.

Dorham was one of the original cohort of Roseworthy trained winemakers in WA, and in 1961 he was appointed temporary Agricultural Adviser stationed at the Swan Research Station to gain experience in viticulture and the management of the Station and its staff.

Always a visionary for the industry, Dorham noted in his dissertation for BSc (Agric) a quote from LW Marrison: “If Australia should ever break into the fine-wine market, it will be with Western Australian wines”. With this aspiration in mind, Dorham worked with other like-minded individuals to realise the dream.