“Vascular surgeon-turned-vigneron, Professor Robert Lusby has been recognised for his significant service to medicine and medical education and research in the form of an AM.

Dr Lusby, of Pokolbin, specialised in carotid surgery which prevents strokes, and has led an interesting life in the medical field, helping to pioneer some important developments.

It was around his time in Rwanda in 1994 that he and wife Mary bought a block of land in Pokolbin and with the help of their four children planted vines and olive trees to develop Tintilla Estate.

He was a pioneer in this field as well, the first in the Hunter Valley to plant sangiovese grapes.”

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