The sad death of renowned winemaker and businessman Robert Oatley has been announced. Please find below a statement from the Oatley family following the passing of Mr Oatley yesterday. A private funeral will be held.
Statement from the Oatley family:
“It is with profound sadness the Oatley family announces the passing of Robert Ian Oatley, AO, BEM. Known affectionately to all as Bob, he was a proud and passionate Australian recognised for his outstanding contributions to the Australian wine, tourism, coffee, sailing and thoroughbred horse industries. Bob was also well-recognised as a philanthropist who supported Australian Olympic activities, medical research and the arts.
“Bob is survived by his wife Valerie, his three children, Sandy, Ian and Ros Oatley, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
“The Oatley family has been touched by the many kind words and tributes that have already been received from friends, colleagues and the wider Australian community. They thank everyone for their love and condolences.”
From modest beginnings in the Hunter Valley, Bob Oatley originally found success as an exporter of Papua New Guinean coffee and cocoa beans before establishing Rosemount Estate in 1969 and building it up to become one of Australia’s most recognized wine brands. Bob sold Rosemount Estate to Southcorp in 2001 and established Robert Oatley Vineyards with his son Sandy in 2006.
Acclaimed not only for his significant contribution to the Australian Wine Industry, Bob Oatley was named as an ‘Officer of the Order of Australia’ in the 2014 Australia Day Honours.