HUNDREDS packed into St Brigid’s Catholic Church, Branxton on Monday to celebrate the longevity and achievements of Hunter winemaking pioneer Perc McGuigan.
Mr McGuigan died on January 14, just a few months after he celebrated his 100th birthday with a three-day round of birthday parties.
Born Percival Alfred McGuigan on November 16, 1913, he began his affair with the Hunter Valley in earnest in 1941, when he began managing the Penfolds’ Dalton estate.
The McGuigan family eventually purchased the winery in the 1960s and turned it into Wyndham Estate before Perc’s son, Brian McGuigan, started the McGuigan brand in the 1990s.
Among the mourners present on Monday were several prominent Hunter winemaking families who came to pay their respects to one of the legends of the industry.