Funeral for winemaker Perc McGuigan: photos

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Picture: Peter Stoop
The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Picture: Peter Stoop
The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Perc's son Louis McGuigan spoke words of remembrance. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Perc's son Louis McGuigan spoke words of remembrance. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Perc's son Louis McGuigan spoke words of remembrance. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Perc's son Louis McGuigan spoke words of remembrance. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. The placing of the white pall by women of the family  Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. The placing of the white pall by women of the family Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Picture: Peter Stoop

The funeral mass for winemaker Perc McGuigan at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Branxton, on Monday. Picture: Peter Stoop

 Perc McGuigan in recent years. Picture: Peter Stoop

Perc McGuigan in recent years. Picture: Peter Stoop

 Perc McGuigan with his wife Sylvia and sons Ross and Brian. Picture: Peter Stoop

Perc McGuigan with his wife Sylvia and sons Ross and Brian. Picture: Peter Stoop

Perc McGuigan, Hunter wine pioneer 

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.