2006, 26 Minutes
Dr Max Lake succeeded in three distinctly different fields - as a surgeon, winegrower and author - although he is probably best known as one of the pioneers of the Australian wine boom.
Born in the United States in 1924, he studied medicine at Sydney University and was the first Australian to specialise in hand surgery. Then, in 1963 in the Hunter Valley of NSW, he established Lake’s Folly, one of Australia’s first and most prestigious boutique wineries. And in 1966, he made his name with a benchmark book, Classic Wines of Australia.
As his surgical career came to an end, Max leapt wholeheartedly into the world of wine and food, as a member of the Food Standards Committee and a renowned international judge. Applying his medical background to the science of flavour and smell, he also became an obsessive student of the senses.
His influential writing and research includes the books Scents and Sensuality and Food on the Plate, Wine in the Glass.
In 2002 Max Lake was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the establishment of the boutique wine industry in Australia as a winemaker, judge, promoter and author.
In this Australian Biography interview, Max talks with gusto about life’s pleasures and his passionate pursuit of them.
A Film Australia National Interest Program.© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
NB The Australian Biography series (1-11) are only available for sale within the territories of Australia and New Zealand.
Producer/Director: Rod Freedman
Writer/Interviewer: Robin Hughes
Running Time: 26 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: Design and Technologies; Science; Geography; Food Technology; Business Studies; SOSE/HSIE; Viniculture; Viticulture.