In 1853, the Hardy Wine Company started with just one visionary man. Thomas Hardy was 20 when he sailed from the English port of Devon for the colony of South Australia in 1850 and only three years later, he purchased his Bankside property on the River Torrens in Adelaide where he established his first winery.
By the time of his death in 1912, he would be hailed as the father of the South Australian wine industry, having first realised the potential of the now world-renowned region of McLaren Vale and, through his Tintara winery, built his business into one of the nation’s largest winemakers.
Over 160 years, five generations have withstood two world wars, the Great Depression, the vagaries of a harsh climate and even personal tragedy, to create a brand recognised for delivering great Australian wines to the world.
Thomas Hardy’s vision – “to create wines that would be prized in the markets of the world” – is what drives us to continue to push the boundaries of winemaking in the great Australian blending tradition for you to enjoy today.
Thomas Hardy bought our Tintara Winery in South Australia’s McLaren Vale in 1876, resulting in a lasting relationship and helping propel the region’s reputation for producing world class shiraz.
Tintara has been central to our premium winemaking ever since. Not only is it the home of Hardys wines, it also retains original wine making equipment such as the historic basket press.
While Tintara remains the heart and soul of Hardys’ heritage, a commitment to innovation and the great Australian blending tradition means our winemakers are constantly scouring premium grape growing regions to deliver vintages of real character and excellence, from cool climate areas such as the Coal River and Yarra Valleys to warmer regions such as Frankland River.
“Throughout our history, Hardys has built a tradition of great endeavour in winemaking. A succession of winemakers have followed in the footsteps of our founder, Thomas Hardy, by showing outstanding innovation and resourcefulness, directed at making wines of quality and character.
“We continue to make wines of character and complexity with the positive hallmarks that the world has come to expect from Australia.
“As current and future winemakers and viticulturalists enjoy the challenge of grape growing and winemaking, the ongoing success and enjoyment of Hardys wines around the world will be assured for decades to come.”
Paul Lapsley, Head Winemaker