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Few Australian wineries are better known around the world than Hardy’s. It is over 160 years since the Hardy family put down their first steps into Au...

Few Australian wineries are better known around the world than Hardy’s. It is over 160 years since the Hardy family put down their first steps into Australian wine, with the purchase by Thomas Hardy of a property on the River Torrens. But it was in 1876 that Hardy’s took a great leap forward, with the purchase of the Tintara Vineyards company in 1876, and a prized parcel of vines in McLaren Vale.

This purchase was a particularly smart business move, and Hardy was able to sell all the wines in the cellar to recoup his cost, thereby securing the vineyards and winery for next to nothing. This site went on to become the company’s spiritual home to its greatest wines for decades to come. Thomas Hardy’s success in McLaren Vale and from his original winery near Adelaide saw Hardy widely accepted as one of the fathers of the South Australian wine industry.

By 1887 the company had grown significantly and Thomas Hardy was joined by his sons in the company, and it changed its name to Thomas hardy and Sons.In the decades since Hardy’s expanded significantly, sourcing fruit and buying vineyards around the country. Today Hardy’s, while not still in family hands, remains one of the country’s largest wine producers with wines all the way from the Hardy’s Stamp and Banrock Station wines up to the exceptional Eileen Hardy and Thomas Hardy ranges.

While many other wineries stick to single vineyards for their top wines, Hardy’s has always taken a very different track. One of the key planks for Hardy wines has been the company’s belief in blending wines from a range of fine vineyards to create the best wines. And that continues to this day - the Eileen Hardy Shiraz and Chardonnay, as well as Thomas Hardy Cabernet made from a blend of the finest parcels from the vintage, wherever they may be sourced. In the Eileen Hardy Chardonnay this often sees the creation of a fascinating Australian style, drawing together parcels from diverse regions such as Tasmania, the Yarra Valley and Tumabarumba to make wines that are modern Australian classics.

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