Blood’s thicker than wine in South Australia


Veteran Hardys winemaker Bill Hardy, who now has a range of $21 William Hardy wines named after him, is chuffed at the honour.

He joins his uncle Sir James, his grandmother Eileen, great great uncle Tom Nottage and the founder Thomas Hardy in having a wine named after him.

The wines will be part of a new push by the 160-year-old Hardys (tastings) to get back into the on-premise (restaurants and bars) market.

Bill Hardy and his wife Merilyn have a 10-hectare vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, which supplies some of the fruit for the 2012 William Hardy Chardonnay. Three other members of the clan also buy grapes from Bill’s vineyard. 

Brother Geoff Hardy (Pertaringa – tastings, and K1 – tastings), cousin Andrew Hardy (Petaluma – tastings) and Geoff’s daughter Jess Hardy (Loom Wines) all use some of his grapes. And both Bill’s daughters have joined the wine industry: Alix has worked for Wine Australia and Kate is a lawyer in the US specializing in wine. Blood’s thicker than wine in South Australia.

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