An Angove Original

Did you know Angove’s was the first producer of bag-in-box wine?

I spotted this original wine cask in the Renmark cellar door of Angove Family Winemakers (tastings) recently. The late Tom Angove, father of current MD John, was the man who invented it, in 1963. The project was canned (or should that be bagged?) because it leaked, and this created trouble for the company, what with people’s white shag-pile carpets being permanently stained red, and so on.

It was revived and popularised in the ‘70s by David Wynn at Wynn Winegrowers, after an inventor named Malpas came up with a proper tap. David Wynn was always proud of the fact that his ‘wine casks’ were promoted, not on price, but on the luxury and convenience of a glass of wine a day, fresh as a newly-opened bottle. Ah, nostalgia.

NB. That’s sommelier James Hird (of Wine Library) having a sniff in the background (above). 

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