Australia’s oldest wineries

Historic picture of the vineyard established by George Wyndham at the Dalwood property in the Hunter Valley. (Photo: Pernod Ricard website)

Which are Australia’s oldest wineries?

The Australian & New Zealand Wine Industry Directory has a useful list of the 29 earliest established wineries.

It starts with Wyndham Estate, established in 1828, and immediately we run into a problem. The name Wyndham Estate did not exist until the McGuigan family created it in the early 1970s, having acquired the old Dalwood property from Penfolds in the early ‘60s. It could probably be argued that vines have been grown continuously on some part of what was once George Wyndham’s land, despite several changes of ownership and purpose. But can Wyndham Estate really be called Australia’s oldest wine company?

The Australian & New Zealand Wine Industry Directory has a useful list of the 29 earliest established wineries.

Likewise Yering Station, which comes in at number four, established in 1838. Its vineyard went out of operation for a long period before being revived in the late 1980s. Indeed, there is a well-known annual wine guide which puts the establishment date more candidly at 1988.

The directory labels its list “Australia’s oldest wine companies or continuously operating brands”.

Anyway, here is the list, for what it’s worth.

One thought on “Australia’s oldest wineries”

  1. Deb Pearce says:

    (Posted on behalf of Ken Gargett) Hi Huon, Really interesting stuff. Another which should sneak into the list is Qld’s oldest, Romavilla. Established by Samuel Bassett in 1863. First vintage was 1866 and I believe that they have not missed one since. They can also claim a prime minister as a cellar rat. Apparently Billy Hughes spent a vintage there when he was young. A far better use for a prime minister than we make of them these days.

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