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The Angove Story

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Angove Family Winemakers is a fifth generation South Australian family business with a passion for crafting iconic and single vineyard wines from McLaren Vale as well as a selection of premium wines from some of South Australia’s great wine growing regions.

The winery has a rich history dating back to 1886 when Dr William Thomas Angove arrived in South Australia from Cornwall, England with his wife and young family to establish a medical practice in Tea Tree Gully, twenty kilometres north east of Adelaide, South Australia.

From humble beginnings in Tea Tree Gully where Doctor Angove first started making wine as a tonic for his patients, we have grown to become one of Australia’s oldest family owned and operated wine companies.

The family is the custodian of the historic Warboys Vineyard, located less than one kilometre from the township of McLaren Vale on Chalk Hill Road the vineyard is exceptionally positioned and farmed organically. The Cellar Door is nestled amongst the vines, and from the stunning terrace you are literally sitting in the middle of the vineyard with panoramic 180 degree views of McLaren Vale.

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1886

The Angove winemaking story begins with Dr Angove making his first wines in the now historic Brightlands Cellars as a tonic for his patients.

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1886

Dr William Thomas Angove and family arrive in Australia from Cornwall, England to establish a medical practice at Tea Tree Gully in the foothills to the north east of Adelaide.

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1892

The wine business develops with 10 acres of vineyards in production and a further 20 acres planted in 1893.

1903

The Angove vineyard holdings have grown to 100 acres, one of the largest in the State. Early wines were made from grapes grown in these vineyards as well as those from the nearby ‘Warboys Vineyard’ owned by Henry Hall.

1907

The St Agnes winery was established and winemaking activities were moved from Brightlands Cellars.

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1910

Dr Angove’s son Carl ‘Skipper’ Angove ventures to Renmark to establish the Riverland’s first winery and distillery.

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1929

Carl Angove and Ron Martin establish Dominion Wines Ltd in England and over the next 20 years Angove & Son were one of the top four Australian wineries exporting to England under the joint venture.

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1940

Third generation, Thomas William Carlyon (Tom) Angove graduates as Dux of Oenology from Roseworthy receiving the Leo Buring Medal for highest aggregate in all diploma subjects, the RH Martin tasting prize and the Karl Weidenhofer prize for an individual project on modified distillation procedure which today is still published worldwide.

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1946

Tom Angove is appointed Managing Director and begins a new era of development installing state of the art storage and crushing facilities and building the ‘Vintage House’ housing thirty-two five tonne concrete open fermenters, regarded as leading technology at the time.

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1962

Tom purchases land that now comprises Nanya Vineyard in Paringa, just over the river from Renmark. The 480 Hectare vineyard is steadily planted to over 18 different grape varieties that supply the company’s commercial wine brands.

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1974

The vineyards around Tea Tree Gully are compulsorily acquired by the South Australian State Government; with the strike of a politicians pen the region that three generations of Angove had worked hard to develop is re-zoned from agricultural land to residential as Adelaide’s urban sprawl envelops prime grape growing land.

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1979

The Angove winery at Tea Tree Gully processes its last fruit on site.

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1983

Fourth generation of the family, John Carlyon Angove succeeds his father as Managing Director and drives significant development and investment in all aspects of the business.

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1997

Victoria Angove joins the family business as fifth generation. She begins work on the road selling wine before becoming heavily involved in export market development.

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2001

Angove Family Winemakers wins South Australian Regional Exporter of the Year.

2007

Nanya Vineyard begins conversion to certified Organic grape production for the making in to the Angove Family's first certified Organic Wine.

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2008

Angove Family Winemakers wins QUAFF – Winery of the year.

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2008

The Angove family acquire a unique and historic vineyard on Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale planted to old vine Shiraz and Grenache. The vineyard is renamed Warboys Vineyard and it is immediately farmed with organic and biodynamic practices.

2009

Richard Angove joins the family business after a nine year apprenticeship working in other wine businesses around the world.

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2011

Angove Family Winemakers opens a Cellar Door and function facility on the family’s vineyard in McLaren Vale.

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2011

The first vintage of ‘The Medhyk’ is released — the new flagship wine for the company, an old vine McLaren Vale Shiraz. Medhyk, Cornish for “Doctor” commemorates the company’s founder, Dr William Angove.

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2013

Angove McLaren Vale Cellar Door wins McLaren Vale’s Best New Business Award and a Silver Medal at the South Australian Tourism Awards.

Today

The fifth generation of the Angove family, John’s son Richard and daughter Victoria are both actively involved in the family business and are working to ensure that it is in pristine condition for the sixth generation.

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