Angove Family Heritage

Angove Family Winemakers, with their highly acclaimed St Agnes Distillery, is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected family owned and operated winemaking and distillation businesses. 

A proud history and heritage which grew from humble beginnings.


Angove Family Winemakers was established in 1886 by Dr. William Thomas Angove, a medical doctor from Cornwall in England. The Angove family's adventures in wine began as a hobby, with William planting a small patch of vines in Tea Tree Gully, in the Adelaide foothills. Initially, he harvested the fruit to create tonics to ease his patients' ailments. 

Dr Angove's original vineyard was planted predominantly to Shiraz and Riesling, with his first wines carefully crafted in the historic 'Brightlands' cellar in Tea Tree Gully. By the turn of the century, these plantings had increased from 4 to 40 hectares, and a purpose-built winery and distillery had been set up in Tea Tree Gully to process the nearly 300 tonnes of grapes harvested annually.


In 1910, the doctor’s oldest son, Thomas Carlyon Angove was eager to expand the Angove empire, travelling to Renmark, in South Australia’s Riverland, with the intent to set up a distillery and grape processing house. The establishment of the new facility began Australia’s journey in viticulture, winemaking and distilling along the banks of the River Murray. 

Fifty years later, third generation Thomas William Carlyon Angove purchased 480 hectares of land on the Murray River specifically for viticulture. Today, the Nanya Vineyard is considered Australia’s largest certified organic estate with close to 260 hectares planted to a range of grape varieties. Additionally, the Angove family are considered industry leaders in organic viticulture and winemaking and are committed to continual improvement in vineyard management and environmental sustainability.


Under the gentle guidance of fourth generation John Carlyon Angove, the Angove family have stepped further into the premium winemaking sector with the acquirement of the super-premium quality Warboys Vineyard in McLaren Vale, and subsequent acquisition of McLaren Vale’s highest vineyard, Angels Rise, in the Clarendon sub-region. 

Through careful refining and reworking of the vines, and conversion to organic management, these vineyards produce some of McLaren Vale’s highest quality grapes.

From the Doctor's very small rustic beginnings in Tea Tree Gully, the family now oversee close to 250 hectares of organic vineyards and have expanded their winemaking facility to include a state-of-the-art small batch winery and climate-controlled barrel hall. These advances have contributed significantly to the crafting of the super-premium, pristine, award-winning wines we enjoy today.


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The Angove McLaren Vale Cellar Door is nestled in the heart of our Warboys Vineyard.

Open daily 11am - 5pm for Wine Flights, with lunch available Thursday to Sunday 12 - 3pm. 

McLaren Vale is one of Australia's most iconic wine regions, and we offer a beautiful setting to explore the fantastic regional food. Head Chef Georgie Rogers has curated a seasonal vineyard menu that indulges you in regional flavours and textures to complement our award-winning wine & spirit collection.

Prix Fixe Thursday and Friday 

Exclusively for a end of week lunch, indulge in a shared three-course lunch nestled in the Warboys vineyard. Join us for the best in season from our menu to share with friends or family.  To accompany your lunch, choose a glass of wine from our Family Crest Range.

A la Carte Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Thursday - Sunday.

We can successfully look after groups of 6 or more on our multi course Nourish Me or Feed Me menus from $59.00 or $79.00 per guest.

Bookings are strongly recommended.


Outside of these times, join us for Vineyard drinks and snacks on the Terrace or relax on the lawn area. Weather permitting of course. To reserve a place, book now or call us for more details.


Winemaker's Favourites Premium Wine Flight $25

Explore a diverse and stunning range of expressive wines from across mediterranean McLaren Vale and cool climate Tasmania, selected by our award winning winemaking team.

St Agnes XO Brandy Flight $40
Sample a selection of our award winning, world class, aged brandies, famous for their richness and opulence.

St Agnes Bartenders Cut | St Agnes 15 YO XO | St Agnes 20 YO XO | St Agnes 40 YO XO

Camborne Single Malt Whisky Flight $40

Explore four single malt whiskies crafted by the St Agnes Distillery.

Brandy Cask | Sherry Cask |  Tawny Cask | Shiraz Cask

Blind Tiger Organic Gin Flight $30

Taste through three unique, organic gins by the iconic St Agnes Distillery. Paired with Strange Love Distiller's Tonic.

Classic | Mandarin | Shiraz