HISTORY & HERITAGE

Today, 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 has grown from humble beginnings.

CORNWALL TO TEA TREE GULLY | 1886 - 1910

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 close to 300 tonnes of grapes harvested annually.

TEA TREE GULLY TO RENMARK | 1910 - TODAY

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.

RENMARK + McLAREN VALE | 2008 - TODAY

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 Doctors very small rustic beginnings in Tea Tree Gully, the family now oversee close to 300 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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