“Create Wines that will be prized in the markets of the world”- Thomas Hardy
These visionary words by its founder, Thomas Hardy have been the driving force behind the success of five generations of Hardys wines. After moving to Australia from Devon, Thomas started his journey into winemaking by working with John Reynell, who was regarded as the first winemaker of South Australia. He took his first step towards achieving his dream by purchasing his first property, Bankside in 1853.
Thomas launched his very first wine range- the Oomoo range in 1870 which was revived and re-released in 2003 as a special edition to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Hardys wines. The popularity gained by the commemorative release of this wine range proved that the legacy of Thomas Hardy still continues.
After releasing his first wine range Thomas Hardy purchased the Tintara winery in McLaren Vale with the sole aim to expand his already established winemaking business. The Tintara wine series and Oomoo wine range proudly expressed Thomas’ vision of producing wines by combining traditional winemaking practices and new-age techniques and equipments. These wines were the first Australian wines to be awarded with two prestigious Gold medals at the International Wine Shows held in Bordeaux in 1882 and in Paris in 1889.
Since its foundation, Tintara Winery has become a name synonymous with best Australian winemaking and McLaren Vale wines and continues to craft premium quality of wines produced by five-generations of winemakers. It is currently owned by fifth-generation winemaker, William Bill Hardy who joined the family business in 1972.
Starting from its first wine series, the Oomoo range to its recent range, the Winemaker’s Rare Release range, Hardys has been producing wines from the best grape growing regions of McLaren Vale and Australia. With over 160 years of winemaking heritage and family history, Hardys Tintara winery and cellar door continues to produce popular wine ranges crafted with the common vision and philosophy of blending between regions and winemaking practices to create best quality of wines possible. With the passing of years, the ownership also changed hands from one generation to the next, but the vision still remained the same, i.e. to create wines that are popular and highly prized in the wine industry across the world.