Launched in 2009, Australia’s First Families of Wine are all about just that – family. Twelve family owned wineries that are represent the country’s leading multi-generational winemakers that are the heart and soul of Australian wine. With history, heritage and provenance, these families are rich with unique characters, stories and icon wines that are part of Australia’s vinous past – and future.
Tahbilk proudly stands alongside Brown Brothers, Campbells, d’Arenberg, De Bortoli, Henschke, Howard Park, Jim Barry, McWilliams, Taylors, Tyrrells and Yalumba in a multigenerational collective that spreads across four states and which together owns more than 5,500 hectares of Australia’s finest vineyards with a combined 1200 years and 48 generations of winemaking experience.
Each represents a special place in the Australian wine echelon and makes a range of wines of character and personality – whether that be great value varietals or single vineyard icons. Importantly all are committed to environmental best practice in the vineyard, winery and packaging and all understand the responsibility of their custodianship of some of Australian wine’s 'sacred sites'.
"While as family winemakers we all value our independence, we do share a common vision - that Australian wine can take on the world's best and win!."
- Alister Purbrick ~ inaugural Chairman
As 12 of the nation’s most famous names in wine, Australia’s First Families of Wine will work to engage consumers, retailers and restaurateurs across the globe about the real character and characters of Australian wine.
The Wine Companion Winery of the year awards recognise the very best of Australian wine produced at vineyards across the country. The Winery of the Year is one of six major awards. The award is delivered by James Halliday AM, founder and author of the Halliday Wine Companion.
"I feel incredibly proud of all that the Purbrick family has achieved at Tahbilk over the generations and this award recognises our unswerving commitment to traditional winemaking whilst using innovative and sustainable viticultural practices. This is definitely one for the team at Tahbilk and I thank everyone who has made a contribution over our 155 years of existence."
Alister Purbrick - 4th Generation
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