17th August – Aussie Wine Legend – Deen De Bortoli Born Today 1936

17th August – Aussie Wine Legend Deen De Bortoli Born Today 1936 Deen De Bortoli of De Bortolli Wines Australia was born today 17th August 1936. Deen was instrumental in introducing wine to whole new generation of wine lovers with a fruity Italina style sparkling wine called VITTORIO SPUMANTE. … [Read more...]

25th July – One of the First CA Wineries Started Today 1797

Mission San Miguel, Arcangel was founded on 25th July 1797 by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen, who was a successor of Father Junipero Serra as Presidente of the missions. Some two years earlier the site was selected for the mission which was to be named for the "Most Glorious Prince of the … [Read more...]

6th July – Father of Modern California Winemaking Died Today 1869

Agoston Haraszthy born 30th August 1812 in Pest, Hungary died on 6th July 1869 in Corinto, Nicaragua. Haraszthy was known as the "Father of California Viticulture" or the "Father of Modern Winemaking in California." He founded the Buena Vista vineyards (now Buena Vista Carneros) in Sonoma, … [Read more...]

28th June – Peter Lehmann – Aus Wine Legend Died Today 2013

Legendary Barossa Valley winemaker Peter Lehmann has died aged 82,  in 2013 Mr Lehmann had battled kidney disease for years and died this morning in the Royal Adelaide Hospital after being admitted earlier this week for an operation. He is survived by his wife Margaret, their two children, two … [Read more...]

17th June – John James McWilliam Born Today 1868

John James McWilliam (1868-1951), vigneron and wine and spirit merchant, was born on 17 June 1868 at Denison, near Sale, Victoria, fourth of ten children of Samuel McWilliam (1830-1902), Irish-born farmer, and his wife Martha (d.1889), née Steele, a native of Geelong. Samuel purchased 480 acres (194 … [Read more...]

13th June – Aussie Wine Legend Maurice O’Shea Born Today 1897

Henry Hamilton (1826-1907), grape-grower and wine-maker, was born on 6 January 1826 at Dover, Kent, England, son of Richard Hamilton, farmer, and his wife Ann, née Holmes. In 1837 his father bought a land order for eighty acres (32 ha) in South Australia, which he took up next year; his Curtis Farm … [Read more...]

12th June – Samuel McWilliam – Winemaker – Died Today 1902

Samuel McWilliam was born on 15 April, 1830 at Raloo, near Larne, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He was the second son of a family of six boys and one girl from the marriage of Samuel McWilliam, snr. (1800-1882) and Elizabeth Crawford (1801-1872). Samuel arrived in Melbourne, Australia, on 2 … [Read more...]

9th June – Jean Frederic Hugel Died Today 2009

Jean “Johnny” Frederic Hugel ( September 28, 1924 - June 9, 2009) was an Alsatian wine producer, described by wine expert Tom Stevenson as “the single most important person in the development of Alsace wine industry throughout the 20th century.” Born in the village of Riquewihr, Jean Hugel began … [Read more...]

8th June – Wine Legend Thomas Claudius Seabrook Born Today 1886

Desmond Theodore Du Rieu (1890-1969), winemaker, was born on 20 November 1890 at Broken Hill, New South Wales, died on 8 June 1969, second of three children of Adolph Theodore Du Rieu, an electrician who became a hotelkeeper, and his wife Lillie Mary, née Crabb, both South Australian born. Desmond … [Read more...]

23rd May – Aussie Wine Legends – Hardy Born Today 1900 and Lindeman Died Today 1881

Kenneth Thomas Hardy, wine merchant, was born on 23 May 1900 at Mile End, Adelaide, third of five children of South Australian-born parents Robert Burrough Hardy, vigneron, and his wife Esther Lavinia, née Simpson. Thomas Hardy was his grandfather. Educated (1913-17) at the Collegiate School of St … [Read more...]