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“One of the legendary stories of Australian wine history has just been reborn. I suspect this country has not seen a new release of such pedigree, such depth of history and such sheer and effortless magnificence since the very launch of Hill of Grace itself in 1958.”
— Tyson Stelzer, May 2019

Andrew Hardy shovels grapes into the 160+ year old slate fermenters of the Upper Tintara winery

Ox Hardy is the precious combination of family, heritage, and provenance inspired by a father son project which ushers in the next chapter of a multi-generational legacy.

The Hardy’s are one of the founding families of the Australian wine industry and the Upper Tintara Vineyard is central to their story.  Since Thomas Hardy purchased the land in late 1870s, it has passed from one generation of Hardy to the next, a constant traversing through time.  Today, Andrew ‘Ox’ Hardy and his family look after the 140-hectare farm in Blewitt Springs, in the upper slopes of McLaren Vale. Nestled amongst thirty hectares of native bush are 45 hectares of vine; 2.54 hectares of which are the ancestor vines, originally planted by Ox’s great-great grandfather in 1891.

Ox’s winemaking experience spans four decades.  Having worked with some of the greats in Australia and abroad, today he focuses his energy crafting benchmark wines which showcase the terroir of the iconic Upper Tintara Vineyard.  With one foot in the past, he honours his heritage with three expressions of estate grown Blewitt Springs Shiraz; and the other foot firmly in the future, he celebrates the versatility of the Vale, embracing emerging varieties that suit the terroir and changing climate, ensuring the legacy continues for his children’s children to enjoy.

Correction: In the May 18th issue of The Weekend Australian, Nick Ryan's review incorrectly refers to our Upper Tintara Vineyard Shiraz 2023 instead of the reviewed 2022 vintage.