Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy
Pertaringa Cellar Door: McLaren Vale, South Australia The Pertaringa cellar door offers a beautiful natural setting amongst the gum trees with magnificent views and outdoor picnic facilities. Australia's most prominent wine writer, James Halliday, has rated Wines by Geoff Hardy as a 5 red star winery with several top ratings for the Pertaringa wines. At the Pertaringa cellar door, nestled in the foothills of the well-known McLaren Vale wine region, you can taste these award-winning wines and even enjoy a glass or two with a picnic on the decking that overlooks the vineyard. K1 by Geoff Hardy Cellar Door: Adelaide Hills, South Australia The beautifully situated K1 cellar door overlooks the lake and vineyard, and has been recognised as one of Australia's Top 10 Cellar Door Experiences by leading wine industry publication, Wine Business Magazine. Australia's most prominent wine writer, James Halliday, has also rated Wines by Geoff Hardy as a 5 red star winery with numerous top ratings for the K1 by Geoff Hardy wines. When you visit the K1 cellar door you can experience these wines in our unique lakeside tasting room, the centrepiece of which is a hand crafted tasting bench made by Geoff from a 400 year old red gum from his Limestone Coast vineyard.
Pertaringa Cellar Door: 327 Hunt Road, McLaren Vale, SA 5171
K1 Cellar Door: 159 Tynan Road, Kuitpo, SA 5172
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Winemaker & Brand Ambassador
Shane is also a chef by trade and uses the skills honed in the kitchen to exert a Gastronomic Intelligence in his winemaking philosphy.
With 10 years of experience in the cellar Shane believes in earning his stripes, starting as a cellarhand and spending many long nights studying the science of wine in the pursuit of his winemaking goals.
Shane has been working with Geoff since 2006 and was appointed Senior Winemaker for the Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy range of wines in 2011. He relies on the vines to translate the unique message of the vineyard into something tangible and sees his role as "not losing the message between picking the grapes and opening the bottle".
Today, Shane is receiving due recognition for his winemaking through Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy's award-winning wines.
Vigneron & Managing Director
Geoff completed his diploma in Wine Production in 1977 and started working with his family's 160-year old wine business, Thomas Hardy and Sons.
After purchasing the Pertaringa Vineyard in McLaren Vale with fellow viticulturist Ian Leask in 1980, Geoff finally found his ideal site for the production of cool climate grapes in 1987 at Kuitpo in the southern Adelaide Hills. Today, this vineyard together with other family vineyards in Langhorne Creek and on the Limestone Coast are behind the single vineyard or regional blends in the Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy range of wines.
Throughout his career, Geoff has been involved in the planting of more than 3,000 hectares of vines and has consulted to more than 200 different vineyards in Australia, France and Italy. His extensive knowledge of viticulture and wine production ensures the creation of outstanding wines.
In 2011, he launched his Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy range of wines and also acquired the remaining share of Pertaringa Wines to become its sole custodian. Together with K1 by Geoff Hardy, these brands now make up Wines by Geoff Hardy and continue the 160-year old family tradition of pushing the boundaries of Australian viticulture.
Viticulturist & Brand Manager
After completing her Viticultural Science degree at the University of Adelaide in 2003, Bec spent timeworking at K1 and Pertaringa as well as doing vintages at Maxwell Wines, Orlando Wyndham and Lion Nathan. In 2006, she moved to London to complete the Wine & Spirit Education Tust (WEST) Diploma, and work for Stratford's Wine Agencies to further her knowledge of the global wine industry.
In late 2009, Bec returned to the family business from Sydney where she had been managing the national sales for Pirie Tasmania by Dr Andrew Pirie, also the founder of Pipers Brook.
Today, Bec holds a post-graduate qualification in business from UniSA and maintains her interests in the vineyard operations while leading the sales team across the three Wines by Geoff Hardy brands.
When Geoff Hardy met Richard Dolan he wasn't to know that he was meeting his future son-in-law and General Manager of Wines by Geoff Hardy, but that is exactly how it turned out.
Richard is an experienced and talented executive with a background in financial services. Prior to joining Wines by Geoff Hardy in 2011, Richard was National Operations Manager with Elders Financial Planning, a role he held since 2006. During this time, Richard played an important role in the establishment of a joint venture between OnePath (formerly ING Australia) and Elders Limited in 2009.
A Yorkshireman by birth and an Australian by choice, Richard, who migrated to Australia in 2002, holds both an undergraduate degree in International Studies and a Masters Degree in business.
Seeking a lifestyle change from corporate humdrum, Richard joined the family business shortly after marrying Geoff's daughter, Bec, in 2011 and following Geoff's acquisition of the remaining share of Pertaringa. As well as managing the day-to-day operations of the business, Richard also travels around the world promoting the Wines by Geoff Hardy brands.
Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Sales Manager
After finishing his degree in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Adelaide in 2011 and working in the wine industry all over the world, Seb joined the family company as the Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Sales Manager in 2013.
Seb has travelled and worked extensively throughout Europe and the United States, including an exchange at UC Davis in California midway through his degree and vintages in France, Italy and Austria. He's also worked several vintages at various South Australian wineries and been involved in the viticulture and winemaking at K1, as well as working in the K1 cellar door and at a local Adelaide wine store.
As the Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Sales Manager he's working to promote and distribute the Hand Crafted range of wines. While travelling through France, Italy, Spain and Austria, he gained invaluable knowledge about the native grape varieties in those countries, which has given him a solid background in and understanding of all the alternative varieties in the Hand Crafted range. During his time overseas he also picked up the local languages and speaks both French and Italian.
Yuan (Jessie) Yuan
Marketing Specialist (Asian markets)
Yuan has recently completed a Masters Degree in Agricultural Business at the University of Adelaide, primarily studying Wine Business, and has previously completed a Bachelor of Information Management in China.
She has a strong passion for the wine industry and has a particular interest in the Asian wine market. She joined the company in February 2013 and started heading up several small projects with a focus on market development in China. As a native Mandarin speaker and with her knowledge of international wine business, Yuan has provided excellent customer service to our Chinese clients and her involvement has also helped the company expand its
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The K1 name was introduced as this vineyard was the first significant planting in the Kuitpo region which is 2.5 degrees C cooler and has considerably more rainfall than McLaren Vale which is only 6 kilometres to the west. As there were no other commercial vineyards in the Kuitpo area, Geoff first trialled many varieties including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz and Semillon.
This new regional experiment paid off with one of Geoff Hardy's first vintages, the 1993 Shiraz, being judged "the best Shiraz in Australia" at the Qantas Great Australian Shiraz Challenge as judged independently by James Halliday, Brian Croser and Geoff Merrill. The wines have been awarded numerous accolades since then with leading Australian wine journalist, James Halliday, rating the K1 in the top 8% of Australian wine brands in 2011.
The vines at K1, now in their third decade, are consistently producing very high quality fruit with yields of around 6.5t/ha for reds and 9.5t/ha for whites. The cool climate of the Adelaide Hills ensures good acidity in both the reds and whites, and the reds display fine tannin and elegant yet persistent fruit allowing them to cellar very well for 8-12yrs.
The Limestone Coast is located about 300km South East of Adelaide and shares many of the characteristics of its famous neighbour, Coonawarra.
Over a million years ago this region was once an inland sea. After a series of ice ages the sea contracted, leaving a unique geological profile. The base of the area is limestone formed from the abundant ancient marine life. In addition, layers of terra rossa soil have formed by decomposed limestone with high levels of oxidised iron.
Cool nights, due to the southerly latitude and inland location of the Wirrega Vineyard, together with the limestone soil ensure slow ripening of the fruit. This extended ripening period allows development of full fruit flavours to create vibrant, mouth filling wines of finesse, elegance and good acidity. Rainfall is mainly in winter thus disease pressure is low and there is a constant artesian basin water supply. This all makes the Limestone Coast region extremely well suited to grape growing.
Langhorne Creek was settled in the early 1850s and is one of Australia's oldest wine regions steeped in tradition and history. It is 70km South East of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula near Lake Alexandrina. The close proximity to the lake and sea allows the famous climatic phenomenon called the 'Lake Doctor' to blow across the region almost every afternoon during the growing season reducing daytime temperatures.
The region also enjoys a unique global position, comprising of largely flat plains sheltered by the Mt Lofty Ranges and low summer rainfall which accounts for its low disease incidence.
Langhorne Creek produces wine with richness and purity with fine tannins and opulent mouth feel along with concentration of colour and flavour.