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Thomas Hardy, our pioneer, founder and first generation family member, leaves Devon for Australia. Upon arrival, Thomas finds work with John Reynell, South Australia’s first winemaker.

Thomas marries Johanna and his vision and passion for winemaking leads him to purchase his first property, Bankside. Bankside allows for Thomas to put his vision of creating ‘wines that will be prized in the markets of the world’ into practice.


Four years after planting his first vines, Thomas produces his first Bankside vintage and becomes one of the first exporters of Australian wine. Thomas’ wines continue to demonstrate their quality, making history by being the first Australian wines to be awarded two prestigious Gold medals at the International Wine Shows in Bordeaux, 1882 and Paris,1889.

In order to continue his expansion and further the vision he had for his wines, Thomas Hardy officially takes his sons into the family business, becoming Thomas Hardy & Sons.


The Bankside cellars are destroyed by fire, with the loss of every drop of wine. Two days short of his 82nd birthday, our founder, Thomas Hardy dies. His son, Robert Burrough Hardy (second generation), takes over the family business, continuing the legacy of his father.

Tom Mayfield Hardy (third generation), Thomas Hardy’s grandson, is tragically killed in a plane crash. Following his death, Tom’s wife, Eileen Hardy, and his cousin, Kenneth Hardy, take the reins of the business.

The townsfolk of McLaren Vale erect a monument to thank Thomas Hardy for bringing prosperity to the region.

Thomas Walter Hardy (fourth generation), Tom and Eileen Hardy’s eldest son, becomes the fourth generation of the Hardy family to enter the family business.


After managing the McLaren Vale vineyards and winery for 66 years, Thomas Hardy Nottage retires. As a tribute to his dedication, a vineyard at Tintara is named after him. This vineyard gives birth to a range of wines that have since become as well loved as its namesake. As we usher in our centenary, a large celebration is held at the house of Eileen Hardy (third generation), whose dedication to the family business has seen her become the grand matriarch of Hardys Wines.

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Throughout our 160 years of winemaking history, Hardys has built a tradition of great endeavour in winemaking. A succession of winemakers have followed in the footsteps of our founder, Thomas Hardy, whose vision was ‘to produce wines which will be prized in the markets of the world’ by showing outstanding innovation and resourcefulness, directed at making wines of quality and character.

We continue the great Australian blending tradition, between regions and varieties, to make wines of character and complexity with the positive hallmarks that the world has come to expect from Australia.

As current and future winemakers and viticulturalists enjoy the challenge of grape growing and winemaking, the ongoing success and enjoyment of Hardys wines around the world will be assured for decades ahead.

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Hardys, the UK’s largest wine brand, is proud to announce a major partnership with England Cricket. The three-year sponsorship deal will see Hardys as the official wine partner of England Cricket and a presence for the brand throughout England’s international fixtures this summer. The sponsorship will be supported by a fully integrated campaign including ATL advertising, digital, PR, in-ground experiential, social media and in-store activation.


This partnership is an exciting move for Hardys with cricket seen as a natural environment for the brand – a sport sharing many of the same values. Both Hardys and England Cricket have rich histories steeped in heritage and tradition, and cricket provides Hardys the opportunity to increase its brand exposure with UK cricket fans, particularly of its premium wines.


Fifth generation Hardy family member William (Bill) Hardy commented, “We are very excited to partner with England Cricket. It is a sport close to my heart and has been enjoyed by the many generations of the Hardy family.”

The rich heritage of Hardys will be brought to life for consumers through experiential activations at England’s international fixtures played in the UK and a national consumer ticket giveaway on bottles, alongside an integrated digital & PR campaign. Hardys is also launching the ‘1853 Club’ which will give cricket fans the opportunity to buy premium level Hardys wine, which has limited availability in the UK. The synergy between Hardys’ devotion to fine wine-making and England Cricket’s devotion to excellence will be evident throughout the campaign.


David Collier, Chief Executive of ECB, said: “The ECB is thrilled to embark on this partnership with Hardys wine. Hardys is an established brand that will offer the nation’s cricket fans quality wine to enjoy during matches. This is another example of our expanding commercial partnerships, and will allow us to invest more in the development of cricket game-wide.”

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from   Hardys  . In a tasting of  19 wines 

Lovely wine dinner with impeccable wine pairings! Superb whites, vibrant mature reds and exquisite sweets. Armand de Brignac Rosés in magnum were astonishingly delicious!

5d 19h ago

 Erin Larkin, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  5 wines  from   Hardys  . In a tasting of  9 wines 

2014 Vasse Felix Tom Cullity, Margaret River, 99 points / “The red fruits shine here.  This is incredible. Raspberry, pomegranate, red apple skins, pink peppercorns, hints of strawberry, blackcurrant, mulberry, seaweed/nori (an injection of iodine, beetroot).  The tannins are polished, like whipped egg white: chewy and sumptuous.  The flavours extend through the palate and into the length.  Very very long.  I can write long after it is gone.  Alive.  Energy.  Doesn’t want to finish, it doesn’t want to let go.  It lingers.  Great depth of flavour.  Effortlessly long.  In fact… it needs the extra linger time just to make sure its covered all of its flavours and textures.  Super fine, powerful, long, structured and delicate.  Perfect.”

If this represents where Margaret River has come to, then we are indeed in a magnificent place.

To put this into perspective: Margaret River vintage charts are pretty bland – the range is very good to exceptional.  There are ‘typical’ years, ‘plush’ years’, ‘leaner’ years, ‘warmer’ years… but they’re all good.  They all age prodigiously.  The 86’s are still alive and kicking: not bad for a wine region which at the time, was trailblazing towards a brave new wine world.  In 2017, Margaret River celebrated its 50th year, and along with it, Vasse Felix, it’s 50th vintage.  2018 sees the release of the 2014 Tom Cullity.  Perhaps one of the best cabernets to come out of Australia. Perfect.  99 points (or 19.5pts).

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot

(Slightly more Cab than the 2013, less Malbec, the same PV)

100% basket pressed / 100% whole berry ferment / 100% wild yeast / 24 days on skins / French oak barriques 62% new, 38% 1-4 year old, 18 months / Unfined


1y 6m ago

 Tim Pearson, Wine Dealer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from   Hardys  . In a tasting of  59 wines 

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Astralis is still quite primary eliciting aromas of black plums, blueberry compote and blackcurrant liqueur with a savory and baking spice undercurrent plus a fragrant whiff of violets. Very structured, fine and complex in the medium to full-bodied mouth, this wine is revealing much more than when I first tasted it a year ago and is now showing layer upon layer of black fruit preserves, mocha, toast and spices before finishing with great length.

2y 6m ago

 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from   Hardys  . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Terre a Terre ‘Summerton Vineyard’ Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 / From the Piccadilly region of the Adelaide Hills. It offers the immediate impression of a handful of strawberries. A lovely bowl full of fresh strawberries and cream. Delightful. Red fruited with summer garden notes. There is a slight, though still appealing, bitterness right on the finish, which ties things together nicely. A fresh, juicy, really likeable Pinot.

Score: 92/100

Best drinking: over the next four years.


2y 11m ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from   Hardys  . In a tasting of  110 wines 

“Parhaat Mökkiviinit 2014 semifinaali pullojen osalta takana. Mieleen jäi jokunen hyväkin viini! ”

6y 5m ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from   Hardys  . In a tasting of  61 wines 

“seems that I like wines from states when it comes to low priced reds :D”

6y 6m ago

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