Ox Hardy Wines—Upper Tintara Vineyard

Andrew Hardy is one of Australia’s most respected and influential wine industry leaders. A fifth-generation winemaker, he is the great-great grandson of Thomas Hardy, the ‘Father of the South Australian Wine Industry’, and his family’s Upper Tintara Vineyard - including a 2.54-hectare block of Ancestor Vines planted by Thomas Hardy in 1891 - is one of Australia’s most important viticultural assets.

Andrew has 36 years’ experience making wine in the Barossa, Clare, Adelaide Hills and Coonawarra, working chiefly at Knappstein and Petaluma. He has also made wine in California, Oregon and Bordeaux, is a Trustee of The Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia and played a pivotal role in the industry’s adoption of the screw cap. Andrew’s winemaking philosophy is best described as minimalist, allowing the quality of the vineyard and its fruit to shine through.

Andrew’s enduring childhood nickname ‘Ox’ gives this label its name.

Ox Hardy Wines, Big Ox Upper Tintara Vineyard 1891 Ancestor Vines Shiraz

Minimal intervention, maximum character

Andrew's engaging manner, penchant for pink shirts and old British sports cars, namely his 1954 Austin Healey, has been captured by the bold applications of branding and colour palette. The subtle blind embossed secondary device a testament to the family's regional connection and the cyclical influences of each growing season, captured by this winemaker's minimalist approach.

Ox Hardy Wines, Big Ox Upper Tintara Vineyard 1891 Ancestor Vines Shiraz
Ox Hardy Wines, Little Ox Upper Tintara Vineyard Slate Shiraz
Ox Hardy Wines, Little Ox Grenache and Shiraz