OX Hardy

One of the legendary stories of Australian wine history has just been reborn.

Ox Hardy wines represent a rare and precious combination of people, vineyard, history and winemaking provenance.

Each element of the Ox Hardy range of wines are precious in their own right, but the circumstances that have finally brought them together makes them a treasure of the Australian wine industry. First planted by Thomas Hardy in 1891, the last remaining 2.54ha block of Ancestor Vines still produces exceptionally high-quality fruit today.

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Andrew ‘Ox’ Hardy

Andrew Hardy is one of Australia’s most respected and influential wine industry leaders.

Andrew, a fifth-generation winemaker, is the great-great-grandson of Thomas Hardy, known as the 'Father of the South Australian Wine Industry.' With four decades of winemaking experience in Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, and McLaren Vale working chiefly at Petaluma. He has also made wine in California, Oregon, and Bordeaux. At Knappstein in Clare, Andrew was awarded the Warren Winiarski Trophy for 'Best Cabernet in the World.' He was also pivotal in the industry's adoption of the Screwcap closure.

Andrew is known for his elegant winemaking style, engaging manner, and partiality for pink shirts. His winemaking philosophy is best described as minimalist, allowing the quality of the vineyard and its fruit to shine through. Andrew's childhood and enduring nickname 'Ox' inspired the eponymous label.

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Andrew is one of Australia’s most respected and influential wine industry leaders and a Trustee of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia.

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An Australian winemaking legend reborn

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

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1891 Ancestor Vines

The Hardy family’s Upper Tintara Vineyard is one of Australia’s most important viticultural assets. The Vineyard’s last remaining 2.54ha block of 1891 Ancestor Vines, planted by Andrew’s great-great-grandfather Thomas Hardy, are some of Australia’s oldest and most valuable.

Each element of the Ox Hardy range of wines are precious in their own right, but the circumstances that have finally brought them together make them a treasure of the Australian wine industry.

Andrew Hardy is a fifth-generation winemaker, he is the great-great-grandson of Thomas Hardy, the ‘Father of the South Australian Wine Industry.