The Angove Story

Angove Family Winemakers is a fifth generation family business dedicated to crafting super premium and single vineyard wines from McLaren Vale, together with diverse wines from some of South Australia’s great wine growing regions.


William Thomas Angove and family arrive in Australia from Cornwall, England to establish a medical practice at Tea Tree Gully in the foothills to the north east of Adelaide.

dr angove original plaque


The Angove winemaking story begins with Dr Angove making his first wines in the historic Brightlands Cellars as a tonic for his patients.

angove brightlands cellar


The wine business begins to grow with 10 acres of vineyards in production and a further 20 acres planted by 1893.

angove and sons postcard


The Angove vineyard holdings grows to 100 acres, one of the largest in the state and making up a fifth of the total land planted to vines. Early wines are made from grapes grown in these vineyards as well as those from the nearby ‘Warboys Vineyard’ owned by Henry Hall.


The St Agnes Distillery and Winery is established and winemaking activities are moved from Brightlands Cellars.

angove st agnes distillery


Dr Angove's son, Carl 'Skipper' Angove ventures to Renmark to establish the Riverland's first winery and distillery

angove biography thomas skipper carlyon angove second generation


Carl Angove and Ron Martin establish Dominion Wines Ltd in England. Over the next 20 years Angove & Son are one of the top four Australian wineries exporting to England under the joint venture

Dominion wines label


Third generation, Thomas William Carlyon (Tom) Angove, graduates as Dux of Oenology from Roseworthy, receiving the Leo Buring Medal for highest aggregate in all diploma subjects, the RH Martin tasting prize and the Karl Weidenhofer prize for an individual project on modified distillation procedure, which today is still published worldwide

Timeline 1940


Tom Angove is appointed Managing Director and begins a new era of development installing state of the art storage and crushing facilities and building the ‘Vintage House’ housing thirty-two, five tonne concrete open fermenters, regarded as leading technology at the time

Timeline 1946


Tom purchases land, now referred to as Nanya Vineyard, in Paringa, across the river from Renmark. The 480 Hectare vineyard is steadily planted to over 18 different grape varieties that supply the company’s commercial wine brands

Timeline 1962


The vineyards around Tea Tree Gully are compulsorily acquired by the South Australian State Government; with the strike of a politician's pen the region that three generations of Angove had worked hard to develop is re-zoned from agricultural land to residential as Adelaide’s urban sprawl envelops prime grape growing land

Timeline 1979


The Angove winery at Tea Tree Gully processes its last fruit on site

Timeline 1974


Fourth generation of the family, John Carlyon Angove succeeds his father as Managing Director and drives significant development and investment in all aspects of the business

Timeline 1983


Victoria Angove joins the family business as fifth generation. She begins work on the road selling wine before becoming heavily involved in export market development

Timeline 1997


Nanya Vineyard begins conversion to certified Organic grape production for the making in to the Angove Family's first certified Organic Wine

Timeline 2007


The Angove family acquire a unique and historic vineyard on Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale planted to old vine Shiraz and Grenache. The vineyard is renamed Warboys Vineyard and it is immediately farmed with organic and biodynamic practices

Timeline 2008


Richard Angove joins the family business after a nine year apprenticeship working in other wine businesses around the world

Timeline 2009


Angove Family Winemakers opens a Cellar Door and function facility on the family’s organic and biodynamic Warboys vineyard in McLaren Vale

Timeline 2011


The first vintage of the new flagship wine for the company, ‘The Medhyk’ is released. Made from old vine McLaren Vale Shiraz, basket pressed and aged in French oak. Medhyk, Cornish for “Doctor”, commemorates the company’s founder, Dr William Angove

Timeline 2011b


Angove McLaren Vale Cellar Door won McLaren Vale’s Best New Business Award and a Silver Medal at the South Australian Tourism Awards

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Sophie Angove joins the business taking on a role in viticulture


John Angove steps aside as Managing Director, remaining as Chairman, with Richard and Victoria taking up the role jointly

Timeline 2017


All 500Ha of Angove owned vineyards are farmed using organic principles with full conversion due in 2020

angove mclaren vale organic biodynamic warboys vineyard


The Angove family expand their vineyard holdings, purchasing the premium Angels Rise vineyard, located 280m above sea level, on prime viticultural land just outside of Clarendon at the boundary of the McLaren Vale region

clarendon angels rise vineyard


The fifth generation of the Angove family, John’s son Richard and daughters Victoria and Sophie are both actively involved in the family business and are working to ensure that it is in pristine condition for the sixth generation

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