Dr William Thomas Angove
Angove Family Winemakers was founded in 1886 by Dr William Thomas Angove. He and his young family had emigrated from Cornwall, England, to Tea Tree Gully, which lies in the foothills of Adelaide, South Australia. Establishing a medical practice Dr Angove soon found himself experimenting with winemaking as a tonic for his patients. Planting 10 acres in the 1800s initially, he produced dry table and fortified wine and soon found a growing customer base that turned his hobby into a business.
Thomas ‘Skipper’ Carlyon Angove
The son of the founder, who, despite two World Wars, saw the business develop from a small hobby enterprise to a multi-regional wine business. Skipper produced a diverse range of fine wines for local and export markets. It was his initiative to establish a new winery in Renmark, in 1910; it was the first winery in the Riverland. He cemented Angove Family Winemakers as a major player in the Australian wine scene producing fine still and fortified wines as well as establishing the St Agnes Distillery and one of Australia’s most iconic spirits, St Agnes Brandy.
Thomas William Carlyon Angove
Third generation Thomas William Carlyon Angove joined the business after completing a Degree in Oenology at the Adelaide University’s Roseworthy campus where he finished as Dux of the course. He followed the winemaking footsteps of his forbears. It was under his direction that the company saw substantial developments, with expansion of crushing and processing facilities as well as the planting of the Nanya Vineyard—at the time the largest single vineyard in the Southern Hemisphere. Tom was responsible for the early development of the “Bag in Box” for wine in 1965. A Patron of the Wine Industry in 1993, Thomas William Carlyon Angove was awarded an Order of Australia in 1994 for service to the industry and was one of the most respected figures in Australian wine.
John Carlyon Angove
After studying science and economics and a stint in the Australian Wine Centre in London, fourth generation descendant John Carlyon Angove returned to work in the family business in the 1970’s becoming Managing Director in 1983 and Chairman in 2001. John’s vision for the business was to become a maker of regional wines of provenance. He has overseen major redevelopment of the Nanya Vineyard, upgrades to the winery including the establishment of the small batch micro winery within the larger site and new bottling facility. Vineyard acquisition in McLaren Vale further enhanced the premium stable of vineyards owned by the Angove family. John is an Executive Councillor of the Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA) and has been since its inception in 1989. He has been Chairman of both the Technical and Brandy Committees of the WFA and was also a Councillor of the WFA’s predecessor, the Australian Wine and Brandy Producers Association. John has been Vice President of the South Australian Wine Industry Association and was the SAWIA President for 3 years. He has also been the Chairman of Riverland Wine Industry Development Council and currently sits on the board of the Australia Wine Research Institute. In 2011 John was awarded an AM, Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian Wine Industry, the Arts and his charity work. John stepped down as Managing Director in 2017 but remains as Chairman of the company.
John’s eldest daughter, Victoria has been interested in the family business and wine industry from an early age. Victoria completed a Commerce degree at Adelaide University with double majors in Marketing and Management. Following extensive time travelling and working overseas, Victoria joined the sales and marketing team at the beginning of 2001 and has been involved with export, domestic sales, marketing and public relations. Victoria is now Joint Managing Director of the company, together with her brother Richard.
John’s son Richard studied business and winemaking at Adelaide University, and after completing his winemaking degree left South Australia working vintages in many wineries around the world as a “flying winemaker” for eight years. In 2007 Richard was the top student at the Australian Wine Research Institute’s Advanced Wine assessment course and since then has judged at the Adelaide Wine Show, Victorian Wine Show and the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. Richard returned to SA and joined the family business in 2008, overseeing the family’s McLaren Vale interests and being involved in Sales, Marketing and Winemaking activities. Richard is passionate about growing grapes organically, organic wine and sustainability. Richard became joint Managing Director with his sister Victoria in 2017.