With its idyllic rural location, the Hanwood Estate cellar door encompasses the long history of the McWilliam’s family and captures the fundamental nature of the Riverina wine region.
Featuring some of the oldest vineyards in New South Wales, Hanwood Estate had its beginnings in 1917 and has since been home to six successive generations of family winemakers, who have all had a role in shaping the Australian wine industry we know today.
Awarded 2014’s ‘Best Tasting Experience’ in the Riverina by Gourmet Traveller Magazine Australia, Hanwood Estate provides the perfect setting to take in the fascinating history of the McWilliam family and to savour the family’s legendary wines.
What new ranges have McWilliam's released in the last year (2014)?
Last year saw the launch of McWilliam’s new Appellation Range, which features wines hailing from the emerging cool climate wine regions of NSW. There’s a Chardonnay and Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay from Tumbarumba, Shiraz and Cabernet from Hilltops, Sauvignon Blanc from Orange and Syrah from Canberra. According to Chief Winemaker Jim Chatto, the Appellation range, which focuses on the key varietals and styles that create the rich, diverse wine landscape in NSW, is at the forefront of a new era for this historic family company. He says that the key to these wines is that they represent the region from which they hail. “With the Appellation Range we are working with our best sites and their diverse altitudes, latitudes and aspects, to convey a real sense of place; to tell the story of NSW wine. The ‘appellation’ dictates the style, we merely bring to life its potential!’’ On each label you’ll discover a hand painted artwork that depicts the region from where the wine is sourced.
How did McWilliam's celebrate Hanwood Estate’s centenary?
Of the families that were allocated farms in the Griffith region in August 1913, McWilliam’s is one of the few still operating a business. To commemorate Hanwood’s centenary, we produced a booklet that paid tribute to those in the family – John James (J.J), Jack and Glen McWilliam – whose hard work led to the establishment of the Hanwood vineyards and winery. We also held a reunion that brought together over 160 descendants of J.J McWilliam and released two Vintage Ports crafted from the 2013 vintage in honour of J.J McWilliam’s two sons, Jack and Glen, who helped build up Hanwood throughout its centenary. We also hosted a barbecue for 300 family members, winery staff and growers at the Griffith Pioneer Park Museum. Thirteen of J.J McWilliam’s grandchildren unveiled a commemorative plaque honouring his contribution to the local wine industry. Following this event, representatives of Griffith City Council, Murrumbidgee Irrigation, Wine Grapes Marketing Board and McWilliam’s Wines officially opened the Wine and Irrigation Museum.