Angove Family Winemakers was founded in 1886 by Dr. William Thomas Angove, an emigrant from Cornwall, England who had moved with his family to a settlement in Australia called Tea Tree Gully, today a suburb of Adelaide, capital of the state of South Australia. Soon after establishing a medical practice there, Dr. Angove began experimenting with using wine as a tonic for his patients, which led to a second career in winemaking. By 1910, Dr. Angove had planted 100 acres of vines and built a winery called St. Agnes. He also pioneered grape-growing in Riverland, a vast region of South Australia that today yields nearly half of Australia’s grape production.
Since Dr. Angove’s death in 1912, four generations of his descendants have established Angove Family Winemakers one of the most successful family-owned wineries in Australia. The Angoves own two estate vineyards and wineries – in South Australia’s McLaren Vale and Riverland districts – and market 16 different brands encompassing an impressively diverse range of premium, super-premium and ultra-premium table, sparkling and fortified wines offering outstanding quality and value.
- Red Blend (Shiraz/Grenache/Petit Verdot)
The word ‘Medhyk’ is Cornish for doctor and it is most fitting that the pinnacle of Angove winemaking be connected to and commemorate our founder, a Cornish doctor, Dr. William Thomas Angove.
The Medhyk is one of McLaren Vale’s most exclusive wines that has developed a reputation as a McLaren Vale icon. This exemplary wine displays the purity of variety and region that can only be found in the best grapes sourced from old vines in the acclaimed McLaren Vale region.
This range is adorned with the full color Angove Family Crest. The shield depicts the family interests of mining and winemaking, with the Latin motto of Deo Volente Vincam- God willing, I shall conquer. The essence of McLaren Vale, these wines are framed with vibrant fruit expression, freshness, balance and finesse.
The history of the Angove Family Crest in Australia began with the trademark registration of a double headed eagle with wings in 1908 by Dr. William Thomas Angove. Its origin is not known with certainty, however in January 1883, in a letter to his brother Edward, William wrote, ‘Will you send me one of the crests you had done.’ Edward Angove’s reply to this question has not survived the test of time.
In 1948, second generation T.C. Angove approached the College of Arms, London with regard to registering the Armorial Seal, a spread double-headed eagle from the Angove Coat-of-Arms, as a trademark. Investigations by the College of Arms found that the Arms were those of Abel Angove (1673-1741) of the Parish of Illogan, however the College was unwilling to confirm the supposed Angove Arms, but were prepared to incorporate the principal feature (the double-headed eagle) in a new granting of arms.
- Red Blend (Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvèdre)
Hand picked, hand sorted, and hand crafted, each wine is framed with elegance, complexity, balance and length. Wines that truly reflect the unique site and season.
Dr William Thomas Angove established Angove Family Winemakers in 1886, however his first significant grape harvest was in 1893. The grapes for this harvest came from his own un-named home block in the foothills of Adelaide at Tea Tree Gully, and a vineyard called Warboys a few hundred metres down the road from his residence, owned by Henry Hall.
The production from these two vineyards was the beginning of the first commercial harvest of the Angove wine business after seven years of experimentation and hobby winemaking.
To bring some of the history of the Angove wine business and the Tea Tree Gully region to our historic old vine McLaren Vale vineyard on Chalk Hill Road the vineyard has been named the Warboys Vineyard.
The vineyard is certified organic and selected bio-dynamic principles are utilized. The single vineyard Warboys wines are only made in the best years and are a true reflection of terroir, encompassing the unique soil, site and season.
- Shiraz Grenache
Crisp and fresh bursting with grapey flavours this is a light delightfully sweet slightly fizzy wine made to drink soon after bottling. Perfect as an aperitif, or to accompany dessert, this is a wine that speaks of its South Australian origins, perfect with a picnic next to the river or a lazy afternoon at the beach.