The Angove family company, Angove's Pty. Ltd., ranks among Australia's largest privately owned wine companies and stands as one of the few with strong interests in distilling as well as grape growing and winemaking. The origins of Angove's as a company had more to do with satisfying a way of life rather than a determination to establish a wine and brandy producing business.

Dr. William Angove, an accomplished general practitioner and surgeon, with his wife and young family, emigrated from Cornwall in 1886 to establish a medical practice in South Australia. His early experimentation with vines, winemaking and distilling, led to the establishment of a proud family business.

Dr. Angove's initial plantings at the township of Tea Tree Gully in the Adelaide foothills were the forerunner of one of the largest vineyards in the southern hemisphere - the magnificent Nanya Vineyard at Renmark in South Australia's Murray Valley. Early vintages of wine, a burgundy style dry red, from the original Tea Tree Gully vineyard proved to be popular with the local community.

Steady expansion of the vineyard and the building of a winery and cellars of local stone meant that, by the turn of the century, production reached 300 tonnes of grapes from some 50 acres of land under vines. During that period the accent on red wine was gradually supplemented by the production of dry white wines as well as foritified wines in the sherry and port styles. Stills and a large Cornish steam boiler were installed for the production of fortifying spirit.

Angove's Pty. Ltd. / Bookmark Ave, Renmark / PO Box 12, Renmark / South Australia 5341 / (+61)-8-8580-3100

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