Proudly family-owned for 160 years, Tyrrell’s is a wine company rich in history and pioneering achievements.The Tyrrell family’s association with the grape began with Edward Tyrrell in 1858. Today his legacy lives on through the fourth and fifth generation of the family who collectively manage one of Australia’s oldest and most highly regarded wineries. Tyrrell’s has grown over a century and a half to become one of Australia’s most prestigious winemakers.
Today the company is managed by fourth generation owner Bruce Tyrrell and his children, John, Chris and Jane. Over the years the family have been instrumental in changing the face of the Australian wine industry. The family’s many successes include introducing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to the Australian wine category, and their ‘Vat 47’ was Australia’s first commercial Chardonnay. They were also one of the first wineries to expand out of the Hunter Valley, setting up vineyards 160kms north of Sydney and 100kms north of Melbourne. Innovation and leadership are two of the key attributes of the family, and have been instrumental in securing Tyrrell’s position as one of Australia’s leading producers.
Today the family are also producers of Australia’s most awarded white wine, the ‘Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon’, which has won an astounding 5,475 medals and 332 trophies. The Tyrrell’s are also members of ‘Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW)’. An organisation that communicates and builds awareness of premium Australian wines and their heritage.
In the late 19th Century Phylloxera decimated vineyards across much of the globe. Miraculously the Hunter Valley was largely spared, meaning that today it is home to some of the oldest vines in the world. Bruce Tyrrell calls these ancient vineyards his “sacred sites” applauding their ability to produce fruit that is “so good and so different” that each site warrants its own bottling. Tyrrell’s Winemakers Selection - One of Australia’s oldest and most awarded collections of wine. All wines in the range originate from Tyrrell’s ancient vineyards located around the historic Pokolbin winery in the Hunter Valley. They epitomise the Hunter Valley terroir.