As soon as you arrive at Hardys Tintara you can feel the history of one of Australia’s great icons of the international wine industry and you can sense the beginnings of a family empire that started right here in McLaren Vale six generations ago in 1853. A tour of the winery, which is even more interesting during the February to April vintage period when everything kicks into action, also allows an exploration of that rich history. This is something special.
The winery was established when Thomas Hardy converted the old flour mill into the Tintara winery in 1878. It has existed in this central, Main Road McLaren Vale location ever since, and has become an integral part of McLaren Vale’s history. Some of the facilities you can visit at the winery include the viewing platform that overlooks the working winery, the fortified room and the old barrel cellar.
The Hardy family has given us some of the best known names of the wine industry: Thomas Hardy, Eileen Hardy, and Sir James Hardy would be familiar to anyone who appreciates great wine.
Various tasting options are available to explore and experience the range, depth and quality of a McLaren Vale icon. Even better, Luxury Winery Tours has negotiated a special tasting for our customers that is sure to delight. See our Tastings information for details, including the possibility of a tasting in the historic James Hardy Room.