In 1853 Australia, against a backdrop of global uncertainty Thomas Hardy set out to make wines ‘revered around the world’.
Generally regarded as the father of the wine industry in South Australia, Thomas was a grand pioneer who came to Australia as a young man and by his unbounded energy built a business known in both hemispheres. In 1878 he transformed an old flour mill on the main street of McLaren Vale into The Hardys Tintara winery, and with his success the township of McLaren Vale began to prosper and grow.
Eileen Hardy was born Eileen Ponder, in 1893, at Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley. She met her husband, Tom Mayfield Hardy, through their mutual love of sailing. In 1977, her enormous contribution to the Australian wine industry was recognised when she was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). Today, with over 9,000 global awards, and a band of ambassadors around the globe, every bottle is a mark of... Certainty in an Uncertain World.
The winemaking team at Hardys is fronted by Nigel Sneyd MW. Nigel has two Oenology degrees gained in Australia and France, as well as an MBA. His impressive hands-on winemaking experience spans names such as Domaine Dujac in Burgundy, Champagne Krug, Evans and Tate in Western Australia, and a number of Tony Laithwaite’s Flying Winemakers during their nascent years.
He settled in France, before moving to London to join E&J Gallo, and relocating then to California in 2015 as Director of Winemaking. In 2019 he returned to Australia as Global Director of Wine, Quality and Compliance for Accolade Wines and is now in overall charge of all of Accolade Wines’ exceptional portfolio.