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Monday 13 November 2017

Major export award for small family winery

Small South Australian winery Wines by Geoff Hardy has been named Australian Exporter of the Year at the Optus My Business Awards for 2017. 

The event is the longest-standing business awards program in Australia, and identifies and acknowledges the achievements of Australia’s best companies.

Wines by Geoff Hardy is a family-owned and -operated wine business and took out the award against other well-known Australian companies, including Australian success story aussieBum.
K1 by Geoff Hardy cellar door

“This is a remarkable achievement by our company and we are of course very honoured to be included in such great company,” CEO Richard Dolan said.

“We have a small and very dedicated team, which have all been essential to the continued growth we’ve had in our export markets.”

Wines by Geoff Hardy has seen huge developments in its overseas markets over the past few years, recording double-digit export growth each year for six consecutive years.

Between 2011 and 2016, the company’s export sales grew by a massive 885%. 

“While sales to China have played a major role in that growth, we have also opened new markets in India, Finland, Sweden, UK, Hong Kong and Canada with further markets opening soon in Peru, the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan,” Dolan said.

“We still have plenty of scope for further growth in the UK and mainland Europe, as well as North America, where we have little to no representation. We are actively looking for new partners in these more traditional markets, together with other new and emerging markets in Asia.

“In addition to our success, the nomination of fellow South Australian family wine business, Patritti, in the same award category is great news for the broader industry - wine is one of our state’s largest exports and this shows that there’s still plenty of opportunities to grow out there.”

Wines by Geoff Hardy is made up of three South Australian wineries run by Geoff Hardy - Pertaringa in McLaren Vale, K1 by Geoff Hardy in the Adelaide Hills and Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy. 

The company produces around 1.2m bottles of wine per year, with fruit sourced from a variety of premium regions across South Australia. 

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