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Wednesday 1 July 2020

New blood: a family affair at Pertaringa Wines

Sixth-generation vigneron Bec Hardy today took over the ownership of McLaren Vale wine brand Pertaringa, which was established in 1980 by her father Geoff Hardy.
Richard Dolan and Bec Hardy 

She became the first female member of the Hardy family to own her own vineyard and
produce her own wine, taking over the ownership and running of Pertaringa together with her husband and company joint managing director, Richard Dolan.

The Hardy name has been synonymous with South Australian wine since the 1850s and Bec Hardy continues that tradition, building on the experience and reputation of her predecessors.

“My family has been tending vineyards in the premium maritime region of McLaren Vale since the early 1850s when my great-great-great grandfather, Thomas Hardy, arrived from the UK,” Bec said. 

“He was one of McLaren Vale’s first settlers and is widely regarded as the father of the South Australian wine industry.”

In 1980, Bec’s father left the then family-owned Hardys to make his own way in the Australian wine world. 

The same year, he purchased the Pertaringa vineyard in the foothills of McLaren Vale.

Inspired by her father’s passion for cultivating premium fruit and producing fine wines, Bec also went on to study and work in the wine industry in both Australia and overseas. In 2010, she returned to South Australia and joined her father’s company, Wines by Geoff Hardy.

Bec taking over the Pertaringa element of the business has been part of the family’s succession planning for some years. 

It will be ‘business as usual’ as the team continues to work with the group of McLaren Vale growers who have been instrumental in fueling Pertaringa’s success. 

Bec will consider additional recruitment to strengthen the winemaking team and to further complement the brand’s evolving style and philosophy.

“I’m really excited to start this new chapter and very grateful to my parents for giving me this
opportunity,” she said. “While we never envisioned acquiring Pertaringa in the midst of a global pandemic, this is something my family has been working together on for some time. 

"We’re grateful to my mum and dad for allowing Richard and I to become the next custodians of the Pertaringa brand, which is celebrating its 40th year. We understand the business well, having managed it successfully since 2011, and seeing it grow to be five times the size today from what its was back then.”

Immediate plans include refurbishing the Pertaringa cellar door with renowned interior designer Georgie Shepherd has been appointed to oversee the project. 

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