Tyrrell’s Wines, Hunter Valley
Tyrrell’s is one of the most famous names in Australian wine. Established by English immigrant Edward Tyrrell in 1858, 158 years later the company is still proudly 100% family owned. Headed up by fourth generation winemaker Bruce Tyrrell – with help from fifth generation members Chris, Jane and John – the iconic winery lies in the shadows of the Brokenback Range in the heart of the Hunter Valley.
The Tyrrell's legacy is built on an impressive collection of award-winning wines crafted from fruit grown in some of the most prized vineyards in the Hunter Valley. But as well as being Hunter Valley champions, Tyrrell’s have also been advocates for other first-class Australian winemaking regions, extending their search for premium grapes all over the country. The results are wines from all corners of the Australian wine continent served in some of the world’s finest restaurants. Some of their key vineyards outside the Hunter include McLaren Vale in South Australia and Heathcote, Victoria.
Bruce Tyrrell is fiercely proud of his Hunter Valley home and unwavering in his loyalty and passion for the family business.
In 2006 he was recognised with an Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to the Australian wine industry, improving grape quality, research, tourism and export opportunities. And in 2010, Tyrrell's was named "Winery of the Year" in James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion.
Meet Tyrrell’s winemaker, Bruce Tyrrell
I started in the winery when I started to walk and spent all of my holidays, through school and university, working in the cellar, working vintage, or behind the bar in cellar door. All of my training was done on the job.
Bill’s favourite wine moment
I have two wines that could be served to me in a rusty bucket and I would still pick them – 1954 Richard Hermitage and 1962 La Tache.
Bruce’s winemaking Philosophy
1. Know your vineyard and your region and never try to force or second guess nature.
2. Cleanliness, cleanliness and more cleanliness.
3. Listen to the end consumer and always be aware of where they are going.
“Know your vineyard and your region and never try to force, or second guess, nature.”
- Bruce Tyrrell
- Hunter Valley