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Nature Foundation celebrates its 40th birthday!

19Oct Nature Foundation celebrates its 40th birthday!

On 14th October 1981, Dr Barbara Hardy AO, David Cleland, Warren Bonython AO and Dr Mark Bonnin AM established the organisation known today as Nature Foundation.

40 years later, Nature Foundation has completed decades of amazing preservation work, including:

      • Adding 24 properties in South Australia to the National Reserve System in partnership with State and Commonwealth Governments;
      • Helping to protect 1.15 million hectares of land in South Australia, including more than 5,000 square kilometres on the foundation’s own nature reserves.
      • Providing 418 grants valued at more than $1.7 million to university students, researchers and community organisations to support nature science research to address critical knowledge gaps about our ecosystems;
      • Delivering more than 14,000 megalitres of water to more than 100 wetland complexes in SA’s River Murray Valley through its Water for Nature program; and
      • Involving 250 young Aboriginal people to participate in its innovative and accredited Kids on Country program on the Nature Foundation’s nature reserves.

Bec Hardy joined the Nature Foundation board in 2020 and Bec Hardy Wines remains a proud sponsor of Nature Foundation.

Bec Hardy Wines wins second major export award in 15 months

20Sep Bec Hardy Wines wins second major export award in 15 months

On Thursday 16th September, the team at Bec Hardy Wines was thrilled to be named as the ‘Regional Exporter of the Year 2021’ at the SA Premier’s Export Awards, held to showcase South Australian exporters with remarkable capabilities to the world.

This award was the second major export award since the company’s official launch on 1st July 2020. Since launching, Bec Hardy Wines has opened up new markets in several countries, including the US, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Luxembourg.

Going forward, the team is excited to build on this initial success and is now actively exploring further expansion into other major international markets.

Watch the video here.

Barbara Hardy recognised as South Australia’s ‘Most Influential Green Leader’

27Aug Barbara Hardy recognised as South Australia’s ‘Most Influential Green Leader’

Bec Hardy Wines remains proud sponsors of Nature Foundation and we were really excited to see the foundation’s co-founder and Bec’s grandmother, Dr Barbara Hardy AO, named as South Australia’s number 1 ‘Most Influential Green Leader’ in the Advertiser last weekend. Bec is a life member of Nature Foundation and currently serves on the board, carrying on Barbara’s legacy in a small way. It was also great to see Professor Chris Daniels named at number two in this article. Chris is a friend and former board member of Nature Foundation, and is still involved in the College for Nature Champions, which Bec and Richard will co-convene from next year, aiming to raise $5 million in five years to provide a perpetual endowment fund.

You can read the whole article here.

Corporate Christmas Functions at Pertaringa and Tipsy Hill

28Jul Corporate Christmas Functions at Pertaringa and Tipsy Hill

Did you know that Bec Hardy Wines now offers a selection of all-inclusive, no stress corporate Christmas functions at both our Pertaringa and Tipsy Hill venues in McLaren Vale?

There’s a variety of options available, ranging from casual cocktail events to more formal sit-down functions.

Please email Anna Kerley at anna@bechardy.com.au for more information.

Winter update from the winery

30Jun Winter update from the winery

As we mark the halfway point of the year, everything is tracking well in the winery. Our 2021 Scarecrow Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé have both been bottled and will be hitting the shelves soon. The 2021 reds have all finished malolactic fermentation and are safely tucked in oak for the next 9-12 months. We use predominantly French hogshead barrels for the Pertaringa and Bec Hardy reds, with both new and old oak to best complement the fruit. The red wines are looking amazing this year and we’re excited to see what the next phase of maturation will bring for them.  Our first red wine to bottle is the Lakeside Pinot Noir, which is our only red wine bottled in the same year that the grapes are picked. This Pinot Noir is medium-bodied, fruit focused and spends only a few months on French oak to give it a gentle oak influence that complements the fresh, spicy fruit flavours in the wine. The next few months in the winery will be focused mainly on the 2020 reds. The next steps for production will be to get these wines out of oak, blend and prepare them for bottling later in the year.

Cheers,

BHW winemaker, Bec Swincer

Winter update from the Tipsy Hill garden

25Jun Winter update from the Tipsy Hill garden

While winter is traditionally a period of dormancy, there’s still plenty of colour in the Tipsy Hill garden – and still plenty of work to do! With any large garden, it’s always a work in progress rather than a finished space.

At the moment, we’re transplanting Russelia equisetiformis (Coral Plant) from the driveway to the northern garden bed.  We’re also transplanting Shasta Daisies from the ‘White Garden’ to the garden bed alongside the driveway, and transplanting Irises and Phormium plants from near the pepper tree and planting them under the pines at the top of the garden, near the driveway.

To add to our kitchen garden, we’re also planting avocado trees in the western garden area. We continue to prune perennial shrubs and groundcovers, and also remove plants from areas that are becoming overcrowded. So plenty to keep us busy!

Cheers,

Bec

Join us to celebrate Father’s Day at Pertaringa!

09Jun Join us to celebrate Father’s Day at Pertaringa!

On Sunday 5th September, join us at the Pertaringa cellar door for a family-friendly and fun Father’s Day celebration featuring all of dad’s favourites: wine, a lamb on the spit and a brazier! Our friends from Ikonic Kitchen will prepare slow-cooked lamb on the spit for a buffet-style lunch with lots of yummy accompaniments and dad can choose from our premium range of sparkling, white, rosé and red wines. Tickets are limited – so make sure you book now!

Ticket price includes a glass of wine on arrival and lunch. Additional wines will be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle.

Mother’s Day at Tipsy Hill

05May Mother’s Day at Tipsy Hill

This Mother’s Day, join Bec and her family for a special celebration at her beautiful Tipsy Hill property.

This will be a very exclusive event with one morning and one afternoon tea session, featuring only 22 tickets available for each.

Enjoy a glass of the Bec Hardy Premium Sparkling NV on arrival with a selection of petite sweets and savoury treats, followed by unlimited exploring opportunities of the picturesque Tipsy Hill gardens.

A selection of Bec Hardy and Pertaringa wines will also be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle on the day.

Limited tickets available – book here.

Vintage 2021 update from Winemaker BecS

15Apr Vintage 2021 update from Winemaker BecS

The 2021 vintage is shaping up to be a great one with steady growing conditions, no major weather events and a cooler harvest period leading to great colour, natural tannins and good acid retention. No significant rain during vintage also meant very low disease pressure.

Harvest started in early February and everything has now been picked and gone through fermentation. Our Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé have been blended and stabilised, and are being prepared for bottling in June. All the reds are in oak and going through secondary malolactic fermentation.

All in all, the 2021 vintage is looking like it might be one of the best in the last 10 years!

Cheers,
Winemaker BecS

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