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Q&A: The winemaker breaking the mould in a six-generation dynasty

22Mar Q&A: The winemaker breaking the mould in a six-generation dynasty

In July last year Bec Hardy took over the ownership of McLaren Vale brand Pertaringa, becoming the first female member of the Hardy family to own her own vineyard and produce her own wine.

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We’re hiring: Customer Experience Specialist

25Feb We’re hiring: Customer Experience Specialist

Do you want to be part of an amazing team of highly motivated wine lovers? The team at Bec Hardy Wines is looking for a Customer Experience Specialist to help grow our cellar door and events – and that person might be you!

Established in 2015, Bec Hardy Wines (BHW) is a family-owned and -operated premium wine business based in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Bec is a 6th generation member of and the first female vigneron from one of Australia’s oldest wine families, the Hardys.

Based at the company’s Pertaringa cellar door and main office in McLaren Vale, this full-time position will include some weekend work.

Skills & Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience or study in events, customer service or hospitality;
  • Excellent customer service, time management, communication and presentation skills;
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office Suite skills;
  • Being a team player and able to work efficiently with people across different areas of BHW; and
  • Most importantly: being passionate about delivering a first-class customer wine experience!

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Providing first-class customer service to our Wine Club members, cellar door visitors and other customers;
  • Successfully promoting and managing the Pertaringa cellar door;
  • Successfully promoting BHW events and generating new function bookings;
  • Working with the rest of the team to help manage internal and external events, including weddings, private functions and wine industry events; and
  • Providing support to the Logistics, Digital Marketing and Communications managers.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A current Responsible Service of Alcohol badge
  • A full Australian driver’s licence
  • Australian Permanent Residency
  • Wine industry experience is beneficial

If you think you have what it takes, email your CV and cover letter to hello@bechardy.com.au  

Bec Hardy Wines enters a new chapter with appointment of Bec Swincer as new winemaker

05Feb Bec Hardy Wines enters a new chapter with appointment of Bec Swincer as new winemaker

Bec Hardy Wines has just announced it has appointed a new winemaker, Bec Swincer. Bec brings with her over two decades of winemaking experience and will be channelling her expertise into propelling the brand forward into a new decade.

Bec Hardy, the great-great-great granddaughter of Thomas Hardy, known as the ‘Father of South Australian wine’ took the reins from her father Geoff in 2020 to become the owner of Pertaringa, in its 40th year. In the six months since the transition, she has overhauled the McLaren Vale Cellar Door, developed a number of new varieties under her eponymous Bec Hardy label, and been chosen by AusTrade as the only South Australian business in its ‘Remarkable Australian Exporter’ showcase.

Bec Swincer brings with her over two decades of winemaking experience, in Australia and overseas in the US and France. She spent time working within leading wineries in Clare Valley, Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills, where she was winemaker for Petaluma. She studied Oenology at the University of Adelaide and the University of California, Davis. Bec is returning to Australia following two years working in California, where she was part of an all female team at The Prisoner Wine Company, which specialised in Napa Valley wines with a modern twist, including creatively blending multiple varietals.

Bec Swincer comments, “It’s been a rewarding experience working in the US and learning about the different approach to winemaking and progressive techniques that are being introduced there, but it’s great to be able to come back home to Australia and McLaren Vale in particular, with its  welcoming community of passionate winemakers. Having come from an all female team and as a mother of daughters, its really exciting to be part of a brand that celebrates women pushing forward in the industry. As Pertaringa and Bec Hardy Wines enter a new era, it’s a huge opportunity for me to make my mark and play a part in something really special.

“Joining just before harvest means I’ll be getting stuck in immediately – first up is the pick of the Pertaringa Sauvignon Blanc. The mild growing season so far is promising fantastic quality for our reds and whites, which is really exciting.”

Bec Hardy adds, “We’re a small, family-owned business which gives us the freedom to forge our own future, and we’re so excited to have Bec on board as we put a modern twist on the heritage of Pertaringa, whilst also growing the Bec Hardy brand.  As soon as we met, it was clear that Bec understood and shared our vision. It’s great to be in a position to appoint a female winemaker who is at the top of her game and we’ll use her expertise and fresh ideas to build on what we have achieved so far.”

Australian Export & Investment Awards: Showcasing amazing Australian businesses

08Jan Australian Export & Investment Awards: Showcasing amazing Australian businesses

Despite the challenges of 2020, the team at Bec Hardy Wines was very excited to be recognised by Austrade for excellence in exporting at the recent Australian Export & Investment Awards.

Read more here. 

McLaren Vale’s top business women revealed

10Dec McLaren Vale’s top business women revealed

Bec has recently been features as one of the top 10 business women in McLaren Vale. Read more here (subscription required).

AFR: In the Hardy wine family, the kids are doing it for themselves

09Oct AFR: In the Hardy wine family, the kids are doing it for themselves

Two Hardy siblings and their cousin are following in their great-great-great grandfather’s footsteps with notable wines made under their own labels.

When Bec Hardy was a kid, growing up on her parents’ property in McLaren Vale in the 1980s, she was given her own bit of the garden to grow vegies.

Read the whole article in the Australian Financial Review here.

Life Stages: I became the first female vigneron of my family wine business in five generations

08Sep Life Stages: I became the first female vigneron of my family wine business in five generations

Life Stages is 9Honey’s latest series that aims to find out when people made their biggest life choices and the journey there along the way.

A Day In The Life Of Bec Hardy, The First Female Vigneron From One Of Australia’s Oldest Wine Families, The Hardys

27Aug A Day In The Life Of Bec Hardy, The First Female Vigneron From One Of Australia’s Oldest Wine Families, The Hardys

Established by her father in 1980, Bec Hardy has taken over the ownership of McLaren Vale brand Pertaringa, becoming the first female member of the Hardy family to own her own vineyard and produce her own wine. We catch up with her to find out what a typical day looks like for her.

Read the whole article in Eat. Live. Escape. here.

Pertaringa’s ‘Tipsy Hill’ 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon awarded 99 points from James Halliday

05Aug Pertaringa’s ‘Tipsy Hill’ 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon awarded 99 points from James Halliday

As Bec Hardy takes over ownership of the McLaren Vale winery in its 40th year, its ‘hero’ wine receives near perfect score

Just weeks after announcing she has taken over ownership of her father’s 40-year-old wine brand, Pertaringa, Bec Hardy, a sixth-generation member of the famous wine family is celebrating a near perfect score from Australia’s most influential wine critic. James Halliday this weekend afforded the 2017 vintage of the Tipsy Hill Cabernet Sauvignon with a 99-point score, a rarely bestowed near perfect result.

Halliday describes it as a ‘marvellous wine, fluid, juicy and vibrant, with a very long finish, the tannins a gossamer web.”

The Tipsy Hill Cabernet Sauvignon comes from what Halliday has previously referred to as a ‘pocketchief size’ single vineyard at the Blewitt Springs home of Bec Hardy and her husband, co-MD Richard Dolan, from where its name originates. The property was named after the rare Tipsy Hill Imperial Concubine rose, planted in the beautiful gardens by its previous owners.

Bec Hardy took the reins of Pertaringa from her father on 1 July 2020, as part of the family’s natural succession planning, making her the first woman in the famous Hardy wine family to own her own vineyard and produce her own wine. The family’s name became part of legend back in 1850 when her great-great-great grandfather, Thomas Hardy arrived from the UK, and went on to become widely known as the father of the South Australian wine industry.

Bec comments, “This 99-point score for our treasured Tipsy Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is the icing on the cake in a month filled with milestones. Having taken over from my parents just a few weeks ago, it’s so rewarding that we can collectively share this honour. We know this wine is something special but having someone as revered as James Halliday agreeing with us is testament to the hard work of the viticulture and winemaking teams involved.

“It’s even more touching for us, knowing the grapes were sourced directly from the vineyard on our property, which we see as the natural home of Bec Hardy Wines. As we celebrate 40 years of Pertaringa, this 99-point score highlights what we have always worked towards achieving: to craft exceptional wines that truly reflect the special pocket of the world that is McLaren Vale.”

Along with the 99-point score for the 2017 Tipsy Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, James Halliday also bestowed a 97-point score on the 2017 Yeoman Shiraz and a 95-point rating for the 2017 Pertaringa ‘Over the Top’ Shiraz.

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