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Bec has recently been features as one of the top 10 business women in McLaren Vale. Read more here (subscription required).
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.
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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.
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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.
Read Huon Hooke’s article in the Real Review about the ownership change.
Bec Hardy and her plans for the Pertaringa brand and cellar door were featured in the Advertiser this week. Read more here.
The Pertaringa cellar door is currently being refurbished to appropriately reflect the premium aesthetic of the brand, and provide a welcoming space for wine-lovers to relax and learn more about the portfolio.
In the meantime, Bec Hardy Wines’ other home – Bec and Richard’s beautiful Tipsy Hill estate – has been featured in the premium lifestyle publication, Australia Country Magazine.
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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.
On 1st July, sixth generation Hardy family member Bec took 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 went on to become 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 Geoff 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 years and is a natural progression of the sixth generation continuing the hard work of their predecessors. It will be ‘business as usual’ in the short term, as the team continues to work with the group of McLaren Vale growers who have been instrumental in fueling Pertaringa’s success, ensuring consistency in the quality and style of wines. Going forwards, Bec will consider additional recruitment to strengthen the winemaking team, 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,” Bec continues, “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 celebrates its fortieth year in 2020 and makes up about 80% of the Wines by Geoff Hardy business. We understand the business well, having managed it successfully since 2011, and seeing it grow to be five times the size today as it was back then.”
Immediate plans include refurbishing the Pertaringa cellar door, to appropriately reflect the premium aesthetic of the brand, and provide a welcoming space for wine-lovers to relax and learn more about the portfolio. Renowned interior designer Georgie Shepherd has been appointed to oversee the project, which is scheduled for completion later in July, in time to welcome visitors back to McLaren Vale following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Bec and Richard also plan to continue their successful export journey, as and when international travel opens up and it is appropriate and safe to do so. Together, the couple grew Wines by Geoff Hardy’s wine exports by 788% and achieved eight years of double-digit export growth – culminating in being named Australian Exporter of the Year 2017 and Regional Exporter of the Year 2019.
Geoff and Fiona Hardy will continue to manage the running of the K1 brand and cellar door, as well as associated events.