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Established in 2015, Bec Hardy Wines is a family-owned 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.

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. Bec’s family has been tending vineyards in the premium maritime region of McLaren Vale since the her great-great-great grandfather, Thomas Hardy, arrived from the UK in 1850. Thomas was the region’s first settler and is widely regarded as the father of the South Australian wine industry.

Just like her father Geoff left the family company in 1980, Bec is now making her own way in the Australian wine world with Bec Hardy Wines. In 2020, celebrating 40 years, Bec acquired the Pertaringa brand from her father Geoff to join the Bec Hardy Wines portfolio. Bec has a modern twist on 170 years of winemaking heritage

Our People

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Bec Hardy

Joint Managing Director & Viticulturist

Bec Hardy is a 6th generation member of the Hardy family with a degree in Viticultural Science. After working in the UK and Australian wine markets, she has gained extensive national and international experience in wine production, marketing and exporting. In 2010, Bec returned to the family business from Sydney to manage Wines by Geoff Hardy’s portfolio of wine brands across the company’s domestic and international markets.

After establishing Bec Hardy Wines in 2015 and acquiring the Pertaringa wine brand from her father’s business in 2020, she is now making her own way in the Australian wine world as the Hardy’s family’s first female vineyard owner and producer.

In October 2020, Bec was elected to the board of Nature Foundation, the largest conservation landowner in South Australia (and the third largest in Australia). Nature Foundation was established in 1981 by four Adelaide business personalities, including Bec’s grandmother Dr Barbara Hardy AO. Bec has been involved in the foundation for years and has always shared her grandmother’s passion for sustainable nature conservation and protecting South Australian landscapes, flora and fauna.

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Richard Dolan

Joint Managing Director

Before joining the wine industry in 2011, Richard worked for 20 years in financial services across two continents where he gained experience in finance, operations, sales and branding.

After taking on the role of CEO at Wines by Geoff Hardy, he played an essential part in the company’s substantial growth and expansion into new domestic and international markets.

During his time at Wines by Geoff Hardy he led the team to win the Optus My Business National Exporter of the Year 2017 and Winestate Magazine Wine Company of the Year 2012 and 2014 and Top 5 in 2014, 2018 and 2019. In 2019, he joined his wife as Managing Director of Bec Hardy Wines.

Hardy History

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Bec’s family has been tending vineyards in the premium maritime region of McLaren Vale since the early 1850s when her great-great-great grandfather, Thomas Hardy, arrived from the UK. Thomas was the region’s first settler 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. 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, including for her father’s company Wines by Geoff Hardy.

In 2015, Bec decided to make her own way in the Australian wine word and founded Bec Hardy Wines. In 2020, she acquired the Pertaringa wine brand from Wines by Geoff Hardy, becoming the first woman in the family to own vineyards and produce her own wine.

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