“I see my role as the custodian of the vineyards and believe that if the vineyards are great and the winemaking is responsive, the wines will be outstanding.”
Where it began
Andrew Hardy is a highly respected Australian winemaker who has been part of South Australian winery, Petaluma since 2004.
Known for his elegant winemaking style and engaging manner, his vision is to craft wines of longevity and charm that are a true reflection of the beauty of Petaluma’s remarkable vineyards.
Andrew commenced his winemaking career at Petaluma in 1982 working with founder, Brian Croser, before going on to work vintages in Oregon and Bordeaux. He settled at Knappstein for almost a decade where he won the Warren Winiarski Trophy for Best Cabernet in the World and the Trophy for the Best Australian Red Wine for his Enterprise Cabernet Wine.
Petaluma is built upon the belief of planting the right varieties for individual vineyards in regions where the varietals excel. The yellow label has garnered significant acclaim for riesling from the Clare Valley, sparkling from the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, shiraz from Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills and cabernet from Coonawarra.
If Andrew was restricted to one word to describe his winemaking philosophy, it would be minimalist; his aim is for the fruit to do the talking. The style changes he has implemented over the past six years have been subtle, more ‘evolution, than revolution’. In the chardonnay there has been a decrease in new oak and malolactic fermentation with whole bunch pressing utilised to add complexity. The Coonawarra is very much focused on fruit from the Evan’s vineyard old vines and Hardy is intent on the wine displaying the true ‘terroir’ of Coonawarra’s famed red dirt. Hanlin Hill riesling ‘09 was awarded two trophies at the Hong Kong International Wine Competition for Best Riesling and Best New World Riesling.
Andrew was born in Adelaide. He is married to Georgina and has four children. He spends any spare time with his family, playing the occasional bad game of golf, water skiing on the South Coast when ribs allow and enjoying some old British motor cars.