In 1853, Bill Hardy’s great-great-grandfather, Thomas Hardy, started crafting wines in South Australia. Throughout five generations, the Hardy family have maintained their passion, and today, Bill, along with several other members of the family, remains actively involved in this great Australian industry.
Eileen Hardy was an active influence in the Hardy Wine Company for about four decades, and was honoured with an OBE in 1977 for her outstanding contribution to the wine industry. In recognition of this great lady, each vintage the winemakers select some of the best wines to carry the 'Eileen Hardy' name.
When asked, Bill is still amazed by how far Australian wine has come, ‘It is humbling to see the growth in demand for Australian wine around the world, and an honour to have played a part in it. I am proud that our family name graces wines that are enjoyed right the way round the world. I am sure old Thomas would have had a satisfied chuckle about that too.’
Many of the top Hardys wines are made by Paul Lapsley, whom after spells working in Burgundy and in Australia alongside Philip Shaw at Rosemount, found his first full-time winemaker role at Houghton in 1987. In 2002, he joined BRL Hardy where today he is now Chief Winemaker.