'Australia's First Families of Wine', the book.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of'Australia's First Families of Wine', a stunning book which celebrates Australia’s oldest and most respected family owned, multi-generational wineries, Brown Brothers, Campbells, d’Arenberg, Henschke, Howard Park, Jim Barry, McWilliams, Tahbilk, Taylors, Tyrrell’s, and Yalumba.

Released on the 1st of November,Australia’s First Families of Wineis written by respected writer and journalist Richard Allen, with captivating photography by Kim Baker. The book captures the rich history and stories behind Australia’s most iconic wine families and the vineyards and businesses they have built. 

The vivid, stunning photography of sprawling vineyards, cellars, wineries and photos from the family archives brings these stories together, and with a foreword by Australia’s leading wine commentator, James Halliday AM, this book is a ‘must have’ for any wine lover.

Chairman of the AFFW group, fifth generation winemaker Stephen Henschke, said

“It is now a decade since our families came together to help build the profile of premium Australian wine and tell the stories behind every bottle of wine we craft. This book encapsulates our families’ stories perfectly and the reader is taken behind the scenes and into our homes. It is a celebration of our 10-year anniversary with a nod to the next chapter of Australia’s First Families of Wine.”

Australia’s First Families of Wineis available through all good booksellers and at Jim Barry Wines’ Cellar Door. RRP: $69.99. 

About the Author

Richard Allen has been a writer for more than 30 years and has written on a wide variety of subjects for The Australian Financial Review, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. His previous books include Shimmering Spokes: One Australian's 16,000 Kilometre Odyssey, Recollections of a Remarkable Age, Australia’s Remarkable Trees, The Spirit of Golf and How It Applies to Life, Great Properties of Country Victoria: The Western District’s Golden Age and The Royal Melbourne Golf Club—125 Years.

About the Photographer

Kimbal Baker is a Melbourne-based freelance photographer with more than forty years’ experience in his field. His images have been published in numerous Australian and overseas journals and magazines. His images have also been acquired for the National Library of Australia Collection and a number have been issued by Australia Post as First Day Covers and a postage stamp series. His previous books include Australia’s Remarkable Trees, Great Properties of Country Victoria: The Western District’s Golden Age, More Great Properties of Country Victoria: The Western District’s Golden Age and Grand Melbourne Gardens.