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The Australian winery was founded by the 1840 immigrant English naval doctor. Henry John Lindeman (1811-1881) in 1843 Hunter Valley (New South Wales). He had five sons and five daughters. Lindemans had acquired knowledge of viticulture through visits to German and French wine regions. He planted near the Paterson River on 40 hectares Sémillon, which was then called Hunter River Riesling. He called the place Cawarra, which in the native language means "beside running water". Lindeman had the idealistic attitude to curb the then rampant drunkenness among immigrants by consuming wine instead of brandy and also propagated the great health value of the wine. A few years later, the first winery was built. The first exported wine was called "Cawarra Claret". The Lindemans wines caused a stir in the following years at events in London and Bordeaux. In 1879, John Lindeman joined three of his sons, who continued to operate after his death three years later. The winery was long owned by the family and was bought in 1971 by Philip Morris. From 1990 it belonged to Southcorp, the 2005 of the multi Foster's was acquired. In May 2011, this company stored all its wine activities in its own company listed on the stock exchange Treasury Wine Estates which now includes Lindeman's.

The company's sites are located in three states today. In 1912, the McDonald family bought the Ben Ean and Steven vineyards in Pokolbin, Upper Hunter Valley (New South Wales). Mid-1960s were in Coonawarra (South Australia) first acquired vineyards, today they cover over 200 acres. From the late 1960s were in Padthaway (South Australia) first vineyards purchased, which today have grown to 1,100 hectares. In 1973, a winery was built in Karadoc near the city of Mildura (Victoria), where today is the headquarters of the company. There are also grapes from contract winegrowers purchased. From the area Coonawarra come the red wines "Limestone Ridge" (80% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon), "Pyrus" (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc) and "St. George "(Lagenwein from CS). The most famous white wine is "Bin 65 Chardonnay" from Karadoc, which produces one million boxes a year. Others are Semillon from the Hunter Valley and Riesling from Padthaway. The winery in Corowa (New South Wales), founded in 1877, produces only fortified wines.

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