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The company is headquartered in Chullora Hunter Valley in the Australian The state of New South Wales was founded by Samuel McWilliam in 1877 when he planted his first vines near Corowa. Today it is run by the sixth generation of families. The vineyards with a total of almost 1,200 hectares are located at six locations in three Australian states. The son of the founder John James McWilliam planted in the area in 1913 Riverina the first vines. He noted about the fertility of the area: "If you hammer a six-inch nail into this soil and water it, you will have a crowbar in a year ." Four years later, he founded the Hanwood Estate winery. Wines were exported to Great Britain for the first time in 1935. Today the vineyards cover 500 hectares, on which the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Muscat, Shiraz and Verdelho are cultivated. Specialties are fortified wines in the manner of a sherry and Tawny (Port wine), as well as dry and sweet wormwoods. A large part of the production are simple bulk wines. The Barwang Hilltops winery bought in 1989 covers 100 hectares (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot).

The top company was that of the legendary Winemaker Maurice in 1941 O'Shea (1897-1956) acquired Mount Pleasant in the Upper Hunter Valley with 130 hectares (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sémillon, Shiraz, Verdelho). The previous owner remained cellar master until his early death. Incidentally, in 1990 McWilliams founded the Maurice O'Shea Award in his honor for outstanding achievements in Australian viticulture. On Mount Pleasant, the long-lasting premium wines "Elizabeth" (bottled after 5 years) and "Lovedale" from Sémillon are vinified, which are among the best white wines in Australia. In large areas of the three wineries mentioned, an artificial irrigation respectively. The wineries have also been part of the company since 1994 Brand's in the area Coonawarra (State of South Australia) with 300 acres (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz) and Lillydale Vineyards in the area Yarra Valley (State of Victoria) with 13 hectares (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Noir). The company is the exclusive Australian importer of brands, among others Taittinger (Champagne), Henkell (Sparkling wine), Mateus (Rosé) and Holsten (beer).

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