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The company is headquartered in Chullora im Hunter Valley in the Australian New South Wales was founded by Samuel McWilliam in 1877 when he planted his first vines at Corowa. Today, it is run in the sixth generation of families. The vineyards with a total of almost 1,200 hectares are located in six locations in three Australian federal states. The son of the founder John James McWilliam planted in 1913 in the area Riverina the first vines. He commented on the fertility of the area: "If you hammer and irrigate a six-inch nail into this soil, you will have a crowbar in one year ". Four years later he founded the winery Hanwood Estate . For the first time, wines were exported to Britain 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 sparkling wines like one sherry and Tawny (Port), as well as dry and sweet wormwood. A large proportion of production is simple mass wines. Barwang Hilltops Winery, acquired in 1989, covers 100 hectares (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot).

The top operation is that in 1941 by the legendary winemaker Maurice O'Shea (1897-1956) acquired Mount Pleasant in the Upper Hunter Valley with 130 acres (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Semillon, Shiraz, Verdelho). The former owner remained cellar master until his untimely death. Incidentally, in 1990 McWilliams founded the Maurice O'Shea Award for Outstanding Achievement in Australian Viticulture in his honor. On Mount Pleasant, the long-lived premium wines "Elizabeth" (bottled after 5 years) and "Lovedale" from Sémillon are vinified, which are among the best white wines of Australia.In large areas of the three wineries mentioned an artificial irrigation respectively. The company has been owned by the wineries 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 acres (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Noir). The company is the exclusive Australian importer among other brands Taittinger (Champagne), Henkell (Sparkling wine), Mateus (Rosé) and holsten (beer).

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