Taylors Wines

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Taylors Wines
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The original St Andrews vineyard
Location89A Winery Road Auburn
, South Australia, Australia
Wine regionClare Valley
Other labelsPromised Land, Taylors Estate, Eighty Acres, Taylors Winemakers Project, Jaraman, St Andrews, Wakefield.
First vintage1973
Known forTaylors Estate Range
VarietalsCabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Tempranillo, Pinot noir, Cabernet Shiraz, Vermentino, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon Sauvignon blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris, Muscat (grape and wine)
TastingOpen to the public

Taylors Wines is family owned winery established in 1969 and which is located in the Clare Valley of South Australia. Taylors is one of the founding members of the Australia's First Families of Wine.[1][2]

Taylors’ first wine was the 1973 Taylors Cabernet Sauvignon which was awarded a gold medal at every Australian national wine show it was entered,[3] since then Taylors Wines has grown to become the largest holding in the Clare Valley.[1] Due to trademark restrictions Taylors Wines trades as Wakefield Wines in the majority of the Northern Hemisphere.


The original 178-hectare vineyard was founded in 1969 by Bill Taylor (Snr) and his sons Bill and John and is still run by the family today.[4] The original vineyard is located by the Wakefield River in the Clare Valley, South Australia.[citation needed]


The three Seahorse logo of Taylors and Wakefield wines came through a discovery in the vineyard. While excavating the vineyard dam the family found fossilised remains of little Seahorses, signifying the area had once been part of an inland sea[5] Today the three seahorses represent the three generations of Taylors winemakers.[6]

Clare Valley[edit]

The Clare Valley is "Situated in the northern Mt Lofty Ranges. South Australia's Clare Valley was settled in the late 1830s, with the first vineyards planted and wines produced in the early 1840s"[7][8] The region is home to a large number of vineyards and grows a wide variety of grape varieties though it is renowned for its Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.[9] South Australia has the most wine activity of all the states in Australia.[10]


Taylors Vineyard in The Clare Valley

The Taylor family vineyard is located in the Clare Valley, more specifically in the sub-region of Auburn and stretches to the Watervale border. "It is 350 meters above sea level and the climate is often described as Mediterranean due to the cool maritime breezes originating from the Gulf of St Vincent – situated only 60 kilometres to the West."[11]


Taylors Wines has six different ranges all of which have different wine varietals and blends.[citation needed]


Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Merlot, Pinot noir, Cabernet Merlot, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Vermentino and Pinot gris.[12][13]

Australia's First Families of Wine[edit]

"Launched in 2009 Australia's First Families of Wine (AFFW) is an initiative created by 12 family owned Australian wineries to educate consumers about Australian wine. Together the families represent 16 Australian regions across four states and more than 1200 years of winemaking experience."[14][15][16]


Taylors Wines has won multiple awards for their environmental initiatives and sustainability practices. In 2010 Taylors Wines won the Banksia Environmental Foundation Award for sustainability.[17][18] In the same year the company also won the Environmental and Energy Management Award in the NAB Agribusiness Awards and is the first company to release a range of 100% carbon neutral wines compliant to the international standard for Life Cycle Assessment (ISO14044).[19][20][21]

Other awards won by Taylors Wines due to their environmental practices include:

  • Winner of the Best Green Launch – 2010 The Drinks Business Magazine Green Awards[22]
  • Carter Holt Harvey Sustainability Award – Silver Medal – 2010 Australian Packaging Awards[23]


  • Taylors Wines has received multiple international awards for its wines. "To date the company has won more than 3300 medals including 44 Trophies, 327 Gold and 819 Silver Medals"[24]
  • The vineyard was also given the highest rating of five red stars by James Halliday in the 2012 Wine Companion[1]

Community Initiatives[edit]

St Andrews Hospital[edit]

Taylors Wines has been associated with the St Andrews Hospital in South Australia since 1990.[citation needed]

Art Gallery of New South Wales[edit]

Taylors Wines has been a sponsor of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Society of NSW for over 15 years.[when?] The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading museum of art in New South Wales and is one of Australia's foremost Cultural Institutions[25]

The Wallabies – Australia's National Rugby Union Team[edit]

Taylors Wines are the official wine behind Australia's national rugby union team, the Wallabies, and the exclusive wine partner of the Rugby Union Players' Association (RUPA).[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Halliday, James (2012) Australian Wine Companion. Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 9781742700342.
  2. ^ Lofts, Graeme (2010) Heart & Soul, Australia's First Families of Wine. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd. ISBN 9781742469249.
  3. ^ Sodomka, Dennis (21 December 2011). "Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia". Augusta: Chronicle.augusta.com. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  4. ^ Holden, K (2011). "Taylors" (PDF). Drinkstrade.com. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Wine: it's a technical business, says Taylors Wines' MD, Mitchell Taylor". Istart.com.au. 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Taylors". Aussiewines.com.au. 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  7. ^ Wine Australia. "Wine Regions: Clare Valley" Archived 25 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine, [Wine Australia]. 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  8. ^ Halliday, James (2011)The Australian Wine Encyclopedia. Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 9781740667746.
  9. ^ Auinfo. "Clare Valley South Australia", [Auinfo]. 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  10. ^ Travelwire Asia. "South Australia’s finest family wineries", [Travelwire Asia]. 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  11. ^ International Riesling Foundation. "Taylors Wines", [International Riesling Foundation]. 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  12. ^ Wine Companion. "Wine List for Taylors", [James Halliday Australian Wine Companion], 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  13. ^ Taylors. "Wine Collection", [Taylors Wines], 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  14. ^ Australia's First Families of Wine. "Welcome to Our Family", [Australia's First Families of Wine]. 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  15. ^ Daily Wine News. "The Heart & Soul of Australian wine to launch in Sydney on Monday 31 August", [Daily Wine News], 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  16. ^ Freed, Jamie. "First Families forge pact to promote wine", [WA Today], 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  17. ^ Banksia Environmental Foundation. "2010 Winners and Finalists", [Banksia Environmental Foundation]. 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  18. ^ Hospitality. "Green winery praised for leading the way on sustainability", [Hospitality]. 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  19. ^ Jeffries. "Taylors Footprint in The Right Direction", [Jeffries]. 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  20. ^ Murnieks, Cassandra. "Winery Takes a Stance", [The Australian], 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  21. ^ Food Magazine. "Taylors wine first with 100% carbon neutral rating", [Food Magazine], 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  22. ^ The Drinks Business. "The Drinks Business Green Awards 2010" [The Drinks Business]. 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  23. ^ Carter Holt. "Carter Holt Harvey Sustainability Award", [Carter Holt Harvey]. 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  24. ^ Taylors. "News and Awards", [Taylors Wines]. 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  25. ^ Art Gallery New South Wales. "Art Gallery Society sponsors", [Art Gallery New South Wales]. ND. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  26. ^ Taylors Wines Australian Rugby Union Sponsorship. [1], [The Wallabies]. ND. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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