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Hugo Wines

HUGO WINES produces estate grown wines from their single vineyard, ideally situated in the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges a location offering wonderful advantages for winemaking. The 50 acre Hugo Vineyard is one of the most eastern in McLaren Vale region, at 175 metres above sea level. As a result, conditions are markedly cooler and ideal for premium grape production- and  hence the production of fine well balance elegant white and red wines. The Hugo family has utilized this wonderful advantage to ensure a high level of consistency vintage to vintage. John, Liz , Matt and will Hugo understand their vines, tending and harvesting the vineyard together. In John’s own words, “It becomes very noticeable in the end product the wine. The two most important factors are the gully winds which blow through off the Mount Lofty Ranges in summer, and the elevation which provides cooler conditions and additional rainfall.” Renae Hirsch overseas Hugo’s Winemaking and her philosophy of producing wines with minimal intervention, fruit purity and vineyard expression, align perfectly with Hugo Wines estate grown fruit.

Tell me your story – what got you involved in winemaking?

John Hugo from an early age worked with his father Colin in the vineyard and in 1968 he made the Hugo Vineyard his career. John learnt to produce wine under the guidance of well own winemaker Wayne Thomas. In 1986 Brian Light joined the Hugo Wines team as head winemaker. In 2016 Renae Hirsch joined the Hugo Wines winemaking team.

In our post-show visitor survey from 2017’s shows, McLaren Vale was identified as one of the visitor’s favourite wine regions.

What do you think makes McLaren Vale so special?  McLaren Vale has a wonderful family owned wineries who recommend each other to visitors which makes their visit personalized. Beautiful people, local produce, beaches and scenery.

What’s your favourite wine from your own range that you’d recommend our visitors trying at the Good Food & Wine Show?

The Grenache Shiraz I call it the Pizza Wine made from the Vines that Colin Hugo planted in 1951

Tell us 1 thing that makes your own wines so special?

The wines show the  attention to detail that every vine receives by the family in the vineyard. With the Grenache each bunch can be inspected 3-4 times before it is picked to ensure quality.

Tell me your story – what got you involved in winemaking?

John Hugo from an early age worked with his father Colin in the vineyard and in 1968 he made the Hugo Vineyard his career. John learnt to produce wine under the guidance of well own winemaker Wayne Thomas. In 1986 Brian Light joined the Hugo Wines team as head winemaker. In 2016 Renae Hirsch joined the Hugo Wines winemaking team.

In our post-show visitor survey from 2017’s shows, McLaren Vale was identified as one of the visitor’s favourite wine regions.

What do you think makes McLaren Vale so special?  McLaren Vale has a wonderful family owned wineries who recommend each other to visitors which makes their visit personalized. Beautiful people, local produce, beaches and scenery.

What’s your favourite wine from your own range that you’d recommend our visitors trying at the Good Food & Wine Show?

The Grenache Shiraz I call it the Pizza Wine made from the Vines that Colin Hugo planted in 1951

Tell us 1 thing that makes your own wines so special?

The wines show the  attention to detail that every vine receives by the family in the vineyard. With the Grenache each bunch can be inspected 3-4 times before it is picked to ensure quality.

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