After joining his family’s wine business Thomas Hardy & Sons in 1975, Geoff completed his diploma in wine production two years later in 1977.
In 1980, Geoff and fellow viticulturist Ian Leask purchased the promising Pertaringa vineyard in McLaren Vale. A few years later, Geoff found the perfect location for producing cool climate grapes in the Adelaide Hills. He planted the vineyard in 1987 and named it K1 since this unique site was the first commercial planting of vines in the Kuitpo region in the southern Adelaide Hills. Since then Geoff has been involved in the planting of more than 3,000 hectares of vines and has consulted to more than 200 different vineyards in Australia, France and Italy.
In 2004, Geoff launched the Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy and GMH ranges of wine, and then acquired the remaining share of Pertaringa in 2011. Together with K1 by Geoff Hardy, these brands now make up Wines by Geoff Hardy and continue the 160-year old family tradition of pushing the boundaries of Australian viticulture.
After completing her Viticultural Science degree at the University of Adelaide in 2003, Bec spent time working at K1 and Pertaringa as well as doing vintages at Maxwell Wines, Orlando Wyndham and Lion Nathan. In 2006, she moved to London to complete the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma, and work for Stratford's Wine Agencies to further her knowledge of the global wine industry.
In late 2009, Bec returned to the family business from Sydney where she had been managing the national sales for Pirie Tasmania by Dr Andrew Pirie, also the founder of Pipers Brook.
Today, Bec holds a post-graduate qualification in business from UniSA and maintains her interests in the vineyard operations while leading the sales team across the Wines by Geoff Hardy brands.
When Geoff Hardy met Richard Dolan he wasn't to know that he was meeting his future son-in-law and CEO of Wines by Geoff Hardy, but that is exactly how it turned out.
Before joining Wines by Geoff Hardy in 2011, Richard worked for 20 years in financial services, including five years as National Operations Manager at Elders Financial Planning. Since taking on the role of CEO at Wines by Geoff Hardy, he has played an essential part in the company’s substantial growth and expansion into new domestic and international markets. This includes significant profit growth and a 280% growth in total revenue, as well as establishing new markets in China, India and other south-east Asian and European countries.
A Yorkshireman by birth and an Australian by choice, Richard, who migrated to Australia as an international student in 2002, holds both an undergraduate degree in International Studies and a Master’s Degree in Business.
Shane Harris has been involved in the Wines by Geoff Hardy winemaking since 2006 and was appointed Senior Winemaker in 2009.
Before entering the wine industry, Shane was a chef by trade and still uses these skills to complement his winemaking philosophy and make food-friendly wines.
In 2012, Shane was named Australian Winemaker of the Year by Australia’s leading wine industry publication, Winestate Magazine. In 2012 and 2014, Wines by Geoff Hardy was also named Winestate Magazine’s Australian Wine Company of the Year, an award based on individual wine scores throughout the year. Shane also played an important role in earning the company’s five red star rating in James Halliday’s Wine Companion, a top rating only awarded to 10% of Australian wineries.
Shane relies on the vines to translate the unique message of the vineyard into something tangible and sees his role as "not losing the message between picking the grapes and opening the bottle".
Yuan completed her Masters Degree in Agricultural Business (Wine Business) at the University of Adelaide in 2012, and has previously completed a Bachelor of Information Management in China. She joined the company in 2013 and started heading up projects with a focus on market development in Asia, which is a particular interest of hers. With her experience and knowledge of international wine business, Yuan has provided excellent customer service to our importers and her involvement has also helped the company grow steadily in the export markets.
Pertaringa was established in 1980 by leading viticulturists Geoff Hardy and Ian Leask. Since then, the Pertaringa vineyards in the foothills behind McLaren Vale have continued to produce some of the region’s finest wines. In 2011, Geoff purchased the remaining share of the Pertaringa wine business from the Leask family and became the sole custodian of the brand.
The name Pertaringa means ‘belonging to the hills’ and originates from the local Kaurna indigenous language.
In 1986, Geoff Hardy found the ideal site for the production of outstanding cool climate grapes in the Adelaide Hills. The vineyard became known as the K1 by Geoff Hardy vineyard as this unique site was the first commercial planting of vines in the Kuitpo region.
Today, the K1 wines are considered to be some of Australia’s finest premium, single estate wines.
Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy was established by Geoff in 2004 and offers one of the broadest and most exciting ranges of alternative and emerging varieties in Australia.
The Hand Crafted wines are made from parcels of hand-selected, premium fruit sourced from sustainably managed vineyards around South Australia.
The GMH brand name reflects Geoff's initials and was originally made for the Canadian export market. Today, the wines are exported to several countries and also sold domestically.
The GMH wines might be expressions of a single vineyard or regional blends, and are all made from premium fruit from sustainably managed vineyards around South Australia.