McWilliam’s Wines concludes 143 years of family ownership: S6E4

With a rich history of 143 years, McWilliam’s is one of Australia’s best known family wine companies.

In this special podcast documentary, Drinks Adventures sits down with the McWilliam family to discuss the company’s July 2020 sale to Prcstnt Asset Management, following some well publicised financial struggles.

Using archive audio and additional interviews with Bruce Tyrrell, Stephen Henschke, Jeni Port and Max Allen, we tell the story of this iconic company and its contribution to Australian wine.

McWilliam’s Wines has operations encompassing a huge variety of different wine styles and wine regions stretching the entire breadth of the country.

You’ve previously met Scott McWilliam on this podcast back in Season Two when we discussed his unique beer/wine hybrid, the Chardonnay IPA.

Scott joins me again this episode, together with his relatives Stephen and Chris McWilliam. All three family members were still working in the business at the time of its recent sale.

Promo Trailer for McWilliam’s Documentary on Drinks Adventures

If you’ve been listening to this podcast from the very beginning, you’ll know that I’ve previously experimented with the documentary format, most notably with a really popular episode on the history-making feats of Stone & Wood Brewing Company.

That was nearly 18 months ago now, so I’ve sufficiently recovered to attempt another one.

Thanks to the McWilliam family for their candid conversation during what has been a pretty tumultuous time.

Max Allen on the drinks that shaped Australia: S6E2
Matthew Jukes on The Great Australian Red: S4E3
Jancis Robinson on the changing world of wine: S4E4

Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

3 thoughts

  1. hi James, Enjoyed the recent show on McWilliams Wines (S6E4).
    The very intimate and frank discussions with Scott McWilliam was good listening whilst I traveled the Riverina.
    Have you had a chance to catch up with Stuart Whitecross or Brad Woolner of Voyager Malt at the Whitton Malthouse? They along with local entrepreneurial group from the adjacent Southern Cotton Gin have recently opened Whitton Malthouse (WMH) to the public, and I reckon you won”t be disappointed at Drinks Adventures to stop by there!! ph 0269552592

    1. Thanks Robert! Glad you enjoyed the episode. I am aware of Voyager and the Whitton Malt House. It’s an exciting project and they are definitely in mind for an episode at some stage. Cheers James

      1. Just to clarify James, the investors at Sthn Cotton & WMH are also client’s of BioAg.
        As such, BioAg are interested in formulating more natural & efficient fertilisers that assist with carbon sequestration instead of chemically l-formulated fertilizer for the production of specialist malting barleys. Could be part of the success story? Look forward to your contact. Rob Gill 0427247844

Leave a Reply