History of Margan Wines

Magnificent Hunter Valley SunsetMy family first planted grapevines in the Hunter Valley in the 1960’s when my father Frank, established the DeBeyers vineyard in Pokolbin. From my earliest days I wanted to grow grapes and be a winemaker.

Twenty vintages working under the late, great Murray Tyrrell provided me with plenty of experience to allow me to leave Tyrrells and with my wife Lisa, start our own brand.  In 2012 I just celebrated my 40th Vintage – first vintage was in 1976 and for many years I did two vintages per year.  France for six vintages, Moldova for one vintage, also Hungary and New Zealand.

Lisa & I completed the construction of our winery here in the sub-region of Broke Fordwich in time for the 1997 vintage, with only 3,000 cases produced from our first vintage. 

Since 1997 we have grown our vineyard area to over 320 acres of vines. The majority of these vineyards were planted by Lindemans and Saxonvale in the late 60’s on the volcanic deposit known as the “Fordwich Sill”, here in Broke Fordwich. It is these unique old vines growing on this rare soil that provide Margan with its own distinctive style. We now have complete control over all of our viticulture and all of our Margan wines are single vineyard, estate grown wines.

We now produce around 35,000 cases of wine per vintage with distribution in all states of Australia and 16 export markets.

Our beautiful rammed earth Tasting Room and Restaurant at the winery in Broke (opened in 2007) allows visitors to enjoy the complete quality food and wine experience. Lisa and her team are doing a great job with Margan Restaurant, winning lots of awards and  being recommended in many food guide publications for its food, wine list, ambience and service. Members of our Barrel Room Club can also book in for private tastings, vineyard and winery tours and special food and wine events in the restaurant.

Margan Restaurant has now entered the ‘Hall of Fame’ in both the Hunter Valley and NSW Tourism Awards after having won Best Restaurant for the last 3 consecutive years.

Andrew Margan, Winemaker