Hunter Valley Vigneron, Winemaker
After 20 years of learning the arts of growing grapes and making wine under the late Murray Tyrrell Andrew left Tyrrell’s in 1996 to start Margan Wines. Having evolved his winemaking style with frequent visits to France to work as flying winemaker, coupled with two science degrees, Andrew used the opportunity of all of his years of experience to apply his own unique hands on approach to the making of Margan Wines.
With his wife Lisa, Andrew created the brand Margan and has carefully evolved the winery into the leading winery in the Broke Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter Valley. Based on their vineyards that grow on the unique soil of the Fordwich Sill Andrew has a firm understanding of the style of wine he wants to produce under his brand and how that relates to the vineyards that he grows his grapes on.
Awarded in 2015 the Hunter Valley Viticulturist of the Year for the quality of his vineyards and the innovative viticultural techniques he employs, Andrew provides a strong connection between the quality of the fruit he grows and all of the Margan Wines. Since 2005 all of the wine sunder the Margan brand have been 100 % single vineyard wines. Never does he bring grapes in or blend different regions or vineyards.
Using his second degree in Environmental Health Andrew has overseen the emergence of Margan Wines Environmental Sustainability program that has evolved into Margan being the most accredited Environmentally Sustainable winery in the Hunter Valley with accreditation through both the Entwine and Freshcare programs. Andrew, as head of the Hunter Valley Wine Industry association, had a leading role in the vineyard areas fight against coal seam gas mining and inappropriate land use management.
With over 40 vintages under his belt Andrew has pioneered the introduction of the new varieties Barbera and Albarino into the Hunter Valley. He has also been at the forefront of producing the ground breaking “Field Blends” of Shiraz Mourvedre and Tempranillo Graciano Shiraz. All of which are grown on the Margan Fordwich Hill vineyards.