Tyrrell’s Wines: Stories

The Tyrrell family has been producing outstanding wines in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales since 1858 and now shares the position of being the second oldest continuously owned and operated family winery in Australia. Handed down through four generations, the company is now managed by Bruce Tyrrell. Bruce Tyrrell graduated from the University of New England in 1973 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics. He has had a broad range of involvement in the wine industry and is currently a Director of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association and the Hunter Valley Research Foundation. In 2006, Bruce Tyrrell was recognized with an Order of Australia medal for his contribution to the Australian wine industry; improving grape quality, research, tourism and export opportunities. In 2009, he was named a Hunter Valley Living Legend at the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Awards. That same year, Tyrrell’s Wines was also named Australian Red Winery of the Year by Gary Walsh and Campbell Mattinson and Australian Winery of the Year by James Halliday in his 2010 Australian Wine Companion. In 2012, Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon and Vat 9 Shiraz were the inaugural winners of the Wines of Provenance award at the Hunter Valley Wine Show. Under Bruce Tyrrell’s management Tyrrell’s Wines will remain family owned and continue with the simple philosophy of striving to be one of Australia’s pre-eminent family owned wine companies, producing the highest quality wines possible at all levels. Bruce Tyrrell’s children Jane, John and Christopher all currently work in the business.