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Hardys Tintara

Hardys Tintara embodies the story of a passionate pioneer, Thomas Hardy, known as the father of the South Australian wine industry.

Today, a visit to this iconic winery is about so much more than just tasting wine. It’s an immersion in the rich heritage that continues to drive the philosophy behind this successful enterprise, 160 years later.

Discover the original winery and the intriguing combination of time-honoured winemaking techniques combined with the best of modern technology. Partake in a range of structured tastings and bespoke experiences at Hardys Tintara Cellar Door, enjoy the beautiful grounds, and spend time in the Fleurieu Arthouse, an exciting alchemy of creative talent, including a stunning exhibition space, working art studios, artisan retail shop and interactive workshop space.

During daylight saving months, revel in Clink at Tintara, a festive Fleurieu collaboration of drinks, food and music, open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, brought to you by Hardys Tintara and the McLaren Vale Hotel.

Experiences At The Winery

Hardys Hidden Secrets

Hardys Hidden Secrets

Hardys iconic tasting


Tasting in the Dark : A Sensory Experience

Tasting in the Dark : A Sensory Experience

A true sensory experience




In the heart of Mclaren Vale.

A landmark on the main street of McLaren Vale, Hardys Tintara became the heart and soul of the region in 1878, when Thomas Hardy transformed an old mill flour into what would quickly become South Australia’s largest wine business. Through his ingenuity and determination, the entire township of McLaren Vale began to prosper and evolve.

Throughout the 1900s, Hardys’ innovative winemakers were lauded for perfecting the cross-blending technique, combining grape varieties from different regions to create remarkable reds that are still enjoyed today. By 2003, Hardys Wines was the number one Australian wine brand, with two million glasses of Hardys Wines consumed every day throughout the world.

Today, the Hardys Tintara heritage lives on, taking visitors beyond the cellar door to experience a rare immersion of history, storytelling and bespoke experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. Explore the estate’s historic buildings, the original working winery and sprawling gardens, home to the legendary Moreton Bay Fig Tree, almost 150 years old and listed on the National Trust Register of Significant Trees.


McLaren Vale is famous for its intensely flavoured Shiraz as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Grenache. Nestled between rolling hills and a picturesque coastline approximately 35 km south of Adelaide, the region has a Mediterranean climate that is ideal for grape growing.

Wine Varieties

Shiraz, Tempranillo, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Chardonnay, Savagnin


Visit Us

202 Main Rd, McLaren Vale   5171

Time to visit

With our viewing platform over our state of the art winery and open top fermenters. Vintage between February and April is the best time to visit.

Getting here

Just a 45min drive from the CBD or airport down the southern expressway and straight into the main street of McLaren Vale

Opening times

Sun-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm (Open Public Holidays excluding Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.)




08 8329 4124



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