The story of Taylors Wines luxury range of wines called St. Andrews actually starts long before the family established their Clare Valley estate in 1969.
In fact, the picturesque Clare Valley’s winemaking history spans more than 150 years, making it one of Australia’s oldest wine-producing regions. And from 1891 until 1934, the St Andrews vineyard at Auburn was one of the leading wine producers in the Clare Valley. The property was developed by two Scotsmen, John Christison (1849-1911) and David Alexander Lyall (1860-1956) and was named in honour of the patron saint of Scotland, St. Andrew. The last vintage produced by the two Scotsmen at St. Andrews was in 1932. The property was then sold to a local pastoralist who was more interested in livestock grazing and race-horses than wine production and unfortunately most of the vineyards were pulled out but fortunately, the historic winery building was retained.
The Taylor family recognised the potential of the adjacent St. Andrews property when they were first establishing their vineyards in the Clare Valley and wanted to make it a part of their estate. They were able to purchase the property in 1995 and became proud custodians of this unique piece of Australian wine history. They immediately set about the task of recreating history and began restoring the property to its original purpose, a vineyard to produce handcrafted wines that stand alongside other iconic Australian brands and proudly showcase their Clare Valley origins. The St Andrews vineyard now forms part of the overall Taylor family estate, which consists of 750 hectares in total with over 400 hectares under vine, planted in the finest terra rossa soils.
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