Tintara was the third of the three substantial winery and vineyard enterprises in the early days of McLaren Vale. It was established by Dr Alexander Kelly, who purchased 280ha of land in 1861 and planted the first vines in 63. It grew rapidly indeed too rapidly, because it ran into financial difficulties and was acquired by Thomas Hardy in 76. He recovered his purchase price with wine sales over the following year. It has been and continues to be a brand owned by Hardys, albeit with a semi-autonomous existence; its wines all come from the best McLaren Vale vineyards owned by, or contracted to, Hardys, and the deliberately limited production ensures its wines are always good. Exports to the US, Canada, Europe and Pacific Islands.
Tintara is a winery of two worlds. A living treasure house of tradition on one hand, a testimony to new age winemaking on the other.
The winery is set in McLaren Vale, a town on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. Nestled
between the Gulf of St Vincent and the Mt Lofty Ranges. The result is distinctly Mediterranean.
Established in 1861, Tintara was a pioneer in taking McLaren wines to the world. Today
Tintara’s winemaking acknowledges the past and is inspired, producing wines of great regional character and individuality.