Our Story

1860


The original estate was purchased by John Hugo’s maternal great grandfather, George Sauerbier (1860-1936)

EARLY 1900’s


The family first farmed the land in the early 1900’s. Previously the land was home to a Southdown sheep stud plus dairy cattle. Almonds, tomatoes and grapes to make wine for personal consumption, were also made on the property

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1951


John’s parents, Colin and Gwendoline Hugo (nee Sauerbier) made a home on the property where the original dry grown Grenache bush vines that are still used today, were planted by them, in 1951

1968


John from an early age worked with his father Colin in the vineyard and in 1968 he made the Hugo Vineyard his Career.

1979


John learnt to produce wine under the guidance of well known winemaker Wayne Thomas.

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1982


John opened the cellar door in 1982 with the first wines being Shiraz and Port produced from the Hugo estate grown fruit.

1986


Brian Light – joined the Hugo Wines team as head winemaker.

1989 & 1991


Matt & Will Hugo were born and raised on the family vineyards.

1998


John & Liz Hugo purchased the adjoining land and expanded the vineyard significantly

1998


An architecturally designed cellar door was built on the family estate.

2007


The 2005 Shiraz won the trophy for ‘best shiraz’ at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show.

2011


The 2008 Shiraz won the trophy for the “best Value Dry Red Table Wine of Competition” at the 2011 Sydney International Wine Competition

2016


Renae Hirsch joined the Hugo Wines winemaking team.

2018


The Hugo Family still manage the vineyard and use 100% estate grown fruit from the 50 Acre Vineyard to produce incredibly consistent wines from their Estate.

2018


Hugo Wines has accumulated over 30 Gold Medals and 5 Trophies since 1982.

2018


Hugo Wines continues to be a family owned & operated McLaren Vale winery.