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Angove's Pty. Ltd.

William Angove, his wife Emma and their children emigrated from Cornwall to South Australia in 1886. Angove was a doctor and established a practice at Tea Tree Gully, in the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges east of Adelaide. From 1889 Angove rented (and subsequently purchased) some land at Tea Tree Gully and in 1891 purchased another property of 160 acres. He named this second property 'Tregrehan', after his wife's family house in Cornwall. Angove put the land at Tea Tree Gully and Tregrehan under vines in 1889 and 1892 respectively and leased cellars at the property of 'Brightlands' from his neighbour and friend Archdeacon George Farr.

Angove's grape varieties included Shiraz, Riesling and Gouais. His first significant vintage was 1894 and Professor Arthur Perkins, the colony's director of agriculture, judged two white wines from his 1895 vintage to be of a suitable standard for export. In 1896 Angove exhibited his wines in the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society Wine Show and won several 'Highly Commended' awards. In 1895 Angove was appointed to the council of the South Australian Vinegrowers' Association and he also held several posts on the Wine Committee of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia (RAHS). He also served as vice-president of the RAHS.

By 1897 the Tea Tree Gully vineyards were known as 'St Agnes', a name still used by Angove's today for their brandy and brandy liqueur. Cellars were built at St Agnes in 1905 and a distillery established there in 1908. In 1899, Angove's son Thomas Carlyon, known as Carl or Skipper because of his love of sailing, began studying agriculture at Roseworthy College. Once he graduated in 1902 Carl returned to work for his father, as did his younger brother Edward. By 1906, business was going well enough that Angove leased another vineyard, 'Highercombe', to expand his winemaking capacity. Carl and Edward were made partners in the business in May 1910 and the company became known as Angove & Sons. During 1910 and '11, Angove & Sons established a distillery at Renmark. In March 1912, Angove died in England aged 58 and Carl and Edward took over the business. Edward was killed in action on the Somme on 23 August 1918. The company was reorganised and became Angove's Ltd. in 1922.

Carl's son, Thomas William Carlyon Angove, joined the company after completing a degree in oenology at Adelaide University's Roseworthy campus in 1940. He became a director in February 1941 and in 1947 he took over as managing director. He was responsible for the expansion of the business, particularly in the Riverland with initiatives such as the planting of the Nanya Vineyard at Renmark. At the time it was the largest single vineyard in the southern hemisphere and it is still one of the largest in Australia. Tom was also responsible for the idea for and development of the 'bag-in-a-box' or cask method of packaging wine which was introduced in 1965.

The current Managing Director & Chairman of Angove's Ltd is Tom's son, John Carlyon, who joined the family business in 1972. John's daughter Victoria also works for the company which is still owned by the family. Its operations are still based in the Riverland where the Renmark distillery and winery has now developed into a facility capable of processing over 18,000 tonnes of grapes per vintage.

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