Winemaker – Andrew Thomas
Given my family background, it was inevitable that I would work in wine. My early inspiration came from my father, Wayne Thomas who had a distinguished career making wine where I was raised in McLaren Vale.
During my formative winemaking years, despite being groomed for a possible winemaking career in South Australia, I developed a deep passion for finesse, and the more subtle and savoury structured wines of the Hunter Valley .
After graduating with a degree in Oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College, I began my winemaking journey at Tyrrell’s Vineyards. During 13 years guidance under the legendary Murray Tyrrell at Tyrrells Wines, I gained a great respect for, and understanding of the two signature varieties of the Hunter Valley – semillon and shiraz.
My thirst for more knowledge and winemaking experience was quenched with vintages in Sonoma, Tuscany, Piedmont and Provence; but the desire to make world class wines under my own label could no longer be denied, it was time to go out on my own.
Thomas Wines was established in 1997, with a clear and focused objective to specialise in single vineyard Hunter Valley semillon and shiraz. Over the years I have formed close and collaborative alliances with an impressive folio of local growers. These growers own and operate arguably some of the Hunter Valley’s most distinguished sites, producing world class, uniquely regional styles. Each wine is destined to showcase its unique vineyard signature and express a real sense of place.
Whilst I have always applied a no compromise, attention to detail approach to my winemaking, I truly believe that 90% of the quality lies in the vineyard. The key to great wine is ‘keeping it simple’ to preserve that potential quality from the vine through to the bottle.