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Andrew Thomas

Winemaker @ Thomas Wines

Given my family background, it was probably inevitable that I would end up working in wine. My early inspiration came from my father, Wayne Thomas who had a distinguished career making wine in McLaren Vale, where I was raised.

However, 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 during my formative winemaking years.

After graduating with a degree in Oenology at Roseworthy Agricultural College, I began my winemaking journey at Tyrrell’s Vineyards. During what ended up being 13 years with Tyrrells, under the guidance of the legendary Murray Tyrrell, 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 some world class wines under my own label could no longer be denied, and 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, who each 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, and the key to great wine is ‘keeping it simple’ to preserve that potential quality from the vine through to the bottle.

I’m very proud (and humbled) when I read quotes like this….

“Thomas Wines have won more trophies and awards than you could poke a stick at, as well as widespread critical acclaim over the last decade or so. Andrew (Thommo) Thomas was awarded the title of 2014 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year. Having also previously won the award in 2008, Thommo has once again been judged by his peers on his pursuit of excellence in winemaking and his contribution and dedication to the Hunter Valley wine industry at large.

His flagship wines Kiss shiraz and Braemore semillon sit at the top of an impressive range of wines, many of which have become modern benchmarks for the Hunter Valley.

It is a remarkable achievement for such a small producer and it’s Thommo’s continued attention to detail, and his hands on approach to every aspect of his winemaking that has earned him all these awards, and a reputation as one of the Hunter Valley’s leading winemakers.”

Back to me now….

At the end of the day, I just really love making wine….

Outside of wine, my favourite things are my three awesome sons, the mighty Sydney Swans, top-shelf rum, pineapple and Top Deck chocolate.

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