The winter months are about giving the vines a much needed rest after vintage, and after having a huge 2016 in both quality and quantity we too agree the vines have earnt a much needed rest! To help the vines remain as healthy as possible John Hugo has been out in the tractor ‘deep ripping’ in between the rows of vines which opens up the soil allowing the winter rains to soak deep into the soil and to the roots of the vines, this is particularly important in a number of our older vines where the roots go extremely deep (up to 10 meters)! Additionally on top of the soil we have been getting the vines ready with a little trim as they have all now been hand pruned.


We are pleased to announce our son Will Hugo has decided to return to the family business in a full time capacity! Will has always been a part of Hugo Wines being brought up on the property, and having worked in many aspects of the business. Will completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Corporate Finance) at the University of Adelaide, has worked for Prescott Securities in financial advising and most recently with NAB Bank (Agribusiness) before returning to Hugo Wines. We are delighted to have Will back and continuing of tradition marking five generations of farming on the same land and three generations of growing grapes on the property!

After 12 Months of planning we have started the picnic area extension to the cellar door! The extension to cellar door will provide a five hundred square meter lawn picnic area which will allow our lovely customers (you!) the ability step off the cellar door patio to the picnic area to enjoy a glass of Hugo’s while looking over the vineyard which the wine came from! While we are still in the early stages of the project we are hoping to have the area completed by October ready for spring… Stay Tuned!


Last week John, Liz & Will Hugo along with winemaking team Brian Light and Renea Hirsch went over both the white and reds of the 2016 vintage… and couldn’t be happier! While harvesting, we were aware of the brilliant colour and quality of the grapes, it is now definitely promising to be stellar vintage. The newly released 2016 Rose has already received a Silver Medal at the 2016 Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show, Class 8. Rose.


Hugo Wines has been fortunate enough to exhibit 14 Artists work who are all finalists in the Fleurieu Food + Art Prize. The art will be on display until the end of July. The program celebrates the art, food and wine of the Fleurieu Peninsula region. From 1st August we will also be exhibiting Sophie Dunlop’s art for the SALA Festival. Sophie’s exhibition ‘Temptation’ is a celebration of the rich produce and landscape of McLaren Vale. We recommend you pop in and see both exhibitions for yourself!