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Vineyard win 2008 Family Business Awards

At a prestigious luncheon this week Family Business Australia (South Australian Chapter) announced McLaren Vale grapegrower and winemaker Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards as the winner of the 4th Generation & Beyond Category of their 2008 Family Business Awards.

The FBA Awards recognize family business best practice, as well as celebrating the business achievements and contributions to our way of life, economy and culture.

As a family owned and run business for 6 generations, Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards was deemed an excellent candidate of the 2008 Award.

As 5th Generation vigneron Don Oliver says “We are a family business built upon a strong farming heritage based in McLaren Vale. We have passion and quality focus in everything we do, whilst respecting family, history, tradition and authenticity.”

Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards began in 1841, when William & Elizabeth Oliver settled the ‘Taranga’ property after emigrating from Scotland. The Adelaide Chronicle noted in July 10, 1875 that “William, one of the oldest settlers in the district, has been a successful winegrower. Although Oliver’s farm operations are on a large scale, it is evident from the quality of his wine that he has not neglected his vineyard and cellar.”

The next generations of the Oliver family continued to farm the same 100 Ha of McLaren Vale land, while contributing in many ways to the local community, becoming councillors and intimately involved in various regional sporting clubs.

6th generation Brioni Oliver noted, “We are very proud to win this award, recognising our family and staff for their commitment to our long term business goals, thus ensuring a strong base for a sustainable and profitable business into the next generation.”

“Having just renovated a cottage built in the 1850’s by the first generation of our family into our cellar door, we have an even stronger respect for the generations that came before us”, 6th generation Corrina Rayment adds, “It was their foresight that enabled us to settle such an amazing patch of land, which now produces some very high quality wines under our wine label.”

Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards will now go on to represent South Australia at the National Family Business Awards held in Cairns in August 2008.

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