Although every vintage comes with its tales and challenges, 2021 was a particularly memorable one for Redman brothers Mal and Bruce Redman, who are celebrating 40 consecutive vintages working together in the family business.
With the wine and grapes tucked safely away in the winery, it’s now time to celebrate this special Coonawarra family milestone. It’s always been about family at Redman Wines, which Bill Redman started back in 1908, later passing the reins to his son Owen in 1954.
The Redman family is part of the fabric of Coonawarra – locals very much tied to winemaking in the region.
Bruce and Mal joined their father Owen in September 1981 to coincide with Owen’s last vintage. The two brothers would jointly take responsibility for Redman Wines’ winemaking.
Both born and bred in Coonawarra, Mal and Bruce have a special story – one full of mateship, persistence and good humour.
“We are privileged to be in a business with four generations and more than 110 years of history,” said Bruce Redman.
“Making wines with a consistent style and quality – regardless of the trends – has allowed us to build a loyal multigenerational clientele.
“Mal and I are incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved and equally excited to witness the passion of the next generation of Redmans for the business.”
Mal echoes these sentiments: “Working together has been an easy task, as ultimately, we have had the same goals in mind – to produce the best possible wines under the Redman family label”.
“We’ve been able to understand each other’s needs and work side by side in running the family business. Some say that we work almost by osmosis! We’re so familiar with our work routines that we often can go about what we’re doing without needing to say anything further.”
Much has changed at Redman and in the wine industry over the years, but the Redmans’ winemaking philosophy remains true to Bill and Owen’s original vision.
In the industry, the sheer number of wine brands has increased from approximately 300 wineries when Redman started to more than 4,000 today.
Both Mal and Bruce agree that it’s been important to maintain the Redman style and consistently produce red wines true to the original Redman vision.
That means wines that are medium-bodied, elegant and reflective of their Coonawarra home. The brothers introduced the flagship wine, The Redman, in 2008 to celebrate 100 years of the family growing grapes and making wine in the region.
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