News & Events

Dec 7th 2016

Australia's First Families of Wine Announce New Committee Chairs

Two new committee chairs have been announced to take AFFW into its new phase, Bruce Tyrrell and Katherine Brown.

Oct 10th 2016

Unrivalled History - AFFW combine forces with New Zealand's Family of Twelve

In the spirit of collaboration the wine community is famous for, Australia’s First Families of Wine’s (AFFW) ‘Next Gens’ will be heading over the ditch in just over a week’s time, immersing themselves in New Zealand’s most famous family owned wine businesses.

Jun 9th 2016

A Legend In It's Own Right - Tyrrell's featured in Herald Sun

A Legend In It's Own Right - Tyrrell's Hunter Valley semillion earns Legend Title by the british "bible of wines" Decanter Magazine.

Nov 6th 2015

Australia's First Famillies of Wine featured on Drinks Trade

In 2009, 12 of Australia's leading family owned Australian wineries came together to form Australia's First Families of Wine (AFFW). Spanning 16 of Australia's infamous wine regions and four states, here, and in coming issues, drinks trade helps these families' stories to be heard, speaking of their heritage, history, the custodians of their lands and the future of these family businesses - the next generation.

Nov 2nd 2015

AFFW Next Generation Forms Board as featured on The Shout

The next generation of Australia’s First Families of Wine has formed the AFFW Next Gen Committee, announcing its first four board members.

Oct 14th 2015

Masters of Wine visit Barossa

The Institute of the Masters of Wine (IMW) were in the Barossa Valley as part of their Australian tour, sponsored by Australia's First Families of Wine (AFFW). The group visited premier wineries along the way and immersed themselves in some of the best wines Australia has to offer.

Oct 14th 2015

World Class Masters of Wine Take a Taste at Tahbilk

A cross section of the world’s premier wine fraternity, the Masters of Wine (MW), recently spent the morning at Tahbilk Winery as part of their Australian tour.

Oct 9th 2015

International Masters of Wine and Australian First Families of Wine

A group of 47 International Masters of Wine began an eight-day tour across the country yesterday, teaming with the Australian First Families of Wine group at a lunch on the deck of the whitewashed Star of Greece restaurant.

Oct 7th 2015

Global 'Wine Masters' Impressed with Hunter Drops

Despite fears of a looming grape glut, the Hunter Valley's wine sector is hoping for an export boost, with a group of international industry experts singing the region's praises.

Oct 1st 2015

AFFW Next Generation Forms Board as featured on the National Liquor News

The Australia's First Families of Wine Next Gen Committee chairman, Scott McWilliam of McWilliam's Wines, named Richard Burch of Burch Family Wines, Jessica Hill-Smith of Yalumba and Katherine Brown of Brown Brothers as the first members of the Next Gen board.

Oct 1st 2015

Australia’s First Families of Wine Sponsor International Masters of Wine Trip to Australia

A buzz amongst Australia’s wine royalty started stirring with news that the Institute of the Masters of Wine (IMW) were about to grace Australian shores...

Sep 9th 2015

Groups Grape Expectations

The next generation of Australia's 12 leading wineries take a tour of Western Australia to soak up what the region had to offer and experience a slice of WA hospitality.

Aug 27th 2015

Unlocked Perth 2015

AFFW are back with their Unlocked event in August, 2015. Join the families in a miraculous tasting of some of the greats!

Jun 10th 2015

Australia’s First Families of Wine Vintage Report 2015

Warm days, cool nights and a record early harvest led to an interesting vintage that resulted in great acidity levels from a vast majority of our family’s vineyards. From McLaren Vale in South Australia; the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and across to Margaret River in Western Australia; this vintage report includes updates from all 12 of our wineries, across 16 Australian wine regions and over 5000 hectares of vines. See below the 2015 Australia’s First Families Wine Vintage Report – enjoy!

May 19th 2015

Australia's First Families of Wine and Sara in the Pink - Buyer's Guide to Vintages May 16

David Lawrason from Wine Align provides a great review of some of Australia's First Families of Wine's best in anticipation of the AFFW Unlocked Tour de Force in the USA and Canada.

May 19th 2015

Australian Wine Tasting

The Vancouver Sun provide AFFW with a fantastic introduction to the Canadian market.

May 19th 2015

House Wine Set For A Special Night Exploring Australia's "First Families" Of Wine

Vancouver are ready and waiting for AFFW to arrive with their UNLOCKED Tour de Force...

May 19th 2015

Talkin 'Bout Their Generations!

In celebration of the great AFFW group touring US and Canada in May as part of Australian Wine Month, Tasting Panel ran a fantastic feature article on the group.

Mar 30th 2015

Australia's First Families of Wine to launch in USA May 2015

Winebusiness.com, a popular website for those involved in the wine industry released the following article about AFFW heading to USA in May 23/03/15

Mar 30th 2015

Easter at McWilliams

Stop into McWilliamsWines in Griffith over the Easter Break for some fun and well priced activities!
For more info head to: http://www.mcwilliams.com.au/

Mar 30th 2015

Hanwood Estate is pleased to release the new '1913' range

A great blog post by Danielle Browne from McWilliam's announcing the Hanwood Estate '1913' range. Read more about it here: http://www.mcwilliams.com.au/blog/hanwood-estate-is-pleased-to-release-the-new-1913-range/

Mar 23rd 2015

Australia’s First Families of Wine to launch in USA May 2015

Australia's First Families of Wine have officially released their tour dates for the USA! See you in May USA!

Mar 18th 2015

AFFW Tour de Force heading to USA and Canada in May 2015

Australia’s First Families of Wine are headed to the USA and Canada in May 2015, bringing a tour de force of quality Australian wine and unlocking the history and stories behind every bottle.

Mar 1st 2015

Robert Hill-Smith from Yalumba winery in South Australia’s Barossa Valley reveals his wine tips

Yalumba's Robert Hill-Smith as the incoming chairman of Australia’s First Families of Wine reveals his wine tips.

Feb 25th 2015

Tyrrell's Vintage 2015: updates from Bruce Tyrrell

With most of the Shiraz picked, Bruce Tyrrell shares some insight into what Vintage 2015 currently looks like at Tyrrell's Winery

Feb 25th 2015

Vintage Updates from Jim Barry Wines

Record early vintage has seen Jim Barry Wines pick Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Shiraz in February.

Jan 28th 2015

New Chairman for Australia’s First Families of Wine

Robert Hill-Smith from Yalumba is the new chairman for Australia’s First Families of Wine

Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) is proud to announce Robert Hill-Smith from Australia’s oldest wine company, Yalumba (1849), as their new chairman.

Jan 27th 2015

Australia's First Families of Wine Announce New Chairman

Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW), representing 12 of Australia’s leading family owned wine companies, is proud to announce Robert Hill-Smith from Australia’s oldest wine company, Yalumba (1849), as their new chairman. Robert assumes the chair from Mitchell Taylor and is the fourth chairman of the initiative.

Jan 27th 2015

Hill-Smith named chair of First Families

Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW), representing 12 of Australia’s leading family owned wine companies, has announced that Robert Hill-Smith from Australia’s oldest wine company, Yalumba (1849), as its new chairman. Robert assumes the chair from Mitchell Taylor and is the fourth chairman of the initiative.

Jan 23rd 2015

AFFW Announce New Chairman

Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) has announced Robert Hill-Smith from Australia’s oldest wine company, Yalumba (1849), as its new chairman.

Nov 18th 2014

AFFW Unlocked Video 2014

This video provides great insight into AFFW from the viewpoint of some of our well-respected family members; Robert Hill Smith, Chester Osborn, Justine Henschke and Tom Barry.

Sep 12th 2014

The Last Supper: Unlocked

Esteemed wine writer, Max Cruz critiques the AFFW Unlocked event.

Sep 7th 2014

Unlocked: Australia's First Families of Wine

Well respected food and wine journalist Rhys Gard from Inside Cuisine, provides insight into the AFFW Unlocked event in Melbourne and critiques some of the wines that were on show.

Sep 4th 2014

AFFW taking the fight to the frontline

Mitchell Taylor – Taylor’s Wines boss and chairman of Australia’s First Families of Wine – reflects on the way his company and coalition are not just waiting for wine’s second coming, they are out there drumming up their own business.

Aug 25th 2014

Young Winemakers

WHAT do the youngest generation of winemaking families drink at a weekend get together?

Aug 17th 2014

First Family ‘kids’ do it their way

This is what the future of Australian wine looks like:
Young, smart and fun. The youngest faces of Australia’s First Families of Wine collective have taken to the road to show off their wares in a NSW tour.

Jul 25th 2014

UNLOCKED is coming to Melbourne

UNLOCKED is coming to Melbourne - Tickets on sale now!

Jul 8th 2014

AFFW Vintage 2014 Wrap Up

Take a look at how Vintage 2014 looked for Australia's First Families of Wine thanks to Wine Business Monthly

Apr 30th 2014

Selector to host AFFW expo series!

Selector has put together an amazing opportunity for you to get up close and personal with a incredible array of our wines.

The first ever Selector 'Australia's First Families of Wine Expo' brings you our 12 iconic regions and over 1200 years of winegrowing and making experience, in a relaxed move at your own pace expo.

Jan 30th 2014

Richard Burch talks AFFW with the Intrepid Wino

Richard Burch one of our Next Genners from Burch Family Wines, joins the Intrepid Wino to talk about AFFW and some of the exciting initiatives the group is engaging in to get the message out to the world.

Dec 16th 2013

AFFW Summer/Christmas News!

The AFFW Summer & Christmas new has officially landed!

Nov 13th 2013

AFFW Spring News

The AFFW spring news update is here - have you subscribed to get it delivered to your inbox?
If not, take a look at what you missed!

Sep 26th 2013

Australia’s First Families of Wine celebrate Chinese launch and Savour success

Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) have returned from their latest international journey to tell their family stories, share their wines and reinforce the premium Australian wine message. Hosting seventeen events across seven days, representatives from the twelve families that make up the AFFW headed to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong before coming home to support the domestic market as a Platinum sponsor of Wine Australia’s Savour conference, held in Adelaide last week to wide acclaim.

Aug 19th 2013

AFFW Winter News

Have you subscribed to the AFFW newsletter? Well if not then you will have missed the winter news.

Jul 8th 2013

UNLOCKED 2013 - Relive the excitement and passion

Relive the excitement and passion that was Unlocked 2013!

Jun 6th 2013

UNLOCKED on Channel Nine

Jun 6th 2013

UNLOCKED on Channel Ten

Jun 5th 2013

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST FAMILIES OF WINE TAKE BRISBANE BY STORM

There was little doubt the Australian wine industry is in safe hands yesterday (June 3) as Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) held its maiden wine tasting masterclass in Brisbane to a sell-out crowd who paid $300 for the privilege of tasting some of this country’s finest museum wines.

Hosted by local media identity Rupert McCall, “UNLOCKED” featured the patriarchs of 12 of Australia’s most iconic family owned wineries with a combined 1,200 years of wine making heritage who literally “unlocked” their family cellars and presented the wines they considered the ‘keys’ to their success; some for five generations.

Apr 24th 2013

THE NEXT GENERATION OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST FAMILIES OF WINE – UNLEASHED ON MELBOURNE!

The room was set, the wine was chilled and the candle filled jars flickered away as the next generation (Next Genners) of Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) descended upon Melbourne last Friday night for the first ever Next Genner consumer event – UNLEASHED!

Apr 4th 2013

Unlocked 2013!

Riding high on the success of 2012 Unlocked masterclasses in Sydney, Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) is back on the road, bringing the wine event of the year to Brisbane.

Mar 18th 2013

AFFW NEXT GEN - 'UNLEASHED'

If you say no to stiff sit down wine tastings then this is the event for you…….

Jan 9th 2013

AFFW News - coming soon!!

The AFFW monthly news right to your inbox- Coming soon! Sign up now to ensure you don't miss out!

Nov 21st 2012

Australia’s First Families of Wine welcomes an exciting new chapter

An exciting change of the guard took place on Tuesday as Mitchell Taylor, the third generation from Taylors Wines in the Clare Valley, took the reins as Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) newly appointed chairman at their AGM in Sydney. Following on from inaugural Chairman, Alister Purbrick from Tahbilk, and Brown Brothers’ Ross Brown, this significant day in the group’s emerging history moves to further cement the AFFW as the country's leading premium wine group.

Nov 20th 2012

d'Arenberg on Landline - 100 Not Out!

Enjoy a brief insight into the incredible history of d'Arenberg.

Nov 16th 2012

Too much to tell!

Well it seems that summer is well on its way (everywhere except for in Melbourne where it is still a bit chilly) and that must mean that the festival season is upon us. Along with the sunny afternoons and long days comes the huge number of exciting events and dinners that our families are hosting and taking part in.

Oct 31st 2012

Chateau Chunder

A great snapshot of Australian wine history featuring a few of our very own first families.

Oct 2nd 2012

Spring is in the air!

Since our last report spring has officially landed! If you follow our Facebook page you will have seen plenty of pics of new growth on the vines and beautiful days.
Our families have welcomed the warmer weather but that doesn't mean they have slowed down! There is never a dull moment for the AFFW and the last few weeks have been testament to that. This month we bring to you a bottle full of awards, news and achievements.

Jul 13th 2012

Relive THE wine event of the year!!

It has landed - you can now relive THE wine event of the year 'Unlocked". In three minutes you can go on the journey through set up, Master class one, dinner, Master class two and of course all the laughter and learning that happened in between.

Jun 17th 2012

THE WINE EVENT OF THE YEAR DECLARED A ROARING SUCCESS

The ballroom room was set, the glasses polished, the wines opened and the speakers
readied on Monday 4th June, when a fortunate group of Sydney‟s wine lovers joined
Australia‟s First Families of Wine (AFFW) for the Australian wine event of the year
– UNLOCKED!

Apr 26th 2012

Chocolate and Wine – the key to good times

Vintage is moving along nicely for the wineries of Australia’s First Families of Wine, with some beautiful and interesting flavours starting to develop. We have seen some incredible images coming from Henschke this week.

Apr 12th 2012

Flurry of Chocolate & Fur

Easter was a big event for many of the Australia’s First Families of Wine not only within their own families but also on their estates. Several of the families hosted Easter festivities at their wineries, all of which were a huge success. Brown Brothers saw over 4000 people come through the gates for the Easter Food and Wine Festival. It was a tremendous day filled with wine, chocolate and lot of fun.

Dec 1st 2011

d'Arenberg Helps Raise Money for Adelaide's Homeless

Congratulations to The d'Arenberg Footbolts who played in Touch Wine recently helping to raise money for Adelaide's homeless.

Nov 23rd 2011

Rose Revolution takes Hold of Australia

Never before has Rose wine received so much attention in Australia, with 24 events held simultaneously around the country and over 40 wineries collaborating to spread the word. The Revolution message about dry styles of Rose reached 410,000 people on Twitter last month, with over 4300 tweets from 900 people joining in the online conversation.

Aug 17th 2011

The Next Genners of Australian Wine Come Together To Bring The AFFW Message To South Australia

Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) has furthered its successful launch in August 2009, with an inaugural Next Generation or ‘Next Genners’ trip to South Australia to visit its five South Australian members.

May 19th 2011

Aussie wine comes out tops at London International Wine Fair

Among the plaudits of this week’s LIWF, AFFW members scooped the awards with many nods, including gold for Howard Park’s Madbay Unwooded Chardonnay, 2009 and Yalumba’s Eden Valley Viognier, 2009 at the annual International Wine Challenge.