Our Story

In 2009, the Australian wine landscape was changed forever when 10 of Australia’s oldest family owned, multi-generational wine businesses came together to form Australia’s First Families of Wine.

And so the story continues, with the Next Generation of Australia’s First Families of Wine a vital connection to the future as they bring their own thinking and innovation, thoughts and ideas to the family table, underpinned by a rootstock of history, iconic provenance and exceptional quality.



“I am delighted to be the sixth Chair of this unique group and am looking forward to being at the helm as we head into our 10th anniversary in 2019.  I want to really focus on the core values of Australia’s First Families of Wine and what makes family wineries special.  To me, this means highlighting our authenticity.  We all live our family values, are backed by fascinating stories, we care for their environment because we are the custodians for the future and we take this role seriously. We all have iconic vineyards to tend and we produce premium wines showing a true sense of place. We are opening doors internationally for premium Australian wine by showcasing our best, promoting a training ground and network for the next generation as part of our family succession programs. We have always been friends as well as ‘family’ and the last decade has brought us even closer as we have experienced the fun of working as younger and older generations together.”

Stephen Henschke

6th chair of affw