From Suffolk, England to the Hunter Valley
English immigrant Edward Tyrrell arrived in Australia at the age of 19, eventually settling in the Hunter Valley in 1858. He purchased a beautiful property on the edge of the Brokenback Range, some distance from the prime vine growing areas of the Hunter at the time. Luckily for Edward, and for generations of wine lovers, the land he purchased turned out to be one of the finest grape growing spots in the Hunter! After his purchase he quickly set about building a small and simple home for himself. Amazingly this single roomed ironbark slab hut still stands today, a testament to the hard work and dedication of all who have worked to make the Hunter a world renowned region.
A fourteen-year-old winery CEO?!?
After building his hut Edward cleared the ground and planted a vineyard, making wine for the first time in 1864. This was a remarkable achievement in unforgiving country, but these feats were soon to be surpassed by Edward’s nephew, Dan Tyrrell. After his father passed in 1883, Dan took charge of the vineyards at just fourteen years of age. How did he handle this enormous responsibility? He handled it brilliantly, setting the foundation for Tyrrell’s to become of the famous names in Australian wine. He ran the vineyard up until he passed in 1959, just a few days before his ninetieth birthday. He passed the baton on to his nephew, Murray Tyrrell, who became another legendary name in Australian wine. But that’s a story for another day…