Hardy created the Stonehaven brand to encompass its 2,000 acres of vineyards in the Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbulli (formerly known as Koppamurra) and Elgin Valley regions of South Australia. Except for Coonawarra, which has the reputation of producing Australia's best Cabernets, the rest of the Limestone Coast has been developed extensively only in the past 10 to 15 years. Lindemans' Padthaway Chardonnay has been perhaps the most visible success.
Winemaker Tom Newton, whose responsibilities at Hardy have included the highly regarded Eileen Hardy Chardonnay, heads up the new Stonehaven winery at Padthaway, which released its first products in Australia this year.
Stonehaven's wines include Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, which carry specific regional appellations and are made to sell in the United States for $25 to $40. The same varietals with the broader Limestone Coast appellation will sell for $13 to $15, and Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay and blends carrying the even broader South Australia appellation will sell for $7 to $8.
In an unusual twist, Hardy chose to market Stonehaven wines in North America and the Caribbean through Banfi Vintners rather than its own U.S.-based import division. Banfi, which imports Riunite and its own Tuscan wines from Italy, also imports Concha y Toro and Walnut Crest wines from Chile.
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