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The company, headquartered in Chullora in the Hunter Valley in the Australian state of New South Wales, was founded by Samuel McWilliam in 1877 when he planted his first vines at Corowa. Today, it is run by the sixth generation of the family. The vineyards with a total of almost 1,200 hectares are located on six sites in three Australian states. The son of the founder, John James McWilliam, planted the first vines in the Riverina area in 1913. He remarked on the fertility of the area, " If you drive a six-inch nail into this soil and irrigate, you'll have a crowbar in a year". Four years later he founded the Hanwood Estate winery. Wines were exported to the UK for the first time in 1935. Today, the vineyards cover 500 hectares, on which the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Muscat, Shiraz and Verdelho are cultivated. Specialities are fortified wines in the style of sherry and tawny (port), as well as dry and sweet vermouths. A large proportion of production is simple bulk wines. The Barwang Hilltops vineyard, bought in 1989, covers 100 hectares (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot)

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