Our family’s story
The world was slower paced when Patrick Auld migrated to Adelaide in 1842, but that didn’t stop him blazing a trail. After trading as a publican and a wine and spirits merchant, Patrick planted the first vines at the Auldana vineyard in Magill, just out of Adelaide.
By 1862 Auldana was one of the largest vineyards in the colony and it wasn’t long before Patrick opened an office in London, trading as the Australian Wine Company and becoming one of the first exporters of Australian wine. A legacy that spans six generations was well underway and the baton was passed, with Patrick’s son William Patrick Auld taking over operations on his father’s passing in 1886.
In 1910 William Patrick established wine merchants W. P Auld and Sons with his sons William George and Ernest Patrick, guaranteeing the longevity of the Auld name in Australian wine.
The modern-day Aulds have ensured the family remains as entrenched in the industry as ever, with another Patrick making a name for himself in New South Wales.
After beginning his career as an 18-year-old, Patrick became a fifth-generation Auld winemaker at Tulloch Wines, with his achievements seeing him anointed a ‘Living Legend’ by the Hunter Valley Wine Industry in 2012.
His brother John, driven by the same passion for wine as his brother and forebears, has spent 33 years in the industry, working at Saltram Wines Estates, the Yalumba Wine Company and now as a director of Jim Barry Wines.
John’s sons Jock and Sam Auld are determined to see their great-grandfather’s legend live on, adding their own touch to the family legacy while tipping their hats to generations past through Auld Family Wines.