A new chapter in South Australian winemaking

South Australia's wine landscape is about to welcome a new addition as savvy wine duo, Mike and Judy Press, announce the launch of their latest venture, Press & Co Wine.

On the market since May, Press & Co Wine will continue the tradition of delivering high-quality wines, with the debut of a pinot gris and pinot noir from the Adelaide Hills, as well as a grenache from McLaren Vale.

After selling Mike Press Wines six years ago to Bob and Yuko Harris, the Press’ have remained involved in the business, but say now is the time to create something new and fresh, while remaining true to their principles of producing great wines that offer fabulous value.

The return to a family-operated business model marks a significant moment for the Presses, who are thrilled to have the next generation join them in this venture. Mike’s sons Andrew and James, along with his wife Rachel, will be integral partners in the Press & Co Wine business, ensuring a continuation of the family legacy.

For Mike, this venture represents the culmination of a lifetime of winemaking experience. With a career that includes notable roles at Penfolds and Seppelt, Mike’s expertise has consistently garnered praise from critics and earned numerous awards. The success of his cleanskin wines in the early 2000s solidified his reputation as an innovator in the industry.

Reflecting on their journey, Judy recalls the early days of promoting their wines through grassroots efforts, which quickly led to widespread acclaim. “We were pounding the pavements, dropping flyers in people’s letterboxes, and before too long, our wines were selling out,” she reminisces.

Their cleanskin wines, despite their humble beginnings, achieved remarkable recognition, including being named Runner Up for the esteemed Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy. “It really put us on the map – we had to get labels, organise distributors – it was huge,” Judy adds.

As they venture into this new chapter, the Presses are focused on what they do best: crafting exceptional wines that offer unbeatable value.

“It’s about reconnecting with those people who know and love Mike’s wines, as well as introducing them to consumers discovering them for the first time,” Judy concludes.

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