Our History

McGuigan Wines is proud to say we're one of the most awarded wineries in the world.

2010 - Today



McGuigan Wines’ outstanding IWSC success continues with our being crowned International Winemaker of the Year at the prestigious International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London for a record fourth time – a world first that sees our wines standing proudly alone on the world stage.

After accepting the IWSC Best Semillon Trophy for the McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2003 and IWSC Best Shiraz Trophy for the McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2007, McGuigan Wines was again adjudged the world’s best by our peers – a remarkable achievement for Chief Winemaker Neil McGuigan.


International Wine and Spirit Competition 2016 London

  • International Winemaker of the Year
  • Australian Producer of the Year
  •  International Semillon Trophy – McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2003
  • International Shiraz Trophy – McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2007


Highlights of 2015

McGuigan continues to grow from strength to strength:

  • The McGuigan Black Label range is now a clear stand out in the market, securing 3 of the top 6 positions as Australia’s best selling red wine by volume; #1 Black Label Red, #3 Black Label Cabernet Merlot and #6 Black Label Merlot.
  • McGuigan becomes fourth largest global wine brand in the UK market


Highlights of 2014

2014 was another fantastic year for the McGuigan brand with an amazing amount happening for the team. Below are just a few of the highlights:

  • McGuigan Black Label Red remained Australia’s # 1 selling red wine by volume, cementing its place as Australia’s favourite red wine.
  • Our flagship wine – McGuigan Philosophy – was launched to widespread acclaim. This super-premium Cabernet Shiraz blend from South Australia is the culmination of an 8 year project started by Chief Winemaker Neil McGuigan to produce a truly iconic Australian wine.
  • The popular McGuigan Bin Series got a makeover and is looking great!
  • Our Chief Winemaker Neil McGuigan was named 2015 President of one of the world’s most prestigious wine competitions, the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
  • McGuigan signs a long term partnership with Chinese juggernaut COFCO – a real game changer for the brand in one of the fastest growing wine markets in the world!



The Start of Something big…

McGuigan Wines continues to grow with the recent re-launch of the brand and a new marketing campaign ‘Come on in’ encouraging all walks of life to join the McGuigan Family. Alongside this, the launch of the Expressions and Founders Series ranges have seen the brand create new styles of red and white wine for a raft of new drinkers and have already received the below awards.


What we’ve collected so far…

  • Halliday’s 90 points – 2012 Expressions Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sydney Wine Show 91 points – 2012 Expressions Pinot Grigio



History in the Making!

We’re International Winemaker of the Year for the third time in four years, and the only winery in the world to have won this prestigious award three times. Amazing!

Naturally, we’re extremely proud of the whole team!

Neil McGuigan takes great delight in being recognised as the White Winemaker of the Year for the second time in four years – the hero wine was our Shortlist Eden Valley Riesling!


International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012 London

39 wines entered – 39 awarded.

  • International Winemaker of the Year
  • Australian Producer of the Year
  • International Semillon Trophy – Bin 9000 Semillon 2004
  • Gold ‘Best in Class’ – Bin 9000 Semillon 1997 / 2011; Farms Shiraz 2009; Shortlist Semillon 2007
  • Gold – Bin 9000 Semillon 2003 / 2005

International Wine Challenge 2012 London

  • White Winemaker of the Year
  • Eden Valley Riesling Trophy – Shortlist Eden Valley Riesling 2010
  • Gold – Shortlist Chardonnay 2010; Shortlist Riesling 2005 / 2007 / 2010; Bin 9000 Semillon 2004



Another Vintage Year

Another amazing year for McGuigan. We pick up International Winemaker of the Year and Australian Producer of the Year for the second time in three years. But we don’t let it go to our heads.


International Wine & Spirit Competition 2011

  • International Winemaker of the Year
  • Australian Producer of the Year
  • International Semillon Trophy – Bin 9000 Semillon 2006
  • Gold ‘Best in Class’ – Bin 9000 Semillon 1997 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006



It’s Semillon but not as you know it

McGuigan Wines launches the innovative Semillon Blanc in the UK market.

Our chief winemaker Neil McGuigan was challenged as to what is the next big thing from Australia. Fast forward a few months and The Semillon Blanc was born. A revolutionary new wine style that is fresh, crisp and lively. It is packed full of delicious fruit flavours that linger nicely on the palate and are complemented with a zippy, citrus finish.

It’s a style of wine that you, the wine lover, have been demanding from Australia, and quickly goes through the roof in the UK more than doubling sales of Semillon in its first year!

1999 - 2009


Success on the World Stage Beckons

A landmark, breakthrough year for McGuigan Wines.

The family’s continuing dedication to creating great Australian wine sees us celebrate our very first major international awards. After taking home the title of White Winemaker of the Year we quickly ‘do the double’ by being award International Winemaker of the Year and Australian Producer of the Year. Our dedication to quality, consistency and innovation has borne fruit.


International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009 London

  • International Winemaker of the Year
  • Australian Producer of the Year
  • International Riesling Trophy – Shortlist Riesling 2003

International Wine Challenge 2009 London

  • White Winemaker of the Year

2007 - 2008

City Vineyard World Tour

McGuigan Wines brings a living, breathing real life vineyard to the heart of Sydney. The result was spectacular! This was followed up in Melbourne and later in London where over 100,000 million viewers worldwide saw real life vines transform bustling metro commuter areas into a tranquil Aussie Vineyard.

In 2012 the City Vineyard world tour takes root in Dublin.


McGuigan Wines Becomes 4th Largest Australian Winemaker

McGuigan Wines takes a major step partnering with Simeon Wines to become Australia’s fourth largest winemaker. Crucially the McGuigan family retains control of the business with Neil, Fay and Brian McGuigan all committed to driving McGuigan wines ongoing success.


Barossa Bound

The McGuigan name is now found in the Barossa Valley.

Drawing on over one hundred years of winemaking heritage in the Hunter Valley, McGuigan makes a second home in the world renowned Barossa Valley.

1880 - 1999

1992 - 1999

We have Lift Off

McGuigan Wines as we know it now is started by Brian McGuigan and wife Fay. Younger brother Neil McGuigan brings his winemaking talents to the winery. Sharing in a love of good wine, passion, dedication and an unwavering commitment to quality wine, the trio are the driving force behind McGuigan Wines.

Thanks to Brian McGuigan and wife Fay’s tenacious hard work, McGuigan Wines take on the world, breaking into over 20 different export markets. Shoe leather, boundless energy and quality wine help McGuigan become a pioneer of Australian wine exports.


Brian and Fay McGuigan Creating the Australian New Wave

The McGuigan name becomes synonymous with Australian wine’s new wave. Brian McGuigan brings a fresh approach to winemaking and running a winery. First managing a highly successful Hunter Valley Winery and then building his own major wine business with the help of wife Fay and younger brother Neil.

Working his winery’s cellar door in the early 70’s Brian McGuigan wasn’t the usual stand-offish winemaker. Keen to find out what wines and styles his customers enjoyed, Brian quickly becomes a champion of the wine consumer.

Later in life, Brian joins father Perc in being named a Hunter Valley Living Legend.


Perc McGuigan – Setting the Standard for Generations to Come

Perc McGuigan, a larger than life Hunter Valley figure, works his way up from tending vines to managing a major Hunter Valley winery where the cellar door was always open to new ideas and new friends.

At a time of great change in the Australian wine industry Perc was always at the forefront – passing his ideas down the family line to sons Neil and Brian.

In recognition of his role in shaping the Hunter’s wine success Perc was inducted as a Hunter Valley Living Legend.


Owen McGuigan, The Love of Wine Begins

Owen McGuigan, father of Perc, makes his home in the Hunter Valley. Working the vineyards to supplement his dairy farm income Owen always found time to invite friends over and share a glass or two. His pioneering spirit and hard work laid the foundations for the McGuigan family’s legacy.