A Short History of Printhie Wines
The farming property "Printhie" has existed for well over 100 years. The name Printhie is taken from a now extinct goanna-like lizard that was quite common in the local area.
In 1978, the Swift family became only the third owners of Printhie. Until the mid-1990s farm activity was dominated by cropping and grazing. Jim and Ruth Swift, the second generation of Swifts to manage "Printhie", diversified farm operations by planting the first 12 hectares of grapes on a gentle north facing slope. With the return of the third generation of Swifts, Ed and Dave, to Printhie in the early-2000s, further vineyards were planted, the Printhie wine brand was established and a winery was built on the property for the 2004 vintage. A winemaker was employed, a sales team assembled in Sydney and regional NSW and growers were contracted to supply wine grape varieties that were not grown on the Printhie property.
Now in 2010, brothers Ed and Dave manage much of Printhie's operations overseeing viticulture, contract growers, marketing, export and business management. Printhie has representation in most Australian states and territories, has export markets to USA, Denmark, China and west Africa. Drew Tuckwell has taken over the winemaking responsibilities. Printhie has become the second largest producer in Orange (but still small by national standards) and is a highly respected producer of Orange regional wines*. The future is looking bright.
“Printhie can fairly claim to be the premier winery in the Orange region – 5 stars”
– James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2009 & 2010 editions.
“If you think Printhie is rapidly becoming one of Australia's best small producers,
– Lester Jesberg, Winewise Magazine.