The Swift Family
Printhie is owned and operated by the Swift family, consisting of Jim and Ruth and sons Ed and Dave. It was the inspiration of Jim and Ruth in 1996 to enter the wine industry with the planting of 12Ha of grapevines. The most suitable site was selected from the 500Ha property and managed by Jim and Ruth until the return of Ed and Dave in the early-2000s. At this time the vineyard area was expanded to 33Ha and a winery was built for the 2004 vintage changing the dynamic of the business from grape growing to wine production.
These days Ed and Dave manage the day-to-day business operations under the watchful eyes of Jim and Ruth who have now taken up the role of Special Project Managers. A role that involves lots of travel, lots of dining out and lots of benchmarking.
Prior to making his way back to Printhie Ed practiced as an Industrial Engineer in Sydney and Brisbane. Subsequently his love of moving parts is obvious to all those who work at Printhie. Although having no formal viticultural or winemaking qualifications Ed’s interest and proactive nature saw him become President of the regional grape growers association just 5 years after returning to Orange, a role he held for two years. Ed was also involved in the Winemakers Federation of Australia Future Leaders Program.
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Like elder brother Ed, Dave began a career outside the business working as a graphic designer in Sydney. Having always had a desire to return to a farming background the move back to Orange was a welcome one bringing with him skills that would prove invaluable. Beyond his role as branding and marketing manager Dave is also responsible for the Printhie vineyards. Whilst having no formal viticultural qualification Dave was born in Orange and has 30 years of experience playing around in the soil at ‘Printhie’, admittedly as only a 31 year old it did start with making mud pies, though as he regularly comments “I know a lot about our soil, our vines and our grapes and very little about anybody else’s.”
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