Wine maker Bec Swincer

Bec Hardy appoints Bec Swincer at Pertaringa

February 5, 2021
By Melissa Parker

Bec Hardy Wines, custodians of McLaren Vale’s Pertaringa wine label has appointed Bec Swincer as its new winemaker.

With her over two decades of winemaking experience in Australia, France and the USA, Bec will be channelling her expertise into propelling the 40-year-old brand into a new decade.

Ms Swincer has honed her craft at leading wineries in Clare Valley, Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills, where she was winemaker at Petaluma and studied Oenology at the University of Adelaide and the University of California, Davis.

During her time in California, she worked as part of an all-female team at The Prisoner Wine Company which experimented with Napa Valley wines through creative blending of multiple varietals.

Bec Hardy Wines was established in 2015 when Bec Hardy, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Thomas Hardy, known as the ‘Father of South Australian wine’ took over the Pertaringa label from her father Geoff Hardy in 2020.

Bec Swincer is excited about the opportunity to make her mark with Pertaringa Wines and to be working again with a strong female team.

 “Having come from an all-female team and as a mother of daughters, it’s really exciting to be part of a brand that celebrates women pushing forward in the industry. As Pertaringa and Bec Hardy Wines enter a new era, it’s a huge opportunity for me to make my mark and play a part in something really special,” said Ms Swincer.

Bec Hardy says she knew as soon as she met Bec Swincer that she understood and shared the same future vision for Pertaringa and Bec Hardy Wines.

“We’re a small, family-owned business which gives us the freedom to forge our own future, and we’re so excited to have Bec on board as we put a modern twist on the heritage of Pertaringa, whilst also growing the Bec Hardy brand.  It’s great to be in a position to appoint a female winemaker who is at the top of her game, and we’ll use her expertise and fresh ideas to build on what we have achieved so far.”

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