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1895 - A Barossa Legend Is Born

Born on 19 September 1895 in the Barossa Valley, Hugo Gramp lived and worked his entire life in this world-renowned wine region. Hugo’s grandfather, Johann Gramp, was one of the wine pioneers of this revered wine region, planting his first vines in 1847, and starting the wine business that would be later called G Gramp & Sons by Hugo's father Gustav, and that Hugo would one day lead.

Today, St Hugo wines are prized by wine collectors and connoisseurs the world over, and Hugo’s legacy is celebrated at the St Hugo cellar door in the Barossa.

1938 – Tragedy Strikes

On 25 October 1938, Hugo Gramp was flying from Adelaide to Melbourne with two other prominent wine industry members, Thomas Hardy and Sidney Hill Smith, when tragedy struck. The Kyeema plane they were travelling on encountered a heavy cloud on its approach to Essendon Airport and crashed into Mount Dandenong, instantly taking the lives of all 18 people on board.

An appreciation of fine wines and the secrets to making them ran through the veins of Hugo Gramp. He joined the family business at a young age and proved himself to be a worthy prodigy. At just 25 years of age, Hugo was appointed Managing Director of Gramp & Sons. From 1920 to 1938, he led the winery through a period of unparalleled growth, driven by his inspiring vision of success and his endless pursuit of excellence.

1983 to 2021 – Journey of a Wine Icon

In 1983, Hugo Gramp’s legacy was honoured with the release of the first wine named ‘St Hugo’. The addition of the title ‘St’ was inspired by the charming European tradition of naming vineyards after saints to bestow good fortune upon them. Crafted from the outstanding 1980 vintage, the first St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon was hailed for its power and elegance, much like the great man himself. Today, more than 30 vintages on, St Hugo continues to set the benchmark for excellence in Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, with every vintage released awarded gold.

Experience the Legacy of St Hugo

Discover the renowned St Hugo wines and immerse yourself in the rich history and tradition of the Barossa Valley. Visit The Reserve Cellar to explore our exquisite collection of St Hugo wines and experience the exceptional craftsmanship that has made St Hugo an icon in the world of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.

Raise a glass to Hugo Gramp's enduring legacy and indulge in the unparalleled quality of St Hugo wines.

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