Born and bred in McLaren Vale, Andrew Thomas believed he had it all figured out. He would graduate from Roseworthy and pursue a career in South Australia, following in the footsteps of his father, Wayne Thomas. And then fate stepped in. Between semesters, Thomas took on a vintage at Tyrrells. Here he met and worked under larger-than-life Murray Tyrrell and his experience in the Hunter would imprint on Thomas for life.
Thomas impressed the Tyrrell family enough for him to be offered the role of assistant winemaker at Tyrrells. The ensuing 13 years spent at Tyrrell’s instilled in Thomas a passion for place that remains to this day; the Hunter’s unique setting, its enigmatic signature white, Semillon, and the close-knit camaraderie between all who live and work there.
Thomas departed Tyrrells in 1999 to set up shop on Pokolbin’s Mistletoe Lane and to focus on his own venture; Thomas Wines. With a focus on the region's hero varietals; Semillon and Shiraz, Thomas regularly delivers highly acclaimed benchmark examples and is now recognised as a star of the Hunter Valley.