The stories of the individuals and events that have shaped this industry in Australia.

Over three lavishly illustrated volumes Andrew Caillard MW, renowned in Australian and international wine circles for his work as a wine auctioneer, expert, and writer, tells the stories of the individuals and events that have shaped this industry in Australia.

Taking into account social and political history, The Australian Ark highlights the imagination, strength, and foresight of Australia’s fine wine pioneers as they built an industry that became a centre of influence and power over more than two centuries.

Also included in the work is a Canon of Australian Wine and the fascinating stories behind these labels is intertwined through the narrative. This is not a definitive list of the country’s most important wines and vineyards, but it reveals the overall pattern of development of fine Australian wine and will hopefully spark passionate debate long into the future.

Each beautifully produced set of The Australian Ark comprises 3 volumes of around 500 pages each and is presented in a beautiful presentation case. Each volume is lavishly illustrated and printed in full-colour, with book dimensions of 246 x 170 mm.

Finalists for Gourmand Awards – Best Wine Book in the World 2024

“A masterpiece” – Brian Croser AM, founder of Tapanappa and Petaluma Wines

“It is a triumph. It is remarkable, and it is beautiful” – James Halliday AM

“No-one has dared to write the entire story of wine in Australia until now. The effort here is truly encyclopaedic” – Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion

“A genuinely majestic, indeed monumental, achievement unparalleled in Australian wine scholarship.”– Kim Williams AM

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