Palate and sea passages: wine tasting and conversation with the Captain of the Endeavour

For those with an appreciation of wine and tall ships, you can indulge both interests on Friday 26 June at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Captain John Dikkenberg of our HMB Endeavour replica will impart first-hand accounts of his voyages on this popular ship while our friends Angove Family Winemakers share samples of their delicious wines.

Photograph of the ship Ben Cruachan

The Ben Cruachan on which the Angove family sailed to Australia in 1886. Courtesy State Library of Victoria, H91.250/172.

Approaching 130 years of wine making heritage in Australia, the Angove family business is an example of a different kind of entrepreneurial endeavour that sailed from the United Kingdom to Australia.

Dr William Thomas Angove

Dr William Thomas Angove. Courtesy Angove Family Winemakers.

The winery has a rich history dating back to 1886 when Dr William Thomas Angove and his young family emigrated to South Australia from Cornwall, sailing on the Ben Cruachan. He established a medical practice at Tea Tree Gully in the foothills to the northeast of Adelaide and, along with other doctors at the time, including Dr Lindeman and Dr Penfold, began cultivating vines and making wine as a tonic for his patients.

By 1903 the Angove vineyards around Tea Tree Gully amounted to 100 acres, one of the largest in South Australia. The business flourished from there, continuing to expand throughout the twentieth century.

Today, Angove remains one of Australia’s oldest family owned and operated wine companies, running a Cellar Door from the family’s vineyard in McLaren Vale. You can read more the family’s fascinating history on the Angove website.

– Gail De Raadt

Join us for this special evening of wine and conversation on Friday on 26 June at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Book online.