One of the most respected names in Australian winemaking. Henry John Lindeman, son of a doctor, who himself qualified at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, arrived in Australia in 1840. His first vineyard was on the Paterson River, a tributary of the famous Hunter River, which he called Cawarra. He extended his properties, buying a vineyard at Corowa in 1872 and, subsequently, vineyards called Felton and Southern Cross. He was a lifelong advocate ofwinedrinking as an asset to health – and a deterrent to the abuse of spirits. The Lindeman family continued to expand, buying the properties called Porphyry and Sunshine at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1912, the old-established vineyard Ben Ean and that called Coolalta were purchased by a member of the family, which also acquired Kirkton through marriage – a Lindeman girl married the nephew of the great James Busby.
Lindemans became a public company in 1953 and bought Chateau Leonay (sic) and a winery at Coonawarra in 1965. Today the Lindeman concern produces a very wide range of wines, including fortified wines, sparkling wines of various sorts, including some made by the Champagne method, and red and white table wines, from a variety of different classic grapes. They often attain extremely high quality and the successive winemakers of the firm have contributed a great deal to the traditions of Australian wines.