William (Bill) Redman arrived in Coonawarra as a 14 year old in 1901. He obtained work in the cellar at John Riddoch’s winery. He remained there until 1908 learning his winemaking craft under the tutelage of Ewen McBain.
In 1908, Bill and his family purchased forty acres of vineyard in Coonawarra. He sold the 1908 vintage grapes to the Riddoch winery, to help pay for the block. Bill made his first wine in 1909, in very rudimentary conditions. He sold all the wine in bulk to other wine companies.
In 1937, Owen Redman joined his father in the family winemaking business. They continued to sell their wine to other wineries, however, the reputation of their wines continued to grow and demand for their wine was keen.
The 1952, vintage saw the Redman family release a small amount of their own wine under the Rouge Homme label. That first wine was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The Redman’s sold the Rouge Homme winery and label in July 1965. Bill Redman retired while Owen and his wife Edna, purchased a forty acre block containing sixteen acres of Shiraz, from Arthur Hoffman, who had been supplying grapes to Rouge Homme.
Owen and Edna started the Redman Wines label in 1966 with Redman Claret. From 1966 to 1976 their holding gradually increased from 40 to 90 acres. The only varieties grown were Shiraz and Cabernet sauvignon. Owen continued to make the wines until 1982 when his sons Bruce, a Roseworthy graduate, and Mal assumed the winemaking responsibilities. The Redman family continue to grow grapes and make wine in the traditions initiated by Bill Redman 100 years ago, and with the next generation in place this tradition and family success looks certain to continue for many years to come.
They continued to make just two dry red wines, Redman Claret (which was 100% Shiraz) and Redman Cabernet Sauvignon, until 1992 when the Cabernet Sauvignon merlot was introduced in limited quantities. Bruce and Winnie Redman’s son Daniel, the fourth generation of Redman to make wine in Coonawarra, joined the family business in 2008, exactly 100 years after his great grandfather made his first wine and Dan's younger brother Michael joined the business in 2015.
The Redman family continue to grow grapes and make wine in the traditions initiated by Bill Redman 100 years ago, and with the next generation in place this tradition and family success looks certain to continue for many years to come.