The story behind St Hugo is steeped in history: in the Barossa Valley in 1895, Louis Hugo Gramp was born to a family whose very name is rooted in Australian wine history.
Hugo’s grandfather, Johann Gramp, was one of the wine pioneers of the Barossa wine region, planting his first vines in 1847 and founding the wine business that would be later called G. Gramp & Sons by Hugo's father Gustav, and that Hugo would eventually lead.
In 1983, Hugo Gramp’s legacy was honoured with the release of the first wine named ‘St Hugo’. The addition of the title ‘St’ was inspired by the European tradition of naming vineyards after saints in order to bestow good fortune upon them. Crafted from the outstanding 1980 vintage, the first St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon was hailed for its power and elegance.
Today St Hugo wines are prized by wine collectors and connoisseurs all over the world for their depth, intensity and complexity. In 2016, a new milestone was marked with the opening of the St Hugo home in the Barossa Valley, celebrating Hugo’s lifelong connection to the region.
Visitors can experience the enterprising spirit of Hugo Gramp in this beautifully restored ironstone building, featuring an underground tasting room, fine-dining restaurant and a luxurious lounge.
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