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Nugan family history

Nugan Estate is a top 20 wine producer and the 13th largest exporter of branded wine in Australia. The story of Nugan Estate spans 80 years, three generations, and displays determination, passion and grit. In 1938, Alfredo and Annelise Nugan fled their home village of Alcira, Spain and migrated to Australia. As immigrants they brought with them aspects of European culture including the enjoyment of wine.

By 1940 Alfredo was selling locally produced seasonal fruit and vegetables in Griffith and built a reputation for his quality produce. It was a difficult period and Alfredo subsidised his income by working in wineries during Vintage. Soon after this Alfredo and Annelise purchased their first vineyard in Nericon. They were honoured when a road was named after their family, Nugan Road, which now leads you to their old farm in Nericon.

Alfredo pioneered farming innovations with an automated carrot harvester and mechanised grading equipment, increasing their capacity to pack premium produce. During World War II, Alfredo supplied small and large accounts including G.J. Cole.  He also supplied General McCarthur’s troops, delivering produce beautifully presented in delicate wooden boxes. Future development led to Alfredo supplying both domestic and export markets.

In 1965 when Alfredo and Annelise retired, Ken Nugan their son took over the family business. Ken continued the family tradition of supplying quality fresh produce to export markets, supermarket chains and produce markets in Australia, and expanded the family business.

Ken inherited Alfredo’s love of innovation, being the first to introduce and utilise optical sizing, grading and automated soft touch packing machines for citrus in Australia.

Ken built a modern juice factory utilising previously discarded oranges. He was a market leader in the produce and juice industry, producing orange, lemon and grape fruit juice and oils. Ken produced other premium juice products including Apple and Pear.

In 1986 Michelle, Ken’s wife, took control of the family business when he passed away unexpectedly. During the 1980s recession, Michelle led the business through a renaissance, re-affirming it as an Australian success story at a time when agribusiness was struggling. The family business developed premium apple, pear and carrot juice for export to Japan and pioneered the development of carrot juice containing no artificial colours or flavours. This innovation lead to becoming the largest producer of carrot juice in the Southern Hemisphere.

During this period the family acquired further agricultural holdings for both fresh fruit and grapes. As recognition of her achievements, Michelle was named Telstra Business Woman of the Year and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996.

Nugan Estate completed their first commercial vintage in 2000. The family built a state-of-the-art winery that was completed in 2002, sourcing wine grapes from premium vineyards in the Riverina, King Valley, Langhorne Creek, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, and Wrattonbully regions.

Today, Nugan Estate is owned and operated by Alfredo and Annelise’s grandson, Matthew Nugan. Matthew maintains the family traditions and shares their passion for good wine. Matthew has been integral in the growth of the family business since 1984.

80 years on, Nugan Estate remains family owned and operated. Alfredo’s generous spirit lives on with Nugan Estate and one of their partners jointly contributing to the funding of building 14 preschools in Africa. This is an ongoing project. Their philosophy of hard work, innovation, and commitment to the future is reflected in 44 trophies and over 1,500 medals.

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Our people are true enthusiasts in producing great wines. Whilst this can be challenging, our dedicated team accept nothing less. From the time the grapes are picked, to when the wine is bottled and ready to be enjoyed, our team are the ones who make it happen. Their loyalty and trust is demonstrated daily and their commitment to Nugan Estate is why we continue to win so many awards. Nugan Estate is proud to introduce you to our people.

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