Our History

Some avid wine lovers may still remember the classic Seabrook wine label from the 70’s, championed by Tom, Doug and Iain Seabrook of Seabrook Wine Merchants on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. The Seabrook Family have been part of the Australian wine business since 1878, starting one of the country’s most respected wine companies W.J Seabrook & Son. In 2005, fifth generation Hamish Seabrook revitalised the old 1878 label as a tribute to his family lineage in the wine industry. His debut wine a single vineyard Shiraz from the Pyrenees region of Victoria was where it all began. Today Seabrook Wines has a portfolio of 7 wines and is proud to be recognised as a 5 Star Halliday Winery for the last 6 years running.

It is of no surprise that Hamish found himself in the wine Industry. First Generation William. J. Seabrook was a pioneer of the Australian Wine industry. He was one of Australia’s earliest wine merchants and was a wine judge at the inaugural Royal Melbourne Wine Show in 1888. His son, Thomas. C. Seabrook, followed his father and was recognised as an acclaimed judge and renowned for his excellent palate and acerbic wit. T.C.’s son, Doug Seabrook, continued in the family wine business and was chairman of judges at the RMWS (Royal Melbourne Wine Show) for more than 30 years. Doug (Hamish’s late grandfather) was a passionate wine man who willingly gave his time and energy to encourage interest in wine, particularly young people. Iain Seabrook, Doug’s son, took the family baton and judged at Melbourne for several years, ran a successful wine broker company and was extremely proud to see his son, Hamish, awarded Dux of the 2004 Len Evans Tutorial and then appointed as judge at the 2005 Royal Melbourne Wine Show as well as many other wine shows.

Hamish, now based in the Barossa Valley has also worked as Senior Winemaker at Brown Brothers, Milawa; Bests, Great Western; Dorrien Estate, Barossa Valley and currently at Kirrihill; Clare Valley.

Hamish carries on a family tradition with deep roots in the Australian wine industry which he hopes will carry on for generations to come with its home in the Barossa. The philosophy of Seabrook Wines today is true to its roots – to source top quality grapes from the best regions of Australia as W.J. and Tom did decades ago.

Since 2005, the Seabrook range has expanded slowly with each label paying homage to a generation of the Seabrook Wine Industry lineage. “The Merchant” Barossa Valley Shiraz (named after grandfather Douglas Seabrook), “The Chairman” Great Western Shiraz (named after Great Grand Father TC Seabrook), “The Broker” Yarra Valley Pinot Noir (named after father Iain Seabrook), and “The Judge” Eden Valley Riesling (named after Hamish’s wife’s grandfather John Marshall). Each wine has a story to tell that connects the past, the present and the future.

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Hamish Seabrook

Director/Winemaker

Hamish is no newcomer to the Australian wine industry with vast experience in a range of positions and regions in both Australia and overseas. Currently Hamish is not only winemaker of his own company Seabrook Wines, but is also part owner/winemaker for Red Kangaroo Wine Company. Other winemaking positions include, Wirra Wirra, Glaetzer’s Brown Brothers and Dorrien Estate.

As a youngster growing up in the Barossa Valley, Hamish was always around wine and with a family history in wine that dates back to 1878, it was inevitable that his future would too be in the wine industry.
In 2000 Hamish graduated from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Oenology and took up the role of winemaker at Best’s in Great Western where he was taken under the wing of wine industry legend Viv Thomson and established his winemaking style of retaining and expressing the natural characteristics of the vineyard where the grapes are grown. Following his forefathers’ footsteps Hamish was guided into wine judging and now judges at various shows across Australia; was awarded Dux of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial in 2004; and is a 5th generation wine show judge.

Jo Seabrook

Director/ Marketing & Projects

The behind the scenes worker, covering a bit of marketing and project work. Jo steps up to chief cellarhand during vintage time and enjoys getting out in the vineyard all year round.

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Chloe & Jack Seabrook

Winery kids!

It’s very much a family affair with everyone chipping in, even the kids!

Kids duties include: berry taste tests, grape picking, foot stomping, ferment plunging, grape juice sampling and scoring, and bunny chasing through the vineyard!

Brendan Marshall (aka Mookie)

Chief lawn mower, handyman and next door neighbour.

Sometimes we wonder how overgrown our property would be if it wasn’t for father-in-law. Mookie will be found fixing anything that is broken, on his ride-on or digging holes.

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Ruby Seabrook

Wine Dog

At age 90, Ruby is the matriarch at Seabrook Wines, in her youth she loved roaming the vineyards and playing in the dams but these days she keeps close by sunbaking, snoozing and keeping close watch on the cat.

Our Philosophy

Seabrook Wines today, has evolved and although not acting as a wine broker, the business works direct with growers to source exceptional fruit from the Australia’s most renowned regions, The Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, Great Western and the Yarra Valley.

Throughout his career Hamish has always had a passion for single vineyard wines with authenticity and genuine personality. He has healthy fascination of different vineyard sites and regions and the subsequent natural expression in the wine.

He has always had a strong belief that the wine is made in the vineyard and his role as a winemaker is to act as caretaker to retain the natural attributes and characters that come from the terroir so to express the region, vineyard and climate where the grapes are grown – this together with natural acidity and vibrant tannins enables our wines to last for decades in the cellar.

+ Our History

Our History

Some avid wine lovers may still remember the classic Seabrook wine label from the 70’s, championed by Tom, Doug and Iain Seabrook of Seabrook Wine Merchants on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. The Seabrook Family have been part of the Australian wine business since 1878, starting one of the country’s most respected wine companies W.J Seabrook & Son. In 2005, fifth generation Hamish Seabrook revitalised the old 1878 label as a tribute to his family lineage in the wine industry. His debut wine a single vineyard Shiraz from the Pyrenees region of Victoria was where it all began. Today Seabrook Wines has a portfolio of 7 wines and is proud to be recognised as a 5 Star Halliday Winery for the last 6 years running.

It is of no surprise that Hamish found himself in the wine Industry. First Generation William. J. Seabrook was a pioneer of the Australian Wine industry. He was one of Australia’s earliest wine merchants and was a wine judge at the inaugural Royal Melbourne Wine Show in 1888. His son, Thomas. C. Seabrook, followed his father and was recognised as an acclaimed judge and renowned for his excellent palate and acerbic wit. T.C.’s son, Doug Seabrook, continued in the family wine business and was chairman of judges at the RMWS (Royal Melbourne Wine Show) for more than 30 years. Doug (Hamish’s late grandfather) was a passionate wine man who willingly gave his time and energy to encourage interest in wine, particularly young people. Iain Seabrook, Doug’s son, took the family baton and judged at Melbourne for several years, ran a successful wine broker company and was extremely proud to see his son, Hamish, awarded Dux of the 2004 Len Evans Tutorial and then appointed as judge at the 2005 Royal Melbourne Wine Show as well as many other wine shows.

Hamish, now based in the Barossa Valley has also worked as Senior Winemaker at Brown Brothers, Milawa; Bests, Great Western; Dorrien Estate, Barossa Valley and currently at Kirrihill; Clare Valley.

Hamish carries on a family tradition with deep roots in the Australian wine industry which he hopes will carry on for generations to come with its home in the Barossa. The philosophy of Seabrook Wines today is true to its roots – to source top quality grapes from the best regions of Australia as W.J. and Tom did decades ago.

Since 2005, the Seabrook range has expanded slowly with each label paying homage to a generation of the Seabrook Wine Industry lineage. “The Merchant” Barossa Valley Shiraz (named after grandfather Douglas Seabrook), “The Chairman” Great Western Shiraz (named after Great Grand Father TC Seabrook), “The Broker” Yarra Valley Pinot Noir (named after father Iain Seabrook), and “The Judge” Eden Valley Riesling (named after Hamish’s wife’s grandfather John Marshall). Each wine has a story to tell that connects the past, the present and the future.

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Hamish Seabrook

Director/Winemaker

Hamish is no newcomer to the Australian wine industry with vast experience in a range of positions and regions in both Australia and overseas. Currently Hamish is not only winemaker of his own company Seabrook Wines, but is also part owner/winemaker for Red Kangaroo Wine Company. Other winemaking positions include, Wirra Wirra, Glaetzer’s Brown Brothers and Dorrien Estate.

As a youngster growing up in the Barossa Valley, Hamish was always around wine and with a family history in wine that dates back to 1878, it was inevitable that his future would too be in the wine industry.
In 2000 Hamish graduated from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Oenology and took up the role of winemaker at Best’s in Great Western where he was taken under the wing of wine industry legend Viv Thomson and established his winemaking style of retaining and expressing the natural characteristics of the vineyard where the grapes are grown. Following his forefathers’ footsteps Hamish was guided into wine judging and now judges at various shows across Australia; was awarded Dux of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial in 2004; and is a 5th generation wine show judge.

Jo Seabrook

Director/ Marketing & Projects

The behind the scenes worker, covering a bit of marketing and project work. Jo steps up to chief cellarhand during vintage time and enjoys getting out in the vineyard all year round.

People_Jo
People_kids
Chloe & Jack Seabrook

Winery kids!

It’s very much a family affair with everyone chipping in, even the kids!

Kids duties include: berry taste tests, grape picking, foot stomping, ferment plunging, grape juice sampling and scoring, and bunny chasing through the vineyard!

Brendan Marshall (aka Mookie)

Chief lawn mower, handyman and next door neighbour.

Sometimes we wonder how overgrown our property would be if it wasn’t for father-in-law. Mookie will be found fixing anything that is broken, on his ride-on or digging holes.

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Ruby Seabrook

Wine Dog

At age 90, Ruby is the matriarch at Seabrook Wines, in her youth she loved roaming the vineyards and playing in the dams but these days she keeps close by sunbaking, snoozing and keeping close watch on the cat.

+ Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Seabrook Wines today, has evolved and although not acting as a wine broker, the business works direct with growers to source exceptional fruit from the Australia’s most renowned regions, The Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, Great Western and the Yarra Valley.

Throughout his career Hamish has always had a passion for single vineyard wines with authenticity and genuine personality. He has healthy fascination of different vineyard sites and regions and the subsequent natural expression in the wine.

He has always had a strong belief that the wine is made in the vineyard and his role as a winemaker is to act as caretaker to retain the natural attributes and characters that come from the terroir so to express the region, vineyard and climate where the grapes are grown – this together with natural acidity and vibrant tannins enables our wines to last for decades in the cellar.