About

Our Story

Printhie Wines was established in 1996 when we planted the first vineyard on the Swift family’s property ‘Printhie’. The winery was added in 2004 so we could handcraft our award winning wine.

Jim and Ruth Swift

It was the inspiration of Jim and Ruth in 1996 to enter the wine industry with the planting of 12Ha of grapevines on the family property ‘Printhie’, located near Molong in the Orange region of NSW. The most suitable site was selected from the 500Ha property and managed by Jim and Ruth until the return of their two sons, Ed and Dave in the early-2000s. At this time the vineyard area was expanded to 33Ha and a winery was built for the 2004 vintage changing the dynamic of the business from grape growing to wine production. Ed and Dave now manage the day-to-day business operations.

Ed Swift

Prior to making his way back to Printhie, Ed practised as an Industrial Engineer in Sydney and Brisbane. Subsequently, he heads up production at Printhie and is often the handyman on site. Ed’s interest and dedication to the wine industry has seen him hold the position of President of the Orange Region Vigneron’s Association (ORVA) as well as being selected for Winemakers Federation of Australia Future Leaders Program. Currently, Ed sits on the Board of the Australian Grape and Wine Inc (Formerly the Winemakers Federation of Australia) representing small winemakers.

Dave Swift

Like elder brother Ed, Dave began a career outside the business working as a graphic designer in Sydney. Having always had a desire to return to a farming background the move back to Orange was a welcome one bringing with him skills that would prove invaluable. Beyond his role as sales manager, Dave is also responsible for the Printhie vineyards. Having grown up on the Printhie property, Dave knows the soil and vines intimately and makes it his mission to ensure the vineyard is in top-notch order.

1978

The Swift family move to the property ‘Printhie’

1996

First vineyard planted at Printhie

1999

First commercial grape harvest

2001

Phalaris vineyard stage 1 planted

2002

Phalaris vineyard stage 2 planted

2004

Printhie winery built

2010

Winery production expanded to 500 tonnes with the addition of a custom built storage shed

2013

Swift sparkling brand launched

2015

New vineyard site ‘Millwood’ purchased on Mt Canobolas

2016

Temperature-controlled barrel store built

2018

‘Millwood’ vineyard planted