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.
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.
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.
The Swift family move to the property ‘Printhie’
First vineyard planted at Printhie
First commercial grape harvest
Phalaris vineyard stage 1 planted
Phalaris vineyard stage 2 planted
Printhie winery built
Winery production expanded to 500 tonnes with the addition of a custom built storage shed
Swift sparkling brand launched
New vineyard site ‘Millwood’ purchased on Mt Canobolas
Temperature-controlled barrel store built
‘Millwood’ vineyard planted