The Hesketh Family














The Hesketh Family

Our family has been involved in the wine industry for nearly sixty years, but not in the traditional sense. An aversion to convention has led us to follow ‘the path less travelled by’ and work or live in a diverse array of growing regions including Burgundy, the South of France, the UK & North America and throughout Australia & New Zealand.

In 2006 Jonathon established The Hesketh Wine Company, to produce wines that reflect the family’s history in the wine industry. This international influence translates to our wines being known for;

  •    Clarity:        Regional typicity and clear varietal expression.
  •    Value:         A level of sophistication beyond the selling prices.
  •    Style:          An abundance of flavour, with elegance.

Quality is the overriding priority. Benchmark value for money via sophisticated and modern wine styles is the constant objective.

Since that time the family has also become the custodian of six other premium wine Estates, and the broader enterprise is now known as The Usual Suspects Collective. Although these properties are run separately, this does provide Hesketh Wines with benchmark fruit sourcing options in each region, as well as an incredibly experienced winemaking team.

Sixty odd years is not necessarily a long time in the wine industry. But as a great friend once pointed out; ‘It’s not how old you are, but the miles you’ve done'. Eat well, drink well, have fun!

Jonathon Hesketh

Proprietor & Principal Debt Holder

Born and raised in Adelaide to Shirley and Robert, Jonathon spent a year in Burgundy, with the family, when he was nine and returned speaking English with a French accent.

After finishing school (just) he spent another year in France working on the family's vineyard project, before returning home to spend eight years learning alternative vocations in Export Trading and FMCG.

Forever grateful to the late and great Greg Trott (proprietor of Wirra Wirra Vineyards in McLaren Vale) for an entry back into the wine industry, Jonathon stayed nearly seven years at Wirra Wirra, with a stint in New Zealand on the distribution side of the wine business; running Lion Nathan's Distinguished Vineyards.

After realising long ago that working for the man was never going to feed two dogs, four children, two cats, four chickens and an ever-so-patient wife, the family returned to Adelaide in early 2006 to establish the Hesketh Wine Company.

Trish Hesketh

Chief Task Juggler and Binding Agent

Born in Northern Ireland to Joe and Eleanor, with one older brother Sean, Trish emigrated with her family to Melbourne when she was just three. After working in fashion with Perri Cutten Trish flew for Ansett for twelve years, only calling it quits after child number three.

In between times Trish has manned the Cellar Door in McLaren Vale and worked in PR in New Zealand. Often referred to as ‘The Dish’, but more accurately as the brains, the common sense and the glue to the Hesketh tribe with an uncanny ability to multi-task (a gene that other members of the family missed out on).

Robert Hesketh

Chairman, Compass & Protagonist

Everyone needs an experienced head in their business, and we’re pretty fortunate to have one with this many miles under his belt. It's probably easier to mention what Robert hasn’t done in the course of fifty years in the wine industry. Either way, he has always followed the path less travelled and has always been a constant source of guidance and inspiration. The other reality is that Robert is only here to point and direct because he has had our Matriarch Shirley beside him along the way.

Winemaking Team

Andrew Hardy, James Lienert, Keeda Zilm & Angus Hesketh

The Hesketh winemaking team is made up of Andrew Hardy, Keeda Zilm, James Lienert and cellar rat Angus Hesketh who is currently studying Oenology. With over seventy years of experience between them, our winemakers continue to produce wines that reflect the Hesketh Wine Company style and ethos.

They work with fruit from our own vineyards, and those of specialist growers, to produce a diverse range of wine styles best suited to each region. This ranges from classics like Coonawarra Cabernet and Eden Valley Riesling, all the way through to emerging regional/varietal combinations like Clare Valley Fiano and Barossa Valley Negroamaro.