Our History

Our History

Wine barrelsThe history of Nardone Baker Wines stems back two generations to Joe Nardone and John Baker.

Their roots originating from Europe and then establishing landholding in South Australia. 

Joe Nardone was raised in Italy, where he developed a love of the land, its grapes and the process of creating fine wine. In 1952 Joe brought his traditional wine making skills to Australia where he set about making full-bodied red wines from grapes grown in South Australia's ideal climates and soil types. 

John Baker was raised in country England and he too had a passion for producing fine wine. This led him to purchase land in South Australia in the same year that he landed and to further his knowledge of wine at Roseworthy Agricultural College. 

Joe and John have since come together through the marriage of their children. 

The second generation, Frank Nardone and Patrick Baker, now brothers in law, continue the winemaking tradition of their families. 


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Wine Quotes & Toasts

A waltz and a glass of wine invite an encore."

Johann Strauss

Quickly bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may whet my mind and say something clever."


It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one's present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason."

Latin saying 

Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages."

Louis Pasteur

No thing more excellent nor more valuable than wine was ever granted mankind by God."


Wine cheereth God and man."

Judges 9:13

A man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry."

Ecclesiastes 8:15

Wine is the pearl in the oyster of the grape.

Charles A. Nardone, Mirabella Ranch, Texas USA 

What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.


Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues."

Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

God made only water, but man made wine.

Victor Hugo

Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Benjamin Franklin 

Both to the rich and poor, wine is the happy antidote for sorrow.


Wine is bottled poetry."

Robert Louis Stevenson  

Good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach.

Spanish saying 

Now is the time for drinking, now is the time to beat the earth with unfettered foot. "


Wine is sunlight, held together by water."

Galileo Galilei

Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved."

Medieval German saying 

Good wine is a good familiar creature if it well used."


Drink no longer water but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

St. Paul, 1 Timothy 5:23

A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine."

Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin 

Contact Details

Nardone Baker Wines

PO Box 386, McLaren Vale, South Australia, 5171, Australia.

10 Gray Street, Kilkenny, South Australia, 5009, Australia
Phone +61 8 8445 8100 
Fax +61 8 8445 8200

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