After being bundled onto a ship bound for Australia just two years after entering the world near Manchester in 1840, it is no wonder William Patrick Auld quickly developed a natural tendency to explore. The Auld family arrived at the Port of Adelaide on the good ship Fortitude in 1842 and by the mid ‘60s, WP had accompanied John McDouall Stuart on the first successful south-to-north crossing of Australian and joined BT Finniss’ expedition to select a site for the capital of the Northern Territory.
While he explored, his father Patrick was busy planting a vineyard on 400 acres of land in Magill on a property called Auldana, four miles from Adelaide. With the wanderlust out of his system, WP eventually returned to Adelaide and followed in his fathers footsteps, becoming a wine man and watching the vineyards of Auldana flourish. Never one to shy away from a challenge, William Patrick sold Auldana in 1888 and set up a wine and spirit merchant business in Gilbert Place which he named WP Auld & Sons.
In true Barossa style, the William Patrick Shiraz pulls no punches, paying homage to the daring and adventure shown by WP and the early generations of the Auld family.