In 1965, Renmark’s Tom Angove created the first cask wine with a patent issued to the company on April 20, 1965. The invention was titled “improved container and pack for liquids.” This year is the 50th anniversary of that Australian icon and the wine industry celebrated this milestone with an event in Sydney on Tuesday evening this week.
Key speakers at the function provided insight into the history of the wine cask, before looking to the future to outline how hitting the refresh button will infuse new life into the familiar bag-in-box format.
One of the speakers was John Angove who recalled his father’s initial tinkering with the first wine in a box concept (and the connection to prehistoric goatskins), how the design came together and how the Australian invention is now adopted all over the world. This was followed by a panel discussion with winemakers and industry representatives on ‘where to next’ for the cask wine sector.
Riverland Wine’s Andrew Weeks, another of Renmark’s favourite sons, flew to Sydney to join the celebrations and support the rejuvenation of the icon. Andrew said this is a great opportunity to encourage all wine consumers to acknowledge the casks attributes as an environmentally sound modern package that enables wine buffs to enjoy premium wines by the glass.
The Ask for Cask campaign was also launched at the event including a specially created video which highlights the unique place cask wine has had in Australia over the past 50 years.
Photo: (left to right) Darren DeBortoli, Andrew Weeks, John Angove at Ask for Cask launch in Sydney.