I can only imagine the determination Tom Angove had when he worked to develop the wine cask, or, as he preferred to call it, the wine soft pack or bag-in-box.
It was 1965. Despite all the nostalgia about the ‘swinging 60s’ it wasn’t exactly a progressive moment in Australian history… The Seekers’ I’ll Never Find Another You was topping the charts; Dawn Fraser had just been banned from all amateur competition for 10 years; women weren’t allowed in public bars in Queensland; and police had raided a Melbourne bookshop and seized copies of The Trial of Lady Chatterley.
Yet at this time, from the sun-baked Riverland, came an international innovation. Tom’s son and successor in the Angoves wine business, was just 18 at the time. John couldn’t have asked for a better mentor than his father. Continue reading