The men on our labels are not those of fiction. They were flesh and blood. Criminals and scholars. In history, they share a bond — receiving “punishment by transportation.” It could have shattered their spirits. It didn’t. Today, we toast those men and the principles they lived by.

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PUNISHMENT BY TRANSPORTATION

Imagine being banished thousands of miles from home to live among convicts on an unsettled continent. For many men, women, and children living in 19th century England, this terrible nightmare was a harsh reality. Life in these penal colonies was a daily struggle. Some perished, some would escape, and others would be the founders of a new country: Australia.

John Boyle O’Reilly

“Only those who have stood within the bars and heard the din of devils and the appalling sounds of despair… can imagine the horrors of the hold of a convict ship."
— John Boyle O’Reilly

Some men overcome adversity. Others make an art of it. In 1867 John Boyle O’Reilly was given a sentence second only to death in its severity: transportation. O’Reilly, however, was no ordinary convict. He published poetry throughout the harrowing journey to Australia and, once there, outwitted prison guards to escape to America.

Michael Harrington

A British conscript turned infamous convict, Michael Harrington is perhaps best known for orchestrating one of the most daring escapes from Australia. In 1876, Harrington, along with six others, braved a massive typhoon in nothing more than a tiny rowboat to board an American whaling ship in what is now remembered as The Catalpa Escape.

James Wilson

"Remember this is a voice from the tomb. For is this not a living tomb?"
— James Wilson

Though his early life is shrouded in mystery, James Wilson’s time in Australia is immortalized in his letter “A Voice from the Tomb” which describes the penal colony experience in vivid detail. It was this letter that proved instrumental in setting in motion the great Catalpa Rescue.

The 19 Crimes

Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists. Upon conviction British rogues guilty of a least one of the 19 crimes were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by “transportation” began in 1783 and many of the lawless died at sea. For the rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a new world awaited.

As pioneers in a frontier penal colony, they forged a new country and new lives, brick by brick.

This wine celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built.

RED BLEND

Our red blend bears the same traits as those banished to Australia. Defiant by nature, bold in character. Always uncompromising. It’s a taste you’ll never forget.

SHIRAZ GRENACHE MATARO

Pairs best with a serving of debauchery. This full-bodied wine will hold your palate captive and ready for resistance.

SHIRAZ

Every sip is more sinister than the last. You’ll want to pair this unruly wine with a little malice and a lot of mayhem.

RED BLEND

Our red blend bears the same traits as those banished to Australia. Defiant by nature, bold in character. Always uncompromising. It’s a taste you’ll never forget.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Wonderfully paired with a midnight’s escape. Ingeniously smooth, infamously subtle. Add it to your next night out, and you’ll have the perfect partner in crime.

SHIRAZ-DURIF

A legendary shiraz that’ll leave the palate craving rebellion. Disorder and deviance go hand-in-hand with this brazen bottle.

THE BANISHED — DARK RED

A blend that is brooding with richness. Like the wine rations served on convict ships, every sip deserves to be savored.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Wonderfully paired with a midnight’s escape. Ingeniously smooth, infamously subtle. Add it to your next night out, and you’ll have the perfect partner in crime.

THE WARDEN — RED BLEND

Don’t let this masterful blend escape you. Each powerful note brings you one step closer to a night filled with mischief and fun.

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