The Wilkinsons are considered the pioneers of the wine industry of Australia. Brothers John and Frederick studied all about winemaking in Germany and France and then returned to Australia to make their mark on the Australian wine market. The family acquired the property now known as the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard in 1866 and began prepping the land for vine cultivation while living in tents. They sourced vines from MacArthur Onslow and planted them on their estate. By the early 20th century, they had established the estate as a renowned name and collected many awards for their delicious fortified wines. They exported large quantities of wines to London and became famous worldwide.