Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz were sitting around a table at an engagement party in September 1999, sipping Shiraz and talking wine. It was then that the pair decided to create Two Hands Wines, a winery that would source Shiraz from vineyards throughout Australia. The Shiraz market in Australia was saturated, but the creators were convinced that they could showcase the regional variability of the grape and, in doing so, create a niche in the market. They turned out to be right, as Two Hands Wines produced their first vintage in 2000 with 17 tonnes of fruit. After its initial growth stages, Michael Twelftree was joined by Tim Hower, and the pair have expanded their vineyards under an ambitious plan to grow the winery into the future.