Two Hands Wines was formed in 1999 by Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz, with the objective to produce the best Shiraz based wines of Australia.
Michael Twelftree, spent a number of years exporting Australian Wine to the USA and Asia. Richard Mintz, was formerly C.E.O. of one of Australia's leading Cooperage's in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. With Twelftree's contacts and wine savvy approach and Mintz's management skills and business acumen, the two friends decided to make wine together.
In 2000, they started with just 17 tonnes of fruit from McLaren Vale and Padthaway wine regions. From the beginning the wines were very well received at home and abroad with a healthy stream of reviews culminating in, being voted `Best New Producer' in the 2003/2004 Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide by Huon Hooke and Ralph Kyte-Powell.