History of Cask Wine

50 years of thinking inside the box

Angove Family Winemakers

When winemaker Tom Angove needed a more versatile way to carry his precious drop, he literally thought “inside the box.”

In 1965, he created the first cask wine with a patent issued to the company on April 20, 1965. The invention was titled “improved container and pack for liquids.”

Mr Angove is the grandson of William Angove, founder of Angove Family Winemakers. His children and grandchildren are still involved in the family business.

Bill Marshall pouring first cask wine
Bill Marshall pouring first cask wine
Tom Angove tasting from barrel
Tom Angove tasting from barrel

A third-generation winemaker, Tom always had an interest in the family business and studied Oenology at Roseworthy Graduating as Dux and receiving the Leo Buring Medal for highest aggregate in all diploma subjects, the RH Martin tasting prize and the Karl Weidenhofer prize for an individual project on modified distillation procedure; which is still published worldwide today.

For his contribution to Australia’s winemaking industry, Tom was awarded an Order of Australia in 1994 and Angove Cask Wine was recognised as a Bank SA Heritage Icon in 2006. He died at the age of 92 in Renmark in 2010.

Scholle Packaging

William Scholle founded his packaging company in Chicago, IL USA in the late 1940s. Mr Scholle determined early on that there needed to be a better way to package and dispense liquid products for consumers. He began experimenting with plastic films and tubing to create the first bag-in-box package.

Scholle Packaging 1970s cask wine ad
Scholle Packaging 1970s cask wine ad
Scholle Packaging 1980s cask wine ad
Scholle Packaging 1980s cask wine ad

In the 1950s, Mr Scholle began to search for new applications for bag-in-box packaging. Dairy products, water, and wine were a few of the first new markets to accept this radical packaging innovation. Since helping Tom Angove with his cask wine project in the mid-1960s, Scholle Packaging has gone on to be the world’s largest supplier of the cask wine package format. 

Wytt Morro

Wytt Morro was one of Australia’s most important graphic designers of wine labels in Australia in the 1960s and 70s. The Adelaide-based artist’s 1965 and 1968 prototype wine casks for Angove’s toured the country in the National Treasures from Australia’s Great Libraries exhibition from 2006-07. The collection included examples of the progress of a wine label from initial rough sketches, to work sheets and instructions, to the finished label.

His designs featured a bold illustration for the Angove ‘handy gallon pack’ wine. Mr Morro died in 2012, but his daughter (also an artist) still has some of his artwork, along with original pieces, stored at the State Library of South Australia

Australian graphic designer, Wytt Morro
Australian graphic designer, Wytt Morro

Raise a glass to the cask!