Nugan Estate is a family company established over 60 years ago in Griffith as a broad-based agricultural business. Built on the historical Old Brick Works site in Griffith, New South Wales, Nugan is a blend of Old World tradition and the latest in New World winemaking technology. In 8 years Nugan Estate has collected 28 Trophies, 1272 medals and winemaker, Daren Owers, was the 2004 Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year (Member Choice). Making Nugan Estate one of Australia's rising stars in premium, estate grown wine.
Daren Owers was born and raised in Griffith, Australia. Daren commenced working for Nugan Group in 1996 after completing a Diploma of Applied Science (Food Technology) at the University of Western Sydney (Hawkesbury). In 1999 when Nugan Group diversified into winemaking and Daren was asked if he would be interested in training as Assistant Winemaker whilst studying Wine Science by correspondence at Charles Sturt University in Wagga. Daren remained in the position of Assistant Winemaker until June 2003 when the Chief Winemaker position became available. Daren is married with two young sons and a baby girl. Winner of 'The Wine Society Members' Choice Award 2005