History

History

A Little History

The John Family first settled in South Australia’s world renowned Barossa Valley in the 1840’s. Since then, five generations of the John family have continued an unbroken connection with the viticulture, winemaking and coopering industries within the Barossa Valley.

The John family began operating coopers late in the 19th century when Christian Paul John established what, was then, the Chateau Tanunda Cooperage in 1889. His son Arthur Paul John (after whom the business is named) continued in his father’s trade, established the original AP John cooperage on the current Chateau Tanunda site from whence it traded until moving to the current site in Tanunda in 1925.

Today the business is managed by fourth generation master cooper Peter John –               great-grandson of the company founder.