The Hill Wine Group, which owns the Basedow, Marienberg and Fern Hill Estate wineries, has called in an administrator. Managing director, Terry Hill, said that a "litany of tragedies" over the development of a A$16m warehouse and distribution facility in Sydney had prompted the appointment of Ferrier Hodgson to restructure the group.

Hill said that the intention was not to sell the company but to get back in business "as soon as possible". He added that he expected the company, which employs 120 people, to remain in administration for the next 30 to 60 days.