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Albany Wineries

Albany wine region is set in some of the most picturesque and unspoilt countryside in WA. Covering an area of almost 1,000 square kilometres, the region stretches from the Frankland River through Mount Barker, east to Denmark and west to the Porongurups.

The cooler weather in Albany makes it a prime location for producing pinot noir, chardonnay and riesling. The region is home to some 26 cellar doors spread out across the countryside, so a wine tour can be a good way of making sure you don’t miss out on the hidden gems. You can also hire or bring a bike and cycle around them on the Go Taste Trail.

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For something a touch stronger, there’s the distillery for internationally awarded whisky, vodka, grappa, gin and brandy. Better yet, sample them all in some of the trendy bars in town.

WA’s oldest port is now held in high regard as one of the state’s most breathtaking and versatile holiday hubs. Boasting some of the state’s premier attractions, you’ll want more than just a few days to explore national parks and beautiful beaches around the bustling port.

There’s plenty to do to work off all that food and wine, get outdoors and experience Albany’s stunning landscape and wildlife. Swim, surf or fish one of the many beautiful breaks along the rugged coastline whilst watching humpback whales, dolphins and seals frolic at their favourite breeding spots. Or for adventure seekers, step it up a gear and get off the beaten track for 4WD adventures, bike paths past breathtaking beaches and bush land, or mountain biking and hiking along the Bibbulmun Track, Munda Biddi trail and other specialty tracks.

If that all sounds too hectic for you, just relax at one of the city’s historic venues, artisanal stores, Indigenous art galleries or two renowned farmers markets. It’s a lot to take in, so plan ahead, and give yourself plenty of time.

Check out the listings below for Albany wineries, wines, tours, cellar doors and more.

Guides


Bunn's Vineyard

Established in 1997, this boutique winery specialises in preservative free wines made from bio-dynamically farmed fruit, with help from the ducks, geese and guinea fowl roaming the vineyards.

  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Shiraz
  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door

Details

  • Brands:Bunn
  • Established:1997
  • Winemaker:David McNamara
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Great Southern:Albany

Description

Sustainable farming minimizing impact on the environment is central to operations both in the vineyards and the winery. Solar power is used for heating and cooling in the winery. The employment of minimal intervention practises and bio-diverse vineyard management eliminate the need for fertilisers and pesticides. Must waste and all other output from the winery are reused for irrigation and feed for livestock.  No chemicals are used in the vineyards and therefore none are present in the winery output.

Positioned just over halfway between Albany and Mt Barker, on the Albany side.

The Wines
The two red wines produced at the estate are natural wines, made with minimal intervention, fermented in French oak using wild yeasts, and unfined and unfiltered.  The low-yielding shiraz and cabernet are planted to dry-grown vineyards (ie no irrigation) on north facing slopes.  The fruit is farmed with bio-dynamic methods, and the vineyards remain free of synthetic fertiliser, fungicides and residual herbicides.  Due to the resultant biodiversity, the earth enjoys healthy, nutrient rich soil and plenty of organic matter.

Wine Tasting
No cellar door.

Unique Highlights
Bunn is one of the rising stars in the natural, bio-dynamic and minimal-intervention wine movement, which has found a niche following in Australia of the past 5 or more years.  The Great Southern is home to a handful of great producers with similar philosophies, so if this is an area of interest, the Bunn wines must be sought out.

Halliday Rating
No Halliday rating or scores.

Oranje Tractor Wine

Visit the vintage cellar door of this solar-powered, environmentally-forward, organic winery for cool climate wines and seasonal food events, bursting with produce from their vast organic gardens.

  • Wine Variety:Rose,Merlot,Riesling,Shiraz,Sauvignon Blanc,Sparkling,Fortified,Dessert,Port
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Sunday 11am to 5pm

Details

  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Organic,Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Cellar Door Open:Sunday
  • Great Southern:Albany
  • Cases Produced:1000 cases
  • Vineyards:2.6 hectares
  • Established:1998

Description

Established by Murray and Pamela Lincoln, a couple from Perth who built a sustainable, energy efficient home and vineyard on their property nearby Albany in 2000. The winery is part of WOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farm) and offers travellers a place to stay in return for their labour on a range of viticulture and winemaking activities. Over 400 visitors have participated to date.

The organic vineyard is located in the east of the Great Southern Wine Region, where its climate and soils grow elegant fruit with minerality and natural acidity. The property also has a range of organic gardens growing plums, apples, cherries, avocado, guavas, stone fruit, olives, berries and citrus.

Key activities that underpin their approach to sustainability including recycling, composting, revegetation and the use of renewable. The pair have planted thousands of trees on the 20 acres of land and their vineyard and cellar door are powered almost entirely by solar energy.

The Wine

Varieties include Riesling, Sparkling Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Pinot Port and Sparkling Merlot. Winemaker Rob Diletti was awarded the coveted Winemaker of the Year title by James Halliday in 2015.

Cellar Door

A stroll through Oranje Tractor’s organic gardens leads to their rustic cellar door, packed with vintage items. It is open Sundays 11am - 5pm, or by appointment Monday to Saturday for tastings, Wine Flights and gastronomic events. Following a SLOW food ethos, all food served at the property is sourced within a 50 kilometre radius.

Unique Highlights

A range of tours can be booked including foraging in the forest, learning about making traditional method champagne and more.

 

Parish Lane Wines

Discover the ultra-boutique wines of Richard and Julie Parish’s quaint, hand-grown vineyard, which can be tasted at the Albany Boatshed Markets.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Sparkling
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Great Southern:Albany
  • Brands:Parish Lane
  • Cases Produced:Less than 999
  • Established:1998
  • Vineyards:2 hectares
  • Winemaker:Richard Parish

Description

Parish Lane was established by Richard and Julie Parish in 1994 and is located in Albany, an environment ideal for cool-climate, sustainable viticulture. The pair produce wines in small quantities, allowing a hands-on approach from the picking to bottling stages. The fruit is picked each vintage by the couple and their mates, fermented then aged in oak barrels for 12 months of longer, reflecting Richard and Julie’s philosophy of integrity and focus in the production of great tasting wines.

Varieties include Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Merlot and Sparkling Blanc de Blancs.

Taste Parish Lane wines at the Albany Boatshed Markets on Sundays 10am - 1pm, or check their Facebook page for upcoming wine tastings across Western Australia. The winery is open by appointment only.

 

Wignalls Wines

Taste the multi award-winning wines of the Wignalls from their rustic, “best of Australia” cellar door, located on the outskirts of Albany town centre, making for the perfect day's outing.

  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Rose

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Great Southern:Albany
  • Cases Produced:7000
  • Vineyards:18.5 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Established in 1982 by Bill and son Rob Wignall, the Wignalls Wines began following research that suggestedtheir farm was well-suited to the famous Burgundian varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They established an onsite winery, and son Rob took up a winemaking role and the wine operation was underway. First vintages saw amazing results with trophies and gold medals for both Pinot and Chardonnay. Over sixty trophies and gold medals have been won by the family estate to date.

While Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the focus, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz and Rose are also made.

Cellar Door

A rustic cellar door was built with stones from the vineyard and local 2006. It was established from an old hay shed on the property. Its rugged style was celebrated by the Winemakers Federation of Australia, who have named it one of Australia’s best 25 cellar doors. Located on the outer edge of Albany, Wignalls Wines is conveniently located for an  outing with great wines to taste and a beautifully picturesque setting. Open 11am - 4pm, closed June to August.

Halliday Rating

4.5 Stars

 

Yilgarnia Wines

Perched beside the Hay River Valley, this north-facing vineyard is known to grow some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in Denmark. Cellar door reopening in 2019.

  • Wine Variety:Sparkling Shiraz,Fortified,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Port,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Sparkling,Sparkling Rose
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door and Cafe: Sat & Sun 11am to 5pm (closed during winter)

Details

  • Lunch Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Light Food,Cellar Door,Functions
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Great Southern:Denmark
  • Cases Produced:3500 cases
  • Established:1997
  • Vineyards:13.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Peter and Anthony Buxton, Michael Staniford (Consultant)

Description

Located nearby Denmark, Yilgarnia is the geological name for a region of Western Australia formed more than 2 billion years ago. Established in 1997 by Peter and Anthony Buxton, the vineyard has north-facing slopes with stunning views of the Hay River Valley, Wilson Inlet and the hills surrounding Denmark. The influence of the Southern Ocean's climate on the vineyard is significant and enables the production of colourful, aromatic, cool-climate wines.

The Wines

Yilgarnia is highly recognised for its Sauvignon Blanc, which James Halliday suggested is the signature wine and one of the best of its kind in Australia. The hand-crafted, estate-grown range also includes three sparkling wines and a selection of Cabernet blends, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon wines are also made.

Cellar Door

Reopening in 2019 is the cellar door, which offers tastings with some of the region’s most spectacular views across the vineyard, lush farmlands and wildflowers.

Halliday Rating

3 Stars

 

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