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Blackwood River Valley Wineries

The Blackwood River Valley is one of Australia’s newest wine regions and also one of its most picturesque with lush pastures, majestic trees and gentle winding rivers. Nestled in the heart of the South West of WA, it is now home to 19 wine producers and 50 vineyards and 15 cellar doors with grape varieties include chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, semillion and shiraz and smaller plantings of viognier and pinot noir.

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Since first plantings in 1976, the area has taken advantage of its favourable soil and Mediterranean climate (dry summers and wet winters), producing high quality, award winning wines.

The flavours of this distinct region manifest in complex, earthy undertones for the reds and golden honey flavours in the whites. In addition, the region has built a reputation for its fruit wines and ciders. Definitely a region not to miss.

Check out the listings below for Blackwood River Valley wineries, wines, tours, cellar doors and more.

Guides


Balingup Fruit Winery

Discover wines of a different kind at this quaint, packing shed cellar door on Balingup's main street, making award-winning, small batch ports and liqueurs with fruits from local orchards.

  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley
  • Wine Variety:Port,Fortified
  • Open Days/times:Fri to Sun 11am-3pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Facilities:Cellar Door

Description

A unique winery was established in 1992 with the lofty vision to create a range of ports and liqueurs made from the best local fruit growing in nearby orchards. This one-of-a-kind wine range has received awards at the Perth Royal Show awards every year since Birdwood Park opened its cellar door, and gained recognition from the National Australian Fruit Wine Awards in 2017.

The wines include a signature Cherry Port, as well as a range of liqueurs flavoured with Granny Smith apples, apricots, oranges, plums and more.  

Cellar Door

Set inside a quaint packing shed, the cellar door at Birdwood Park is open from Friday to Sunday from 11am-3pm on Balingup's main street, and on Friday evenings for the Balingup Night Markets.

Beulah Wines

A charming, family-owned and operated vineyard producing high quality, award-winning wines within the stunning Blackwood Valley Wine Region.

  • Open Days/times:No cellar door
  • Wine Variety:Viognier,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley

Details

  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Vineyards:9.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Craig Nield, Jodi Nield and Richard Nield
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Brands:Beulah Wines
  • Cases Produced:Less than 999
  • Established:2007

Description

Located in Boyup Brook, Beulah Wines began operations in 2007 within a 10 hectare vineyard. Owned by Craig, Jodi and Richard Nield. The estate grown wines have received a number of awards at local and national wine shows.

Varieties at Beulah include Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz and are available by mail order from the winery.

Blackwood Crest Wines

  • (08) 9767 3029

Located amongst picturesque farmland and surrounded by tall timber is the oldest vineyard within the Blackwood Valley region and known for its award-winning wines.

  • Wine Variety:Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Semillon,Fortified,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay
  • Open Days/times:By appointment 10am-5pm
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley

Details

  • Cases Produced:1,500-2,499
  • Vineyards:East Boyup Brook, 8 hectares
  • Facilities:Appointment Only,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Brands:Blackwood Crest

Description

Established in 1976, Blackwood Crest Wines is the oldest vineyard and winery in the Blackwood Valley Wine Region, with the first vines of the Blackwood region planted within its vineyard. Owned and operated by region pioneers Max and Roslyn Fairbass, the winery can be found in traditional farmland country halfway between Boyup Brook and Kojonup, with over nine hectares of vineyards.

Wine varieties at Blackwood Crest include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Semillon. Winery visits by appointment only.

Bridgetown Winery

Situated on the Black River just 9km from Bridgetown townsite, handcrafted Shiraz, Cabernet, Sparkling and Fortified wines can be tasted at the cellar door, by appointment only.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Muscat,Port,Ruby Port,Shiraz,Sparkling Shiraz,Sparkling,Fortified
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley
  • Open Days/times:Open by appointment most days 10am - 5pm

Details

  • Established:2003
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Vineyards:2 acres

Description

Bridgetown Winery is a stunning 14 acre property sitting alongside the Blackwood River.

Shiraz wines are produced from grapes grown on the property. Any other grape varieties used are from vineyards in the Blackwood Valley. The tawny and ruby ports are produced from Shiraz grapes grown on the property.

Priding itself on producing low-intervention wines, all fertilisers are certified organic and fining of the wine is done by filtering and animal products are not part of the fining process.

Wines were previously produced in the Estate’s pump shed until the winery expanded and opened a cellar door in 2014. The Cellar door is open by appointment only on most days from 10am to 5pm.
 

Curlew Estate

A boutique winery, known for its artisan, whole bunch pressed Shiraz, made from its vineyard in the premium Mayanup district of Blackwood Valley.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Rose,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley

Details

  • Brands:Curlew Estate
  • Winemaker:Brad McDonnell
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

Planted on free-draining sandy soils on the same latitude as Margaret River (34 degrees south), this single-vineyard winery takes a detailed approach to its sustainable viticulture for its red-dominant range of wines.

Curlew Estate Shiraz is a standout wine born from the site’s unique soil structure and microbial activities. It is whole bunch pressed and fermented in small batches to allow the winemakers ultimate control to make high-quality wines.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Mouvedre are also incorporated with Shiraz to make the winery’s ‘Form One Lane’ label.

All wines are handcrafted, basked pressed and matured in French oak.

Wines are available by direct order. No cellar door.

Dickinson Estate Wines

Nestled in the heart of the Blackwood River Valley, Dickinson Estate is a James Halliday 5-star winery producing award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Merlot
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley
  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door

Details

  • Established:1994
  • Facilities:Appointment Only,No Cellar Door
  • Vineyards:8.52 hectares
  • Winemaker:Coby Ladwig, Luke Eckersley
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Dickinson Estate produces exceptional, cool-climate wines, produced from selected fruit grown on the Dickinson Estate Vineyard in the beautiful Blackwood Valley Wine Region.

Established in 1994, this property had unique beginnings’ as a sheep and cattle farm, providing rich soils and a natural fertiliser base for the vines to thrive in it’s winemaking future.  During the non-fruit bearing period, the farm sheep still graze amongst the vines, reducing the weed burden while at the same time, re-fertilizing the soils.

WINES

More than 450 hectares of premium varieties are under vine, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. Dickinson Estate was recognised in 2018 by James Haliday as a 50-star winery with several wines scoring over 95 points, and won gold and silver medals in the 2017 London International Wine Competition and various awards in Hong Kong and China.
 

Fairlady Estate

Inspired by the Minnis family's range of vintage Datsun Fairladys, this quaint estate was established in 2009 and specialises in Cab Sav, Riesling and Shiraz. Telephone and email sales only.

  • Wine Variety:Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Cabernet Sauvignon,Riesling
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley

Details

  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Cases Produced:300-500 cases
  • Established:2009
  • Winemaker:D. Dowden
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

Hillbille Winery

A boutique winery crafting 100% estate-grown, varietal wines from its stunning 59 hectare vineyard overlooking the majestic Blackwood River.

  • Wine Variety:Malbec,Viognier,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Rose,Semillon,Shiraz,Dessert,Sparkling
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley
  • Open Days/times:Appointment Only

Details

  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Established:1998
  • Vineyards:18.1 hectare
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Brands:HILLBILLÉ
  • Cases Produced:5000
  • Winemaker:Bruce Dukes

Description

The Hillbille property has been in the Bettridge family since the late 1980s and has a total area of 59 hectares. After many years supplying local wineries, Hillbille began making wines under its own label in 2003.

The Wines

The wines of Hillbille are all clean and austere, very much directed towards the European palate, and are all estate-grown. The Hillbille 'Estate' range is contemporary in style, providing excellent structure and balance to a range of classic grape varietals. Within this range are the Hillbille Chardonnay, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Merlot and Shiraz varieties.

The 'James Brittain' signature range is dedicated to the family's great-great-grandfather James Brittain, whose 'signature' is evident across the City of Perth on such heritage buildings including the Town Hall, Barracks Arch and Cloisters. This series of wines are from only premium fruit, and produced in very limited quantities. Varieties within the range include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz Viognier.

The wines are available to purchase on the Hillbille website and are also exported to Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Cellar Door

The cellar door at Hillbille is open from 10am-4pm on weekends and public holidays.  

Karafilis Organics

Karafilis Organics is a small, family owned and operated winery in the stunning Blackwood Valley region.

  • Open Days/times:Appointment Only
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley
  • Wine Variety:Merlot,Merlot Blend,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz

Details

  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases)

Description

Karafilis Organics love of the country lifestyle and the beautiful fertile region of the Blackwood valley in  gave rise to the dream of establishing a successful small organic vineyard and winery.

Producor Dion's family have farmed in the area for many years and understand the need to preserve and nurture healthy soils and create a sustainable lifestyle for their families.

This commitment is best seen at vintage when family members, young and old, gather from far and wide to pick, sort, crush and press the grapes.

This tradition from Dion's Mediterranean roots has continued now to the third generation of proud wine producers.

Nannup Estate

A 5 Star Halliday winery carefully crafting an award-winning range from one of Blackwood River wine region's highest altitude vineyards.

  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Shiraz,Tempranillo,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley

Details

  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Brands:Rolling Hills and Firetower ranges
  • Established:1998

Description

Late in the 19th century, roaming cattle were often found grazing on the grass of the granite hills which are now home to Nannup Estate. Farmers recognised the quality of the land and the location was one of the first to be taken up for agriculture in the region. Mark and Alison Blizard purchased the land in 1998, and recognised it had the perfect attributes to grow quality wine grapes.

During the growing season, the Nannup Ridge vines enjoy long hours of sunshine followed by cool evenings and moderate coastal breezes in the afternoon, resulting in idyllic growing conditions. Abundant water, granite loam soils and low frost and disease pressure all contribute to reliable quality and consistent vintages.

The Wines

Nannup Estate makes two wine ranges; Rolling Hills and Firetower.

The Rolling Hills range utilises the reliable temperature, climate and ancient granite soils of the region to produce high-quality fruit with distinct varietal characters, and includes a Merlot, Tempranillo, Malbec, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

The Firetower range takes its name from a Jarrah Firetower overlooking Nannup Estate that was built in the 1960s. The expansive view over the renowned Nannup Hills, the coastal plain and Blackwood River Valley made the tower ideal for spotting emerging bushfires. Within this range is a Cabernet Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz Malbec Tempranillo and Tempranillo Rose.

Halliday Rating

5 Stars

Nannup Ridge Estate

Set among the rolling hills and endless forests high on the Blackwood River Escarpment, Nannup Ridge Estate hosts a temperate climate, providing idyllic growing conditions.

  • Wine Variety:Merlot,Merlot Cabernet,Sauvignon Blanc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Shiraz
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley

Details

  • Brands:Nannup Ridge
  • Established:1998
  • Vineyards:31 hectares
  • Winemaker:Bruce Dukes, Michael Ng, Janice McDonald
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000

Description

<p> Sitting high on the granite ridges of the Blackwood River Escarpment and set inland from the Margaret River Township, Nannup Ridge Estate is host to 31 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz.</p> <p> The first vines were planted in 1998, with subsequent plantings taking place in 2000 and 2006. During the growing season, the vines are perfectly situated so they enjoy long hours of sunshine during the day and coastal breezes and cool evenings in the afternoon. Additionally, abundant water, granite loam soils and low frost and disease pressure all contribute to reliable quality and consistent vintages. </p> <p> The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon won Best in Show and Gold at the 2018 Timber Towns Wine Show. This Cabernet is highly perfumed with a leafy black fruit combination on the nose. It can be enjoyed now, however, medium term cellaring will enrich is complexity. </p> <p> Nannup Ridge Estate's 2016 Shiraz won Silver at the Timber Towns Regional Wine Show 2018. This generous and soft Shiraz displays a good depth of fruit. Cloves and plums are the notes on the nose, with a little sprinkle of spice. The palate holds a dry earthiness with the chalky tannins creating a gravelly loamy character.</p> <p> Winner of Silver at the Royal Hobart Wine Show 2013 and Silver at the Qantas WA Wine Show, the 2012 Merlot is a rich wine abound in aromas of red currant, macerated plums and hints of violets.</p> <p> The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon won Silver at the Australian Cool Climate Wine Show, Sydney Royal Wine Show and the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. This wine displays the bright fruit aromas of dark cherries and mulberries. It holds a palate laden with dark tones of leather, cassis and cedar. The finish boasts a succulent balance of fruit acidity and purity. Bringing the wine to an elegant and persistent close is the ripe velvety tannins. </p>

Red Gully Wines

A family-owned and operated vineyard 10km south of Nannup specialising in Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Semillon,Shiraz

Details

  • Brands:Red Gully Wines
  • Cases Produced:Less than 999
  • Established:1997
  • Vineyards:3 hectares
  • Winemaker:Contract
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Red Gully was established in 1997 to primarily grow red wine grapes and produce great wines that are based on the long ripening periods in this part of Western Australia. Owned and operated by the Walter family, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties were originally planted, alongside small blocks of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay and Semillon.

The Wines

Red Gully focuses on making Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which are available to order online with free delivery to the Perth Metropolitan area.

Scotts Brook Winery

Discover ultra-boutique regional wines from a family-owned and operated winery nestled in the heart of the quaint Boyup Brook township.

  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley

Details

  • Brands:Scott's Brook
  • Cases Produced:Less than 999
  • Vineyards:15 hectares
  • Facilities:Functions,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Scotts Brook was established in 1987 by local schoolteachers Brian Walker and Kerry as the second commercial vineyard in the district. The majority of the winery's 15 hectares of production is sold to other winemakers. Remaining limited quantities are made for the Scotts Brook label by longstanding contract winemakers.

The Wines

Varieties under the Scotts Brook label include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Shiraz.

Shedley Wines

Lose yourself within the bushland of Bridgetown at a family owned and operated vineyard where you can be a part of the action, helping with seasonal activities like picking fruit and bottling wines.

  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Cabernet Sauvignon,Port,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet
  • Open Days/times:Appointment Only
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley

Details

  • Winemaker:Chris Shedley
  • Cases Produced:800
  • Established:1992
  • Vineyards:4 hectares
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Appointment Only
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Operating from the Shedley family's 'Kingsley Downs' property, Shedleys Vineyard is located 16km east of Bridgetown in the farming district of Winnijup. The vineyard and winemaking enterprise only occupy 1% of the family's mixed farming property (which also includes sheep, harvest crops and blue gum plantation).

The Wines

The Shedley philosophy involves a hands-on approach to grape growing, winemaking and marketing. All vines are hand-pruned, grapes are handpicked, and wines are handmade using open fermentation, basket pressing and minimal fining or filtering. The vineyard is 3 hectares with roughly equal areas of Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. All plantings have trickle irrigation in place to prevent stress on the vines, which maximises the intensity of flavours and results in consistent, full-bodied wines.

The wine range includes a Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Shiraz, Franc & Ruby Port, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Cellar Door

Shedley Wines can be visited by appointment only. Those who visit are encouraged  to get involved in the grape growing and winemaking process, assisting with pruning, picking, crushing pressing and bottling wines. Chris Shedley teaches the practices of bottling, and visitors are rewarded for their efforts with wines for purchase at a heavily reduced price.

Unique Highlights

The Shedley farm has several sizeable areas of native bush which are easily accessible on foot. Notably, the sheep pastures, Eucalypt plantings and nearby Blackwood River provide scenic walking opportunities. Chris is also the great, great grandson of John Jacob who planted Jacobs Creek in the Barossa Valley, and a range of memorabilia is on display at the Shedley Cellar Door.

Sunnyhurst Winery

Stroll through beautiful gardens with 600 heritage roses and be welcomed by owner Marie-Pierre's at this family friendly cellar door, making delicate regional wines nearby picturesque Bridgetown. Cel

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc,Sparkling,Fortified,Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Sparkling Shiraz,Ruby Port
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Gallery
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:2000

Description

Located just 5 minutes from Bridgetown, Sunnyhurst Winery Estate is on the grounds of the historic 1896 Sunnyhurst Homestead which was known to be headquarters for the Red Cross during WWII. Since its establishment as a vineyard and winery in 2000, Sunnyhurst has used traditional winemaking methods and organic inspired viticulture. Currently owned by Geoff Herbert and Marie-Pierre Dussault, the Sunnyhurst philosophy emphasises hand-picked quality grapes, and the production of premium quality wines that reflect the taste of the region.

The white wines have great delicacy and flavour from a long cool fermentation, and reds are left to age in French oak that are recycled from Burgundy. All aspects of wine production are undertaken onsite, including bottling, corking, capsuling and labelling.

The Wines

Sunnyhurst varieties include Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Shiraz, Petit Verdot and a Ruby Port.

Cellar Door

The beautiful cellar door and art gallery at Sunnyhurst is open 7 days a week from 11am to 6pm. Owner Marie-Pierre Dussault provides complimentary tastings of the winery's award-winning wines. The cellar door area is very family friendly, featuring a kids' corner with wooden toys and colouring-in activities.

Unique Highlights

Customers are invited to wander through the beautiful gardens, admire the views of the Mattamatup and Blackwood River valleys and get a glimpse of the vineyard. The estate's romantic gardens display a collection of more than 600 rare and heritage roses, and an eclectic range of cottage plants and fruit trees - including an ancient, gigantic Moreton bay fig tree which dominates much of the property.

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