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Great Southern Wineries

The Great Southern is an immense wine region spanning 100km north to south, and 150km east to west. More than 30 cellar doors can be enjoyed in Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mt Barker & Porongorup. Climates range from strongly maritime influenced to moderately continental, and it’s said this combined with an ever-changing topography aids in the production of a wide variety of high quality grapes. The region however is especially renowned for riesling and shiraz.

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There are the immense eucalypts of the south coast near the pretty towns of Denmark and Albany; the striking round boulders and sweeping vistas of Porongurup; the harder blackboy country of Frankland River, and the softer rolling hills of Mt Barker. The region’s wine-making appeal was discovered by distinguished Californian viticulturist Professor Harold Olmo, who was retained by the WA government in 1955 to report on the status of the WA wine industry.

The first vines in the Great Southern were planted in 1859 in Mt Barker, the first wine subregion declared in Australia. Though largely open grazing country, there is a feeling of ‘oneness’ here, similar to a micro-terroir of France (1/100th of the size of Mt Barker).

Two hectares of cabernet sauvignon were planted at the Boyanup Vineyard in the neighbouring Porongurups in 1974, while the first vineyard in the Frankland River region was planted in 1968. Originally owned by the wealthy Roche family of Perth, it is an important vineyard now owned by Houghton and known as Netley Brook Vineyard, producing ultra-premium grapes. In 1971, Merv and Judy Lange began the highly rated Alkoomi vineyard and winery.

Great Southern Riesling

While, historically, Clare Valley in South Australia has always been regarded as the Australian region for riesling, the Great Southern, headed by the subregions of Frankland River and Mt Barker, is challenging this notion. With more top-end riesling than Clare and even Eden Valley, the Great Southern is becoming the major player in Australia for this increasingly popular variety.

Fast Facts

Wineries: 68
Latitude: 34°08’S
Altitude: 50-300m
Season Rainfall: 313mm
Harvest: Early March to early May

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

Guides


3drops

Owned by the Bradbury family, 3 Drops specialises in premium, cool-climate wines from the Great Southern, and extra virgin olive oil from Greek Spanish and Italian varieties grown on the property.

  • Open Days/times:Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Riesling,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc

Details

  • Brands:3drops
  • Cases Produced:5000 cases
  • Established:1998
  • Vineyards:21.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Robert Diletti (Contract)
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Great Southern:Mount Barker

Description

Established in 1998 in Mt Barker by husband and wife Joanne and John, 3 Drops 15ha of vineyards is planted mostly with riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet, pinot and shiraz.  In 2002, Rob Diletti joined as winemaker and brought great acclaim, awards and trophies to the winery. 

The olive grove has some 2000 olive trees planted, including (Italian, Greek and Spanish varieties. and is a significant part of the property.  The olives, like the grapes, take on cool-climate characteristics and the extra virgin olive oil is well-known for its complex, balanced, spicy flavours. 

The winery exports to China, Hong Kong and South Korea.

The Wines
The range of wines at 3 Drops is concise and play to the strengths of the region, in particular, the highly regarded and age-worthy riesling and elegant pinot noir. Winemaker Rob Diletti, who was awarded James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year in 2014, has produced some of the region’s best examples. The sauvignon blanc and cabernets, a blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, were the first wines to be produced. The range has since expanded to eight wines including shiraz, merlot, chardonnay, a rose, riesling and pinot noir.

Wine Tasting
There is no cellar door open to the public.

Unique Highlights
The pinot noir, the riesling, and the extra-virgin olive oil, which is available for purchase in good food merchants in Mt Barker town, and surrounding towns.

Halliday Rating
5 Black Stars

Abbey Creek Vineyard

Take in the stunning views of the Porongurup range from the cellar door, open 7 days, while tasting multi-award winning wines crafted at this boutique family-owned winery by winemaker Rob Diletti.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Rose,Dessert
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:10am - 5pm Daily

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1990
  • Cases Produced:800 cases
  • Vineyards:1.6 hectares
  • Winemaker:Castle Rock Estate (Robert Diletti)
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Great Southern:Porongurup

Description

Mary and Mike Dilworth established Abbey Creek in 1990 and the original pinot noir and riesling vines were planted in the same year. The cabernet vines were planted in 1993 and now grafted to pinot noir, and the sauvignon blanc vines were planted much later in 2006. Mike remains in the role of viticulturist and Rob Diletti makes the wines.

The name ‘Abbey Creek’ is a combination of two geological markers at the estate: the creek that runs (in winter) alongside the vineyard; and the view of The Abbey in the Stirling Range, WA’s highest collection of peaks. The vineyards are nestled on the northern slope of the Porongurup range, providing a dramatic backdrop when looking over the vineyard towards the main house.

The Wines
The Porongurup sub-region in the Great Southern is known for producing long-lived rieslings with distinct floral characteristics, and pinots that show bright cherry, pomegranate and red berry characteristics. The wines have been time and again selected for medals and trophies at both regional and national wine shows within Australia, claiming a total of 9 wine show trophies.   

Wine Tasting
Visitors can enjoy the wines on tasting at the cellar door (open 7 days 10-5 ‘when the flag is flying and the sign is out’), an old shearing shed with views over the vineyards and the Kalgan plain. 

Unique Highlights
The view of the Porongurup Range, and the proximity to it.  The wine range is magnificent and concise, the views are picturesque.

Halliday Rating
5 Black Stars

Alkoomi Wines

This third generation property in Frankland River is one of WA’s largest family owned and operated wineries and produces superb cool-climate wines with cellar door and accommodation.

  • Wine Variety:Malbec,Merlot,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Viognier,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Dessert,Rose,Merlot Cabernet,Muscat
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:Daily 10am to 5pm. Closed Good Friday, the morning of ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Details

  • Established:1971
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Cellar Door
  • Great Southern:Frankland River
  • Cases Produced:52000 cases
  • Vineyards:106.16 hectares
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Located just outside of the town of Frankland River, the Alkoomi estate is part of a 1220 acre family property, settled in 1946 by Sandy’s grandparents.  The land was originally used for farming livestock and grain. In 1971, the first hectare of cabernet vines was planted and has since expanded to approximately 100ha and include shiraz, malbec, riesling and sauvignon blanc.  The stone-walled cellar door overlooks the vineyards to the south and the vast landscape beyond. Open seven days a week, from 10am - 5pm, the cellar door also serves as a function centre for weddings and other large events.

The wine labels each feature the iconic Australian Grass Tree, and the icon wines are named after native Australian timbers: Wandoo, Blackbutt, Melaleuca and Jarrah.

The Wines
Winemaker Andrew Cherry has been with the Hallett family since 2010 and has amassed an impressive collection of medals, trophies and high scores for the Alkoomi wines.  The portfolio contains three separate ranges, the Icon wines (the best from each vintage), the Black Label wines (intended for mid-long term cellaring, premium fruit), and the White Label wines (intended for early drinking, short term cellaring). Varieties include riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet, malbec, shiraz and a selection of sweet wines (muscat, late harvest and a rose).

Wine Tasting
Taste the wines at the family run cellar door.

Unique Highlights
Alkoomi offers guest chalet accommodation on the property. 

Halliday Rating
Five Red Stars

Arcadia Wines

Experience the spectacular, ever-changing panorama of the Stirling Ranges at this peaceful family-owned winery producing award-winning wines and delicious woodfired pizzas.

  • Wine Variety:Riesling,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door and Cafe: Fri to Sun 10am to 4pm
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Micro (1-999 cases)
  • Great Southern:Mount Barker
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Brands:Arcadia
  • Cases Produced:850 cases
  • Established:1997
  • Winemaker:James Kellie
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Vineyards:4 hectares

Description

Located between the Great Southern region’s Stirling and Porongurup Ranges, Arcadia Wines winery was established by John and Gaye Robinson in 1998, who visited Kendenup from Perth one weekend while looking for a getaway property. This single vineyard was first planted in 1997 on fertile slopes that dip into the picturesque creek known locally as 'Dead Man's Creek'.

The beautiful views of the Stirling Range inspired the name 'Arcadia', used in Roman and Greek poetry as a place where people were believed to enjoy the perfect life.

Great Southern regional heroes Riesling and Shiraz are the focus along with beautiful, cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cellar Door

Make the most of Arcadia Wines’ spectacular views of the Stirling Ranges with a wine tasting, platter or woodfired pizza at the cosy cellar door and cafe, open Friday to Sunday 10am - 5pm. A range of events take place throughout the year too including live music, dining opportunities and more.

 

Brave New Wine

A husband and wife duo and three-time Young Gun of Wine finalist making highly original, small batch, rustic, minimal intervention wines from a range of superb Great Southern vineyards.

  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Riesling,Shiraz

Details

  • Established:2012
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 2011 - 2019
  • Great Southern:Denmark

Description

Established in 2012, Brave New Wine is an adventure in wine by Andries and Yoko Luscher-Mostert. While working towards owning their own vineyard, the pair source fruit which is expressive of place and utilises organic/biodynamic management from high quality sites in the Great Southern. Wines are created utilising natural ferments, high quality fruit and traditional oak. Brave New Wine is a three-time finalist in Australia’s Young Gun of Wine Awards which recognise the most interesting new players in the nation’s wine scene.

The Wines

Every new wine gets a brand new, custom designed label by Yoko each vintage. The creatively-named collection includes a 'Magical Animal' Chardonnay, 'Dreamland' Riesling and 'Shadenfreude' Shiraz.

 

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.

Castelli Estate

Established in 2007 and renowned for producing high-quality wines sourced from some of the very best Great Southern and Pemberton vineyards in Western Australia.

  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz,Sparkling,Syrah,Tempranillo,Viognier
  • Open Days/times:Tue to Sun 11am to 3pm; Restaurant: Tue to Sun 11:30 am to 8:30pm (kitchen open from 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 8.00pm)

Details

  • Brands:il Liris, Estate, Empirica, Blend, The Sum
  • Cases Produced:10,000 cases
  • Established:2007
  • Winemaker:Mike Garland
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Great Southern:Denmark
  • Cellar Door Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner Open:Saturday,Sunday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • Facilities:Cellar Door

Description

In 2004 Sam Castelli purchased land and a partially finished winery building on what is now the Castelli Estate, with the intention of using it as a family holiday home.  After finishing the winery building, Sam decided to continue what the previous owners had started and turned it into an operating winery after all. So began a bright and star-studded journey. 

Sam Castelli didn’t stop the construction at a winery. The estate now boasts a cellar door which is open 7 days, 10am-5pm, and a bistro restaurant which is open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner.  There is accomodation at The Lodge just next to the restaurant, with premium rooms and expansive views over Mt Lindsay, the vineyards, and the green rolling hills and Karri trees so typical of the Denmark countryside.

The Wines
The wines are made by local winemaker Mike Garland and are consistently awarded high scores from national wine press, and enjoy medals and trophies at wine shows around Australia.

Five ranges of wine are sourced exclusively from the Home Block vineyard in Denmark, and vineyards in Mt Barker, Pemberton, The Porongurups and Frankland River.

Wines available to try and purchase include riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz, cabernet, grenache, a sparkling and a dessert wine.  The winery also makes a selection of alternate varietal wines, including an orange chardonnay and an iced viognier.

Wine Tasting
Cellar door in Denmark on Mt Shadforth drive, or the newly built (2018) ‘urban cellar door’ in Myaree.

Unique Highlights
Winery, cellar door, restaurant and lodge on the property.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Castle Rock Estate

Enjoy stunning views of the Porongurups and superb cool climate wines at the cellar door, home to wine judge and winemaker Rob Diletti, awarded James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year in 2014.

  • Wine Variety:Muscat,Sauvignon Blanc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Shiraz,Sparkling
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:Sat & Sun 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Established:1983
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Functions
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Great Southern:Porongurup
  • Cases Produced:4500 cases
  • Vineyards:11.2 hectares
  • Winemaker:Robert Diletti

Description

Quietly spoken and considered winemaker Rob Diletti is renowned for his ability to coax the best from every parcel of fruit and vineyard that he handles, and for producing wines that year after year amass an unbelievable amount of high reviews, trophies and medals. Rob is also an extremely well-regarded and sought-after wine judge at shows around Australia, and contract winemaker for a large number of estates in and around the Porongurup sub-region. 

Castle Rock Estate was founded in the Porongroups in 1983 and from humble beginnings has grown into a 55ha property. 

The Wines
The riesling, pinot noir and shiraz are the heroes of the Castle Rock range. The rieslings have proven themselves to be exceedingly well suited to long-term cellaring, but are still approachable in their youth thanks to the white floral characterics of the Porongurup sub-region.  The pinot noir is famed for its consistency and silky, red cherry fruit, and the cool climate syrah is a shining light for the style.  Other wines include sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet franc, merlot and a dessert wine.

Wine Tasting
The cellar door features expansive views of the Porongurup range, and is open 7 days, 10am - 5pm.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Star

Ducketts Mill

Wine from Ducketts Mill and more than 40 varieties of Denmark Farmhouse Cheese, all produced by Ross and Dallas Lewis, can be tasted at the homely cellar door in picturesque Scotsdale Valley.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet,Chardonnay,Merlot,Muscat,Port,Riesling,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Fortified,Sparkling,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door & Shop: Everyday 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1997
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Great Southern:Denmark
  • Cases Produced:800 cases
  • Vineyards:8 hectares
  • Winemaker:Harewood Estate (James Kellie)
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

The land on which the Ducketts Mill winery is located started out with a small 5 acre planting of riesling, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Additional plantings have increased the total vineyard area to 18 acres. 

Combining their love for cheese and wine, Ross and Dallas Lewis run a homely cellar door nestled in the lush Scotsdale Valley.  Set in an old timber farmstead and overlooking the vineyard, visitors can settle back and enjoy cheese platters matched to the cool-climate wines from the estate in Denmark. 

There are more than 40 varieties of cheese made under the Denmark Farmhouse Cheese brand and everything is made from locally sourced dairy produce. Left over milk is used to make ice-cream and fudge.

The Wines
Winemaker James Kellie is responsible for the concise collection of wines at Duckett’s Mill.  Sauvignon blanc, riesling, semillon, chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and franc are all grown on the estate vineyards.  There is also a small collection of fortified wines, which are well-matched to the generous cheese and meat platters.

Wine Tasting
All wines and cheeses are available for tasting at the cellar door on Scotsdale Road from Monday to Sunday, 10-5.

Unique Highlights
Cheese, jam, chutney, fudge, premium home-made ice-cream and wines are all made at Duckett’s Mill and are available for purchase at the cellar door.

Duke's Vineyard

Enjoy ‘James Halliday’s Riesling of the Year (2017)’, superb shiraz and cabernet and stunning views from the Porongurup cellar door and gallery, custom designed by artist Hilde Ranson.

  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Mon to Sun 10am - 4:30pm
  • Wine Variety:Rose,Dessert,Cabernet Sauvignon,Riesling,Shiraz
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Cases Produced:3500 cases
  • Vineyards:10 hectares
  • Winemaker:Robert Diletti
  • Established:1998
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Great Southern:Porongurup

Description

What began as a ‘retirement dream’ in the late nineties for Hilde and Duke has turned into an incredibly successful winery business.  The 25 acres of vineyards are planted exclusively to riesling, cabernet and shiraz, and due to the cool climate location at the western end of the Porongurup Range, the wines enjoy an elegance and spice that is endemic to the region. 

Hilde Ranson is a celebrated artist and responsible for designing the cellar door overlooking the vineyards and the dramatic curves of the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges. The cellar door also doubles as an art gallery, Hildes Gallery at Dukes, and a function area. 

The winery has been listed in James Halliday’s Wine Companion’s Top 100 wineries every year since 2013, and in 2017 the Magpie Hill riesling was James Halliday’s Riesling of the Year. 

The Wines
With celebrated local winemaker Rob Diletti at the winemaking helm, the wine range is concise but very high quality, and Dukes is widely regarded as one of the best riesling producers in the Great Southern GI.  The wine ranges consist of four Single Vineyard wines, four Magpie Hill Reserve wines, and a sparkling shiraz and riesling. 

The cool climate vineyards produce age-worthy wines of elegance, structure and finesse.

Wine Tasting
Wines are available for tasting at the gallery and cellar door, which is open seven days 10-5pm.

Unique Highlights
Custom designed cellar door by artist Hilde Ranson, award winning wines and spectacular views over the Ranges from the tasting room.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Star

Estate 807

Taste a variety of quality still and sparkling wines at the modern cellar door with sweeping views of the vines and roaming Alpacas, or a meal at AJAR restaurant, with indoor and outdoor seating.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:Cellar Door: Thurs to Sun 10am to 4pm, Restaurant: Sat & Sun 10am to 4pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Thursday
  • Lunch Open:Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Great Southern:Denmark
  • Winemaker:James Kellie, Mike Garland, and Coby Ladwig
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Functions,Restaurant
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Brands:Estate 807
  • Established:1998
  • Vineyards:4.2 hectares

Description

Dr Stephen Junk and Ola Tylestam have swapped a life of hospitals and finance for wine, animals and fresh air.   The vineyards are roamed by alpacas, Wiltshire sheep, chickens and ducks which looks after most of the weeds and pests, while the four generations of Cocker Spaniel dogs feature on one of the wine range’s labels. 

 

The Wines

The property boasts a selection of clones of pinot noir and chardonnay, used to make both still and sparkling wine.  The cool climate growing area assists in high natural acidity and minerality in the wines, while the warm days through summer give a long ripening season for the grapes.  Winemakers Mike Garland and James Kellie produce a variety of wines including riesling, sauvignon blanc, shiraz, cabernet, a dessert wine and two sparkling wines.

 

Wine Tasting:

The modern cellar door is perched on the side of a hill overlooking the pinot noir vines.  The AJAR restaurant is just next door and offers a wide selection of dishes alongside the Estate 807 wines.  There is indoor and outdoor seating, the deck offers sweeping views of the vineyards.  Both are open Thursday to Sunday 10am - 4pm.

 

Unique Highlights:

Scenic views from the cellar door, restaurant and tasting area.

 

Halliday Rating:

4 Black Stars

Express Winemakers

A pint-sized wine operation headed by Denmark local newcomer Ryan O'Meara with the sole endeavour to produce honest and expressive single vineyard wines.

  • Wine Variety:Syrah,Tempranillo,Chenin Blanc,Riesling,Rose
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Size & Year:Established 2011 - 2019
  • Great Southern:Mount Barker
  • Established:2011
  • Winemaker:Ryan O'Meara
  • Facilities:Appointment Only

Description

Express Winemakers is Ryan O'Meara's pint-sized wine operation from the great south of Western Australia. Established in 2011, Ryan has assembled a group of top-flight vineyards from the Great Southern region that supply him with quality fruit to make his contemporary and creative range of wines. Express Winemakers aim for minimal intervention at every level, avoiding additives and emphasising single-vineyard sites.

Varieties include a Tempranillo Garnacha blend, Riesling, Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Syrah and Rose. Wines are available online and through selected retailers.

 

Ferngrove Wines

Situated within the picturesque, undulating lands of Frankland River amidst farmland, forest and olive groves, this grand cellar door showcases a broad range of award-winning regional wines.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Shiraz,Malbec,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Sauvignon Blanc,Cabernet Merlot,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Sparkling,Muscat,Rose,Semillon,Mourvedre
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,BBQ Facilities,Picnic Facilities
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Great Southern:Frankland River
  • Vineyards:340 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Located in Frankland River 90 kilometres from the coast amidst the Great Southern’s valleys and slopes, the Ferngrove site was selected in 1998. The vineyard is nestled in undulating farmland surrounded by olive groves, wheat, sheep and cattle which enable a sheltered environment to grow grapes, while it still receives the cooling ocean influence for elegant fruit.

Ferngrove Wines are known for their intense flavour, fine acid and tannins that are truly reflective of the Frankland River region style. A range of varieties are produced across multiple price brackets, delivering value at each level. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet blends are the focus.

The winery is also the site of one of Australia’s largest winery solar power systems, using 696 panels to power all of its operations.

Wine Tasting

The grand Ferngrove Wines cellar door is situated among the stunning Stirling Ranges in Frankland River. Wine tastings are offered daily from 10am – 4pm.

Halliday Rating

4.5 Stars

 

 

 

Forest Hill Estate

Surrounded by Karri trees this stunning hillside winery is home to WA’s oldest cool-climate vineyard, cellar door and fine-dining restaurant, producing stunning wines from vines planted in 1965.

  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Thur to Sun 10:30am to 5pm; Restaurant: Thur to Sun Lunch, Friday Dinner
  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Malbec,Dessert,Sparkling,Gewurztraminer,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Vineyards:65 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Lunch Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Functions,Restaurant
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner Open:Friday
  • Great Southern:Denmark
  • Cases Produced:12000 cases

Description

Forest Hill has an interesting pioneer history and was once owned by the Holmes a Court family of Vasse Felix in Margaret River. In 1996 the vineyards were bought by the Lyons family, the current owners and old farming family from the Great Southern. The winery and cellar door were established in 2004 and the fine-dining restaurant, Pepper and Salt, is a popular wedding destination and from its elevated position has commanding views of the valley and estate vineyards.

 

The Wines:

The vineyard at Forest Hill winery was the site of the first grape plantings in the Great Southern in 1965, making it one of the oldest operating wineries in Western Australia.  The first vintage, a cabernet and a riesling, was released in 1972.  The cabernet was made by Jack Mann at Houghton Winery in the Swan Valley and the riesling by his son Dorham, at Sandalford.   

Today the wines are made by Guy Lyons and Liam Carmody.  There are 14 wines made at Forest Hill which include riesling, sauvignon blanc, gewurtztraminer, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and Malbec.

The Block Series wines are sourced from old dry-grown vineyards, and the riesling is often the recipient of medals and trophies at wineshows around the country.

 

Wine Tasting:

Positioned beneath the Pepper and Salt restaurant, and built into a stone cellar, the cellar door is open Thursday through Sunday 10.30am - 5pm. 

 

Unique Highlights:

Picturesque setting, dramatic backdrop of Karri trees, fine dining restaurant, exceptional cool-climate wines.

 

Halliday Rating:

5 Red Stars

 

 

Frankland Estate

Taste stunning cool climate wines and renowned aware-winning rieslings at the beautiful Frankland River estate, with cellar door open Monday to Friday and weekends by appointment.

  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Riesling,Shiraz
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • Cases Produced:15000 cases
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Great Southern:Frankland River
  • Vineyards:34.5 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Established in 1988 by Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam and located at the northern end of the Frankland River roughly 250kms east of Margaret River, Frankland Estate produces upwards of 15,000 cases each year.  The estate remains family owned and is largely run by Barrie and Judi’s children Hunter and Elizabeth Smith. 

35 acres of vineyards include many parcels nestled in areas of bushland surrounded by native plants and natural land formations which make the Frankland River viticultural region so beautiful. The soils are gravelly ironstone and contribute minerality to the wines.

 

The Wines:

The wines focus on site expression and terroir and the winery is best known for its award winning rieslings.  The Smith’s have been hosting an important annual riesling masterclass for more than a decade, which now travels interstate and features some of the greatest rieslings and riesling producers globally.  The family all travel widely and have worked in vineyards in Europe.  The winery and cellar door operate sustainably and since 2009 has been certified organic. 

Varieties include riesling, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and shiraz and due to the cold nights and warm days, have very high natural acidity and display many cool climate characteristics while retaining great power and presence. 

Winemakers: Hunter Smith, Brian Kent

 

Wine Tasting:

Wines are available for tasting at the cellar door Monday - Friday 10-4, and on public holidays and weekends by appointment. 

 

Unique Highlights:

The award winning rieslings, organic certification, family owned and operated business.

 

Halliday Rating:

5 Red Stars

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