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Blackwood River Valley Wine Region Wineries in South West

Wineries in Australias South West


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

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.

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

Details

  • 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
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010

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.

Bridgetown Winery

Situated on the Blackwood River just 9km from Bridgetown townsite, handcrafted Shiraz, Sparkling Shiraz, Barbera, Tempranillo and Fortified wines can be tasted at the cellar door.

  • Wine Variety:Barbera,Durif,Tempranillo,Muscat,Tawny,Ruby,Shiraz,Sparkling Shiraz,Fortified
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley
  • Open Days/times:Open weekends & public holidays from 10am - 5pm and week days by appointment

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Holidays,Sunday
  • Brands:Pump Shed, Blackwood River, Bridgetown Bubbles
  • Winemaker:Lyn Metcalf
  • Types & Styles:Estate Grown,Basket Pressed,Family Run,Traditional Method,Alternative wine styles,Single Vineyard
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases)
  • Established:2003
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Vineyards:2 acres

Description

Bridgetown Winery is a stunning 14 acre property sitting alongside the Blackwood River. Grapes grown on the property are Shiraz, Barbera, Tempranillo, Durif and Brown Muscat. All wine produced is from grapes grown on the property or from properties 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 on weekends and public holidays from 10am to 5pm and on week days by appointment (0448 810 960)

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

Details

  • Vineyards:8.52 hectares
  • Winemaker:Coby Ladwig, Luke Eckersley
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door,Appointment Only
  • Established:1994
  • 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 Region:Blackwood River Valley
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz

Details

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

Description

Family winery in Bridgetown Western Australia

Hillbillé Winery

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

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

Details

  • 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
  • Facilities:Appointment Only

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 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

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

 

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.

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.

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

Details

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

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,Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Sparkling Shiraz,Ruby,Sparkling,Fortified
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley

Details

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

Tammar Gully Wines

A boutique family vineyard that prides itself on its highly-awarded Shiraz and focused wine range grown at their respected vineyard in Boyup Brook.

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

Details

  • Brands:Tammar Gully Wines
  • Cases Produced:2,500-4,999
  • Established:1994
  • Vineyards:8.46 hectares
  • Winemaker:Coby Ladwig
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Formerly grape growers for Goundreys and Wolf Blass, Tammar Gully Vineyard now produce their own selection of wines which are made under contrast by Coby Ladwig, the senior winemaker at Rockcliffe Wines in Denmark. Owned by Trevor and Mary Dickinson, the wines have been very successful on the wine award circuit, particularly at the Timber Towns Regional Wine Show and the WA Boutique Wine Show.

Though Tammar Gully does not have a cellar door, they offer frequent tastings of their wines at various events across Perth. Check the Tammar Gully Wines Facebook page for regular updates.

The Wines

Award-winning varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The wines are available for order on the Tammar Gully website, or can be purchased from over 40 stockists throughout WA.

Tanglewood Wines

A micro-boutique winery making an exclusive range of small batch Cabernet, Merlot and Viognier made from their vineyard near the highest point of the Darling Scarp in the rolling hills of Bridgetown.

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

Details

  • Cases Produced:500 cases
  • Established:1999
  • Vineyards:6.2 hectares
  • Winemaker:Hamish Hume, Bernie Stanlake
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Set amongst the rolling hills of Bridgetown, the first vines at Tanglewood were planted in 1999. Close to the highest point on the Darling Scarp, the winery's warm climate, well-drained soils and gravelly loams provide quality advantages for the fruit produced. Being a small batch boutique winery, focus is placed on producing a small variety of wines at a very high calibre.

The Wines

Tanglewood varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Merlot and Viognier. As the winery does not have a cellar door, wines are available for purchase online and in speciality wine stores. A portion of Tanglewood wine is also exported to Manila and China.

Whimwood Estate Wines

A very hands-on vineyard and winery known for its nationally-awarded still and sparkling wines produced with a meticulous oak program at the family estate, located alongside the Blackwood River.

  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Shiraz,Rosé
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Established:2011

Description

Owned and operated by Maree Tinker and Steve Johnstone, Whimwood Estate is situated alongside the Blackwood River near the old timber milling town of Nannup. The original vineyard was planted with Chardonnay vines in 2004. It was reduced significantly (and some wines grafted to Shiraz) in 2010 to focus on quality, closely monitor the fruit and select the very best grapes. Considerable effort is placed on the oak program, working with single forest selections from France to ensure the right spice, toast and flavours.

The Wines

Varieties offered at Whimwood include Rose, Chardonnay, Shiraz and a Sparkling Blanc de Blancs. The Whimwood wines have received multiple accolades from competitions including the Perth Royal Wine Show, the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, and the National Wine Show of Australia. Wines can be tasted and purchased from the cellar door and or on the Whimwood website.

Cellar Door 

Steve and Maree welcome you to their cellar door at Whimwood, overlooking the majestic Blackwood River valley.  The cellar door  is open weekends and public holidays, 11am to 4pm and provides light lunches, including locally sourced and produced platters that compliment the range of wines.  Wine tastings and wine sales. The cellar door area is family and dog friendly.

Halliday Rating

4 Stars

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