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Wineries in Bickley


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Aldersyde Estate

Mother & daughter team, Di and Lara, run Perth’s Hills’ oldest continually operating winery, producing small batches of handcrafted reds sold only at the cellar door in the stunning Bickley Valley.

  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Open Days/times:Weekends 1pm to 5pm, public holidays by appointment
  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Shiraz

Details

  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Vineyards:2.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Lara Bray
  • Established:1974
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Cases Produced:600 cases

Description

Formerly known as Piesse Brook Wines, Aldersyde is a stunning boutique winery located in the Bickley Valley and the oldest continually operating winery in the Perth Hills.

This is a traditional family winery in the truest sense. Specializing in hand crafted wines from fruit grown entirely on the estate vineyard, practically all the winemaking procedures are done by hand, from picking and sorting the grapes to winding up the hydraulic wooden basket press.

Relatives and friends join in and help at critical times, including vintage and pruning, but Aldersyde is essentially a mother-daughter operation, with Lara looking after the vines and winemaking and mother, Di, in charge of cellar door sales. 

Increasingly, the focus in the cellar is to produce more natural wines, using foot-treading and hand-plunging (pigéage) with pumpovers during fermentation and indigenous yeasts instead of manufactured yeasts and products.

Six wines are produced: Saignée, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Shiraz, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Production is limited to approximately 100 dozen per wine style and the wines are not available for retail elsewhere, making the cellar door experience quite unique.

Wines are available for tasting by appointment at the tiny cellar door, with the gorgeous wine-covered terrace overlooking the vines. Di runs the cellar door but Lara is often also available to chat whilst you savour a delicious glass of wine and Zoe the winery dog entertains the kids.

THE WINEMAKER

Larissa (also known as Lara) Bray is one of the quiet achievers of the Western Australian wine industry and a third-generation vigneron in the Perth Hills.

After a short career as a lawyer in Canberra and London, Lara studied winemaking at Adelaide University and then gained formidable experience by working vintage at iconic Australian wineries - Brokenwood, Mt Mary and Vasse Felix; Chard Farm in Central Otago; then Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire, Northern and Southern Rhone, and Barolo.

After working as assistant winemaker at Cape Mentelle from 2004 until 2007, Lara left to work with her mother, Di, at the family winery.

In 2008, Lara joined a distinguished group who have been dux of the Len Evans Tutorial - 'the most exclusive wine school in the world' says James Halliday, and has judged at wine shows throughout Australia and in New Zealand.

THE VINEYARD

The climate in the Perth Hills is typically Mediterranean with cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers, mediated by cooling afternoon sea breezes and night temperatures 2-3 degrees cooler than Perth or the Swan Valley. The climate has been likened to that of the Douro Valley in Portugal. MJT Kalamunda in the Bickley locality is 23.1°C, RH 45%, rainfall 900-1200mm.

Soils comprise underlying granitic quartz clays at depths from half a metre to 3 metres. The top vineyard and the top half of the bottom vineyard are planted on hilltop slopes and comprise gravels with medium to light loam content. The lower half of the bottom vineyard is in a gently sloping valley and consists of mostly loams and alluvial soils. Because of the underlying clay subsoil, soils tend to retain good moisture levels throughout the growing season. Drip irrigation is applied if necessary.

 

Ashley Estate

Join the Giles Family for a vertical tasting of reds in the rustic shearing shed-turned cellar door, nestled in the Willunga foothills just outside of Perth.

  • Wine Variety:Pinot Noir
  • Open Days/times:Sat & Sun 11am to 5pm by appointment
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Cases Produced:150 cases
  • Brands:Ashley Estate
  • Established:1988
  • Vineyards:0.8 hectares
  • Winemaker:Josh Davenport

Description

The Giles Family have a long history in farming and wine in Australian. William Giles was the first pioneer to bring grapes, olives and oranges to South Australia. Members of the Giles family moved from the Clare Valley to Willunga in 1936 to run a large dairy and sheep farm, which is now home to over 1000 sheep and 36 hectares of Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot and Pinot.

Cellar Door

The cellar door at Ashley Estate is open Saturdays, Sundays and most public holidays from 11am to 5pm. There are generally between 5 and 6 vintage reds available for tasting, and an additional ‘Hidden Pinot Cave’ onsite offers tastings of the Estate’s Pinot Noir varieties.  

Brookside Vineyard & Restaurant

A leafy, five-acre property with old English style gardens, mature trees, gentle streams, rustic cellar door, award-winning wines and iconic restaurant serving the finest meals in Bickley Valley.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sparkling
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Vineyards:5 hectares
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Cases Produced:400 cases
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays

Description

Located in the picturesque Bickley Valley, Brookside is one of the smallest and loveliest grape producing properties in Western Australia.  

Owners Peter and Fay Fels take a hands-on approach to make sure only the finest Cabernet and Chardonnay grapes find their way into Brookside's award-winning wines, which can be enjoyed at the rustic cellar door, open on Saturday and Sunday from 11am till 4pm.

The ‘Vineyard Kitchen’ serves some of the finest meals in the Perth hills and prides itself on using only the freshest local ingredients sourced from their own garden and small, high-quality local producers, including the finest free-range meats from the renowned Mondo's Butchers and local vegetables from Lou and Marisa's Grower Direct just up the road in Lesmurdie. The restaurant is open for lunch on Thursday to Sunday. Bookings are always recommended on 9227 7715.

FUNCTIONS
Brookside is a stunning venue for boutique weddings, able to host both the ceremony and reception in the vineyard and surrounding gardens. The property only caters for fifty guests for a formal wedding or up to eighty for a cocktail function.

 

Carldenn Homestead Wines

A small family winery with an expansive range of vintage wines to be enjoyed whilst relaxing at the open bar and on handcrafted jarrah picnic tables on the ridge of the stunning Bickley Valley.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Chardonnay Semillon,Classic Dry White,Port,Semillon,Sparkling,Shiraz
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Open Days/times:Weekends & public holidays 9am to 5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Holidays,Saturday,Sunday
  • Established:1998
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Vineyards:0.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Bella Ridge Estate (Alon Arbel)
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cases Produced:700 cases

Description

As Kalamunda locals, Dennis and Carline Humphrey are no strangers to the terrain of the Perth Hills. With encouragement from local wine guru Peter Fimmel, Chardonnay and Semillon varieties were first planted in 1998 on the famous Red Gum soil high on the western ridge of the Bickley Valley.

The Wines

Carldenn Homestead Wines offer an expansive variety of reds, whites and sparkling wines designed to appeal to any palette. Each vintage has a unique character with different complexities, from the fresh fruit and creamy finish of the unwooded Chardonnay to the full-bodied, bold and delicious Shiraz.

Cellar Door

Located amongst the bushland of Walliston, Carldenn Homestead's cellar door includes an open bar and picnic area with handcrafted jarrah tables made by Dennis himself. After eating and drinking, you are free to wander amongst the vines. 

Hainault Vineyard & Cafe

Unwind on the verandah of this boutique, family-owned cellar door and dog-friendly cafe serving lunch platters full of organic produce and set with gorgeous views of the Bickley Valley.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Gewurztraminer,Pinot Noir,Semillon,Semillon Chardonnay,Rose,Sparkling,Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills

Details

  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Facilities:Functions,Restaurant,Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Vineyards:17 acres
  • Established:1980

Description

Nestled in Jarrah forest on the Darling Scarp at an elevation of 400 metres, Hainault is the highest vineyard in Western Australia, and is in one of the coldest parts of the State. The 17 acre property was replanted as a vineyard in 1978 by Peter Fimmel, one of the pioneers of the then infant Perth Hills Wine Region.

Owners Michael and Lyn Sykes purchased the vineyard in 2002, with an objective to produce premium quality varietal wines whilst further developing a style synonymous with the Perth Hills. The couple's relationship with the environment is signified in Hainault's logo of a Boobook owl, an animal native to the area, and viticulture and land management practices reflect their commitment to sustainability. Hainault also prides itself on being pet friendly, and it's common to see the Sykes family Kelpies at their cafe.

The Wines

All Hainault wines are made from estate grown, hand harvested fruit using minimal interventions. Among an extensive range, Hainault produces a traditional method Sparkling Pinot Noir, Semillon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Rose, Cabernet Merlot Blend, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cellar Door

Wine tastings and cellar sales are available Saturday to Monday from 11am-5pm.

The Food

Open for lunch Saturday to Monday from 11am-5pm, the Hainault Cafe offers nibbles, platters, hearty mains and delicious desserts on a verandah overlooking the stunning vineyard. All food is prepared on premises and made to order using locally sourced organic produce whenever possible, and several vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available.

The Packing Shed At Lawnbrook

Tucked away in the Bickley Valley, the Lawnbrook Estate and Packing Shed Restaurant provide arelaxed atmosphere with cellar-door sales and rustic home-cooked meals in picturesque surroundings.

  • Open Days/times:Fri to Sun 9am to 4pm
  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Semillon Chardonnay,Shiraz,Tempranillo,Pinot blend
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Breakfast Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Brands:Lawnbrook Estate
  • Established:Reopened 2017
  • Winemaker:Matt Bowness
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food,Restaurant
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cases Produced:300
  • Vineyards:1 acre

Description

Ever since holding their wedding reception at the property 18 years ago, owning and running the Lawnbrook Estate and restaurant has been a long-held dream for Rebekah and Bruce Wilson. For the last year, they have been lovingly restoring the property, preparing their first vintage, and refining their menus. With an acre of vines on the 10 acre historic property, a variety of estate-grown wines are produced, and the Packing Shed @ Lawnbrook, the estate's boutique cafe, serves breakfast, lunch, homemade cakes and coffee. 

The Wines
Lawnbrook Estate is the wine brand associated with the Packing Shed Restaurant and the small vineyard set along Piesse Brook. While thefocus is on producing food-friendly wine for the restaurant, cellar door sales and tastings are also available. The varieties include Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Semillon Chardonnay, Classic White, Pinot Rose, Shiraz, Tempranillo and Shiraz Tempranillo. 

The Food
Specialising in all things handmade and local, the Packing Shed Restaurant will be serving up breakfast and lunch from Friday to Sunday each week. Food is prepared onsite using seasonal and local produce whenever possible, catering to various dietary requirements. In warmer months, guests are invited to bring a picnic blanket and enjoy one of the Shed's cheeseboards on the lawn. 

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