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Wineries in Porongurup Region


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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

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

Details

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

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

Duke's Vineyard

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

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

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Great Southern:Porongurup
  • 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

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 curved cellar door overlooking the vineyard and the picturesque 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 and very high quality, and Dukes is widely regarded as one of the best riesling producers in Australia. The wine ranges consist of four Single Vineyard wines, four Magpie Hill Reserve wines, and a sparkling shiraz and riesling. 

The cool climate vineyard produces 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 10-4:30pm.

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

Ironwood Estate Wines

A breathtaking undulating vineyard set beside the ancient Porongurup Range known for its highly-awarded, pure, cool climate wines and picture-perfect views from its delightful cafe.

  • Open Days/times:Cellar door & Café: Wed to Mon 11am to 5pm
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Cabernet,Rose,Chardonnay,Merlot,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Sparkling,Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Lunch Open:Holidays,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Vineyards:5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Wignalls Wines (Michael Perkins
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Great Southern:Porongurup
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1996
  • Cases Produced:2500 cases

Description

Ironwood Estate is nestled in the heart of the ancient Porongurup Range; an 1100-million year-old granite range that was once a forest island. Established in 1996 by Mary and Eugene Harma, 'Ironwood' earned its name thanks to the ironstone outcrops on the hills, and the stands of Jarrah and Redgum. Planted in unique mineral-rich soils, the estate's cool-climate elevation and local terroir yields intense, varietal fruit flavours in wines with known for their distinctive clean palate. Ironwood Estate is dedicated to consistent quality, from the hand selection of their grapes through the vinification, maturation and bottling of their fine wines.

The Wines

The wine range is focused toward the varieties best suited to the Porongurup area, specifically dry Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet blends.  Wines can be tasted and purchased at the estate's cellar door, open Wednesday to Monday 11am - 5pm.

The Food

Bailey, the friendly labradoodle, welcomes visitors at Ironwood's cosy cafe which boasts stunning views of the Porongurup and vineyard lake and serves light meals, cakes and coffees. Open Wednesday to Monday 11am - 5pm.

Halliday Rating

4.5 Stars

 

Jingalla Wines

Discover the wines of charismatic duo, Shelley and Barry Coad, who grow distinct Great Southern styles (that sell out quickly) from their high altitude vineyard by the Porongurup Range.

  • Wine Variety:Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Sparkling,Cabernet,Fortified,Cabernet Sauvignon,Muscat,Riesling,Shiraz
  • Open Days/times:Appointment only
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Facilities:Appointment Only,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Great Southern:Porongurup
  • Cases Produced:2000 cases
  • Vineyards:9 hectares

Description

Jingalla Wines is situated on the northern slopes of the Porongurup Range with a 450 metre elevation, 50km north of Albany. Established by Geoff and Nita Clarke in 1979, 'Jingalla' is an Aboriginal term meaning moon or crescent shape, which describes the shape of the property, below the granite domes of the Porongurup National Park. Now owned and operated by Barry and Shelley Coad, the vineyard enjoys deep granitic loam soils, a high average rainfall and a refreshing, green climate, ensuring a consistent high quality of fruits and wines.

The Wines

Enjoy the distinctive varietal and regional characteristics of Jingalla's Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Tawny Port and Muscat.

Cellar Door

The cellar door is open by appointment only. When new vintages are released at the start of each year, walk-in visitors are welcomed. Contact Jinjalla Wines for details.

 

Shepherd's Hut

Named after an abandoned 1850s stone hut that had been used by shepherds in a former era, this family winery maintains a no-compromise approach to making its premium quality range.

  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Pinot Noir
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door

Details

  • Established:1996
  • Great Southern:Porongurup
  • Cases Produced:2000 cases
  • Vineyards:15.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Rob Diletti
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

When pathologist Dr Michael Wishart purchased the property in 1996, the onsite hut was in a state of drastic disrepair. It has since been restored to its former glory, its stunning honey-coloured Mount Barker stone making a striking proposition. Now operated by son Philip and wife Cathy, and located in the heart of the Porongurup range, the winery follows a 'quantity over quality' philosophy from the grape-growing process, to bottling, to marketing.

Varieties include Shiraz, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

 

Zarephath Wines

Small but mighty, this family-run vineyard and cafe incorporates a 'grass roots' approach and organic principles to make award-winning wines at the eastern end of the stunning Porongurup Range.

  • Wine Variety:Shiraz,Cabernet Sauvignon,Rose,Sparkling Shiraz,Syrah,Sparkling,Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Riesling
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Mon to Sun 11am to 4pm; Cafe: Sat & Sun 11am to 4pm
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Winemaker:Robert Diletti
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Established:1994
  • Great Southern:Porongurup
  • Cases Produced:1500
  • Vineyards:8.9 hectares

Description

Originally established in 1995 by the Monastic Community, Zarephath Wines is currently owned and operated by Rosie Singer and partner Ian Barrett-Lennard. Boasting fertile soils, an easterly aspect and cool summer breezes, the vineyard's low-yielding, award-winning wines are produced utilising organic principles to enhance the Great Southern region's varietal characteristics.

The Wines

Zarephath varieties include Riesling, Chardonnay, Petit Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sparkling Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Merlot. Wines can be purchased online, by the glass or bottle at the winery's cafe, or at the cosy cellar door (open daily from 11am - 4pm).  

The Food

Situated alongside the estate's cellar door, the Zarephath Cafe utilises local produce (including delectable Porongurup sheep cheese) to produce cafe favourites to be enjoyed overlooking beautiful views to Mount Many Peaks and the estate's sweeping vineyard. Open for Friday to Sunday 11am - 4pm (bookings essential).

Halliday Rating

4.5 Stars

 

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