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Appointment Only Facilities Wineries in Swan Valley

Wineries in Swan Valley Region


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Corymbia

Corymbia. The nature of wine.

  • Open Days/times:Appointment only
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chenin Blanc,Malbec,Tempranillo

Details

  • Brands:Corymbia
  • Winemaker:Rob and Genevieve Mann
  • Cases Produced:900
  • Established:2013
  • Vineyards:3 hectares
  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 2011 - 2019

Description

Corymbia is the deep-rooted, far-sighted vision of husband-and wife-team, Rob and Genevieve Mann. The Mann name is synonymous with Western Australia’s Swan Valley, where Rob’s pioneering grandfather Jack worked a remarkable 51 consecutive vintages for Houghton. Rob was just a boy when he joined his father - former Australian test cricketer Tony - in planting the vines on what is now the dry-grown, organically farmed Corymbia vineyard. 
After building an exceptional reputation in their own right, the couple kicked off their homecoming dream, Corymbia, with the 2013 vintage, during Rob’s tenure as estate director at Newton Vineyard in Napa Valley. Now firmly ensconced back in the Swan Valley, Rob and Gen’s Chenin Blanc and Tempranillo-dominant red blend sit at the heart of a bright future for this brilliant duo.

Garbin Estate Wines

Established in 1956, this charming family-run winery and cellar door produces boutique reds, whites and rich fortifieds, but their speciality is bottle-fermented “methode traditionelle” sparkling.

  • Open Days/times:7 days 11am-5.30pm
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Sparkling,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Rosé,Merlot,Sangiovese,Semillon,Shiraz,Verdelho

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • Vineyards:10 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Functions,Appointment Only,Cellar Door
  • Established:1956
  • Cases Produced:50 - 75 tonnes annually, 4500 cases
  • Winemaker:Pete Garbin

Description

The family-owned wineries of the Swan Valley often include a fascinating history and personal flavour, and Garbin is no exception. Winemaker Peter Garbin (son of founder Duje Garbin), wife Katrina and sons Joel and Adam have a philosophy of hands-on premium winemaking coupled with personal service.

Their wines include award-winning premium boutique red and white wines as well as rich, traditional fortified styles for which the Swan Valley is well renowned, some of which are only available at the cellar door. Their speciality is bottle-fermented “methode traditionelle” sparkling styles made from chardonnay and, more unusually, semillon, chenin blanc, shiraz and merlot. The fruit is sourced from estate vineyards in Gingin and the Swan Valley and grown with low chemical inputs and no pesticides.

The cellar door is low key, charming and spacious with a lovely outside area for warmer days and open 11am to 5:30pm 7 days a week.

HISTORY

Duje Garbin, founder of Garbin Estate, learnt his winemaking craft in between fishing on a small island in the Adriatic Sea. It was basic stuff, but ideally suited to the family needs. As a migrant to Western Australia in 1937, he saved his money and purchased a property at Millendon in the Swan Valley, then Middle Swan in 1956. The Garbin business was built up on bulk wine, some 2000-3000 gallons a year, delivered around the suburbs or purchased by customers visiting the property. Upon retiring Duje’s son, Peter, took over Garbin Estate Wines (GEW). Over the last 20 years, GEW has undergone a massive transition including a new cellar door and processing area, upgraded major plant and equipment and established a vineyard in Gingin, 90 minutes from Perth CBD.
 

Highway Wines

The last of the old-style Swan Valley wineries, crushing 100+ tonnes of fruit, producing 20 different styles of fortified wines sold by the bottle, in flagons and fill-your-own 2-litre containers.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Dessert,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Grenache,Muscat,Tawny,Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc,Apera,Shiraz,Topaque
  • Open Days/times:Appointment Only

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Appointment Only
  • Cases Produced:100 tonnes
  • Vineyards:10.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Tony Bakranich
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1901 - 1950

Description

Established in 1954 by migrant Tony Bakranich, a self-taught winemaker, ownership has since passed to Velko and Helen Bakranich, the next generation of the family. Thankfully, nothing much has changed over the years.

James Halliday notes Highway Wines as “A survivor of another era, when literally dozens of such wineries plied their business in the Swan Valley”. Over 10.5 hectares of land producing over 100 tonnes of fruit each year. Vintage Port is the most popular but they produce about 20 types including ports, muscat, tokay and sherries. Some of the wine is sold in bottles but the majority is sold in two-litre flagons and those who want to bring their own containers. Vintage port is the most popular drop in Highway's fortified range and all the grapes come from the 10.5 hectare vineyard, which produces more than 100 tonnes of fruit each year.

Sales are made through the cellar door; open by appointment only.

Vino Volta

Vino Volta is the wine child of Garth Cliff and Kristen McGann. Calling on a collective 40 years of experience. Small batch, Single Vineyard and Blends. Contemporary, Experimental and Natural.

  • Open Days/times:Appointment Only
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Chenin Blanc,Grenache,Tempranillo,Touriga,Fortified

Details

  • Brands:Vino Volta
  • Cases Produced:1000
  • Established:2018
  • Vineyards:3 hectares contracted, more developing
  • Winemaker:Garth Cliff and Kristen McGann
  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2011 - 2019

Description

Vino Volta makes tasty, quaffable medium bodied wines.  We like to experiment.  We like to play. 
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  We are rallying the star varieties - Chenin Blanc and Grenache - of the Swan Valley / Swan District. 
We explore grape varieties that should be suited to Swan Valley and our warming climate.  We would love to be able to source from within the district and hope to in the long term.  For now, we need to source from other regions within Western Australia.
Small batch, showcasing single vineyards but equally happy to blend.  Some varieties and some vineyards need a little help from their friends.  Whatever works to make the most expressive wines.
Keep experimenting, keep learning and hopefully come up with something new or just so old that nobody remembers what it is…
Let other winemakers, vineyards and wine regions do what they are good at and buy / swap our wines for theirs.  Let’s stop making everything everywhere and stick to what we are good at.

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