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Established 1901 - 1950 Size & Year Wineries in Swan Valley

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Wineries in Swan Valley Region


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Henley Park Winery

In the Swan Valley, about 10km from Midland. An international affair - run by Danes Claus and Lisbet Petersen, who use South African yeasts and Hungarian oak to produce their wines.

  • Wine Variety:Merlot,Muscat,Pinot Noir,Semillon,Shiraz,Tinta Cao,Touriga,Sparkling,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc
  • Open Days/times:Weekends and public holidays 10am-5pm
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Vineyards:4.5 hectares
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:5000
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1901 - 1950
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Cellar Door,Functions
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Established:1935

Description

Henley Park Wines was established by the Yujnovich family in 1935, and purchased by Hans Buchart Petersen ù a former Danish politician and vice-consul to WA ù in 1986. Claus, Hans' son, and wife Lisbet have since become principals, moving from Denmark and producing a range of wines ù Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Muscat, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. About 2000 cases of mainly Shiraz are exported to the Petersen's homeland each year with a Tawny Port, made from Portugese grape varieties, also produced annually. Cafe-style meals are available Friday to Sunday.

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 Variety:Grenache,Muscat,Port,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc,Sherry,Shiraz,Tokay,Fortified,Dessert,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc
  • Open Days/times:Appointment Only
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

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

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.

John Kosovich Wines

Just up Great Northern Highway from Twin Hill Wines, about 11km from Midland. Winner of many awards including a 1995 gold medal, won in Croatia for a Swan Valley Chardonnay.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Shiraz,Verdelho,Dessert,Rose,Malbec,Petit Verdot
  • Open Days/times:Wednesday to Monday 10.30am to 4.30pm, closed Tuesday

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Established:1922
  • Size & Year:Established 1901 - 1950,Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Cases Produced:3000
  • Vineyards:10.9 hectares

Description

Established in 1922 by Ivan Kosovich, John Kosovich Wines is one of the oldest wineries in Western Australia.  At age 15, Ivan's son John took on the role as winemaker and expanded the varieties available. In 1998 Anthony (Arch) became the third generation senior winemaker working alongside his father. The tasting area is located in a unique below ground cellar which was hand dug in 1922. The winery continues to be a family run, boutique winery which prides itself on quality estate grown wines.

Kafarela's Vineyard

  • 9296 0970

Visit the Kafarela family at this quaint winery specialising in non-alcoholic wines, liqueurs and fresh seasonal produce utilising modern, biodynamic-growing principles.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • Established:1944
  • Vineyards:7 hectares
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 1901 - 1950

Description

The Kafarela family have been growing grapes and seasonal produce on their 7 hectare property since 1944. Specialising in non-alcoholic wines, liqueurs and seasonal produce using biodynamic-growing principles, the vineyard is situated in the heart of the Swan Valley.

Cellar Door

Stop by the cellar door to pick up a fresh bag of grapes, a jar of homemade jam or a free tasting of the estate's non-alcoholic Patritti grape juice. Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm.

Unique Highlights

Kafarela's Vineyard is also home to the largest doll and quilt collection in the Swan Valley, and its craft shed offers dolls, bears, baby quilts and other lovingly made items.

 

Nikola Estate

Located on the stunning banks of the Swan River, Nikola Estate formerly 'Houghtons' is one of Australia’s oldest, most iconic estates, with vineyard plantings dating back to 1930.

  • Wine Variety:Vermentino,Chardonnay,Shiraz,Sparkling,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon
  • Open Days/times:5 days 11am-4pm
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Lunch Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Wednesday
  • Brands:Nikola
  • Cases Produced:4000
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Wheelchair Access,Cellar Door,Functions
  • Size & Year:Established 1901 - 1950
  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Established:1929

Description

Nikola Estate is the new name of the former 'Houghton' winery site, which when purchased by the Yukich family ,help them to realise a long-held dream of returning the grounds and winery of Swan Location 11 to WA hands.

With the christening of the historic winery and grounds in tribute to their grandfather, Nikola, the Yukich family continues it's passion and dedication for elegant premium wines and delicious foods.

The Wines

Crafted by Australia's second oldest winery, our wines have a heritage of passion and exceptional quality. We endeavour to highlight the best of each variety  where the final wine is superior to it's component parts.

The fruit is sourced locally and from every major premium wine region in Western Australia and reflects the places in which they were grown.This is our objective as the Nikola wine portfolio expands.

Wine Tastings

The light and airy cellar door is surrounded by lush gardens,stately pines and blooming Jacaranda Trees when in season. We offer wine tastings Wednesday to Sunday  from 11am-4pm. Wine is available for purchase, take-home or delivery Australia wide and internationally.

In addition we have 2 extra large function spaces for tour groups, however advance bookings are required.

Unique Highlights

An onsite museum showcases historical winemaking items . You can also see the place where a legendary local bushranger, ‘Moondyne Joe’ was captured in 1869. An extra special time to visit is between November to January for a photo with the property’s magnificent Jacaranda trees, which blossom with beautiful purple flowers over this time.

 

 

Talijancich Wines

Discover some of Australia’s finest, internationally-awarded fortified wines and liquors at the homely cellar door of this three-generation winemaking family.

  • Wine Variety:Graciano,Port,Rose,Ruby Port,Shiraz,Verdelho,Dessert,Fortified,Muscat,Semillon
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Everyday except Tue 10:30am to 4:30pm. Open public holidays.
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Winemaker:James and Hilda Talijancich
  • Size & Year:Established 1901 - 1950,Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)
  • Wheelchair Access:Ramps and walkways link the car park and facilities. Wheelchair accessible bathrooms.
  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access,Cellar Door
  • Established:1932

Description

Croatian-born Jim Talijancich and his wife Ljucibica purchased this Swan Valley property in 1932 and began making fortified wine from Muscat and Shiraz. Times were tough in those early years and were made tougher upon Jim’s passing, when son Peter was just 13 years old. Peter ceased schooling immediately to work with his mother on the vineyard, the horse and plough becoming one of his new regular tasks. Peter led all operations and winemaking for over 50 years until he passed Talijancich onto son his James and wife Hilda in 1998.

The Wines
Talijancich has a long-term reputation as a fortified wine specialist. Their range includes a 30 Year Old Rare Tawny, Muscat and Pedro Ximenes Liqueur. There is also a selection of still red and white wines including a beautiful Verdelho and an old-vine Shiraz. The vineyard follows bio-dynamic, organic principles.

Wine Tasting
The cellar door is located in their converted winery homestead, offering a relaxed setting with lovely views. It is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm all days, except Tuesday.

Halliday Rating
4 Black Stars

Twin Hill Wines

About 10km north of Midland in the heart of the Swan Valley. Specialising in bulk dry reds, whites and fortifieds and also packaging its wine in 750ml bottles.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Sparkling,Port,Shiraz,Tokay,Muscat,Verdelho,Dessert,Classic Dry White,Rose,Sherry
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Mon to Sun 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Established:1937
  • Winemaker:Dorothy Kraljevich
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 1901 - 1950
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Mark Kraljevich and wife Dorothy run the 12-hectare Twin Hills property, which has been in the family since 1955. Prior to that time, Twin Hills was a winery located in the Perth foothills ù a location chosen by Mark's father Steve, who arrived from Croatia in August 1926 (age 18). The Baskerville vineyard proved much more yielding, Mark growing about 50 tonnes of fruit each year and producing a dry and sweet Verdelho, Cabernet Shiraz and Shiraz. The grapes are picked when very ripe, and Mark delivers the full-bodied and fruity wines to individual customers around Perth each week.

Windy Creek Estate Winery & Cellar Door

Windy Creek Estate is a family owned and operated winery located in the Swan Valley in the shadows of the Darling Range. The best kept secret in wine.

  • Open Days/times:11am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday and most Monday public holidays.
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Chenin Blanc,Classic Dry White,Grenache,Pinot Gris,Ruby Port,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Verdelho,Vermentino,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Shiraz,Fortified,Rose

Details

  • Brands:Windy Creek Estate
  • Established:1937
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes. Fully accessible parking, cellar door, gardens and toilet facilities
  • Winemaker:Tony Cobanov
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome,Light Food,Picnic Facilities,Wheelchair Access
  • Size & Year:Established 1901 - 1950
  • Cellar Door Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays

Description

The History
Windy Creek Estate, formally Cobanov Wines, was first established in 1937 by Ante Cobanov. 
He had left Croatia in 1924 and spent 13 years cutting sleepers in the south-west to enable him to put a deposit on this Swan Valley property that he purchased in 1937. They grew grapes for dried fruit production but made a small amount of wine for the Perth immigrant community.  
The family has continued to produce wines for more than 80 years and we have been selling fruit to other wineries for approximately 40 years. The Windy Creek Estate label was first released in 1980. 
Tony Cobanov, the current winemaker, entered the industry as a third generation winemaker and is very passionate about the Swan Valley and its lifestyle. He has 3 sons Joshua, Callum and Rohan so it is a distinct possibility that this will become a 4th generation business.
 
The Wines
The winery employs modern and traditional wine making techniques producing white styles that are crisp and friendly showing big tropical fruit and finishing with a nice mouth feel. 
The reds are full bodied and have an earthy, savoury aroma with full fruit and well-balanced tannin.
Their fortified wines are old, rich and luscious with good oak.
 
The Cellar Door
Windy Creek has recently upgraded its Cellar Door and now has ample lawn areas that are perfect for a lazy afternoon with friends and family with the Darling Range and vineyard as a backdrop.
 
Opening times
Open 11am to 5pm - Tuesday - Sunday and most Monday public holidays
Ph: 9296 1057

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