Serving sparkling wines


Brookwood Estate

The estate was established in 1996 by husband and wife Trevor and Lyn Mann as part of a semi-retirement plan to just grow grapes but very quickly Trevor and Lyn decided to try their hand at winemaking and have not looked back since. There is a natural philosophy to pair the wines produced with outstanding … Continue reading “Brookwood Estate”

Cape Naturaliste Vineyard

What a find this place turned out to be! Starting out as a dairy and vegetable farm that used to supply whaling ships (the old milking shed is now the cellar door) the farm building (dating from 1863) used to be an old coaching inn and comes replete with the ghost of ‘Whingy Sam’. This … Continue reading “Cape Naturaliste Vineyard”

Wills Domain

Home to the Haunold family of Austrian descent, the vines were first planted in 1985. The winemaker is Bruce Dukes. The winery also has a restaurant on site that has an excellent reputation. The views from the cellar door over the rolling hills adorned with rows and rows of vines were magnificent. I had a … Continue reading “Wills Domain”

Image shows Neil and Cathy from Whicher Ridge with their dog

Whicher Ridge Winery

This winery is a bit of a hike out of Busselton, twenty kilometres due south into an elevated area in the Whicher Range that is the same latitude as Vasse Felix with identical soil and terroir. The vineyard (12 acres) was acquired in 2003 and planted in 2004 and 2005. The vines are 50% Sauvignon … Continue reading “Whicher Ridge Winery”

Vines lit up by the sun

Rosily Vineyard

This winery is not easy to find, off the beaten track and only open one day a week but I took a chance and called in, luckily winemaker Mick Scott was at the property and was very generous with his time. I visited for nearly two hours and Mick turned out to be a very … Continue reading “Rosily Vineyard”

Half a world a way book by Keith Richbell

Ever wondered what Australia is really like?

Australia is a land of contradictions – nationalistic, competitive, superficially welcoming and casually racist – a ‘Garden of Eden’ forever teetering on the edge of the next natural disaster. A country built on wave upon wave of economic migrants governed by politicians that have repeatedly adopted immigration policies designed to be racially selective. The author and … Continue reading “Ever wondered what Australia is really like?”

Neil and Cathy Anderle

Carpe Diem Vineyards

Carpe Diem is a family owned and run operation that knocks out 2,500 cases of wine in a good year. They grow all their own fruit (with the exception of Shiraz grapes which they buy in, but only if they have spare capacity) and they manage the entire end-to-end winemaking process.  The Anderle family (Gianfranco … Continue reading “Carpe Diem Vineyards”

This is the Willespie Cellar Door

Willespie Wines

As the timing of the visit was very close to this years harvest, many of the vines were draped in ‘lay-over’ netting to keep the birds away. As I drove down the red dirt track to the Willespie cellar door, the whole estate had the look of Miss Havisham’s banquet hall. Up the wooden staircase … Continue reading “Willespie Wines”

Pink cellar door of Fermoy Estate

Fermoy Estate

Established in 1985, Fermoy Estate was named by the original owners after their ancestral hometown of Fermoy in County Cork, the cellar door is housed in a large picturesque pink building. I was hosted by Jude (“as in ‘Hey Jude’” as she pointed out when I misheard her introduction and called her June by mistake) … Continue reading “Fermoy Estate”