Goundrey Wines, Australia
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|Winery Name:||Goundrey Wines, Australia
|Winemaker(s):||David Martin, Stephen Craig and Michael Perkins|
|Other Details:||The Goundrey story captures a delightful slice of Mount Barker's pioneering and viticultural history.
Established in the Great Southern region of Mount Barker, the Goundrey vineyards were planted in the early 1970's when the area was initially recognised for its viticultural potential. The infectious enthusiasm of the late West Australian wine identity, Jack Mann, encouraged a small number of farmers to diversify into grape growing, and pioneer the region.
Amongst Goundrey's original Mount Barker vineyards were 2 hectares of Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon, planted by the Goundrey family in 1971 at the original property then named "Windy Hill".
Following the success of this "hobby" sized development, further vines were planted at Windy Hill and in 1976 the first vintage was produced by Michael Goundrey in a modest garage shed, using very basic and borrowed equipment.
The Historic Langton property at Mount BarkerBy 1979, the purchase and restoration of the old Sunnywest Butter Factory in nearby Denmark provided the first real winery and cellar sales "home" for the Goundrey label.
The brand underwent significant growth during the 1980's, and soon outgrew these premises. In 1987 a significant step was taken when the magnificent and historic property Langton at Mount Barker was purchased.
The beautiful Langton property retains a colourful and significant historical background. It was founded in 1839 by the then Government Resident, Sir Richard Spencer, and has since been home to a succession of prominent farming families.
Named after a remote Scottish village by one of its previous inhabitants, it has served as a sheep farm, a cattle farm, the most prominent apple growing orchard in the district, and is now the most prominent vineyard in the area.
To fund the purchase of Langton and its planned vineyard and winery developments, a group of local investors joined the business, and in 1988, 70 hectares of vineyards were planted on the valley slopes and a large and modern winery was built. This original winery was a striking feature built of rammed earth and stunning Sheoak shingle roofing.
This exciting development saw Goundrey become the largest wine producer in the Mount Barker area. The label continued to grow strongly in the domestic market, and export also commenced to the United Kingdom and America in the following years.
In 1996 and 1997, 100 hectares of vineyard were planted and extensions to the winery also commenced with a large focus on new oak barriques and improved winery equipment.
Today Goundrey Wines is proud to be one of WA's leading wine companies dedicated to producing wines that embody everything that is uniquely West Australian.
|Appellation(s) / Region(s):||Mount Barker
|Contact Details / Location:||Mount Barker is located approximately 350kms south Perth, Western Australia.
If travelling by car from Perth, the most direct route to Mount Barker is via the Albany Highway. This route runs directly into the town site of Mount Barker. Once located in the town site, turn right into Lowood Street and right again into Langton Road which adjoins Muirs Highway. Goundrey is a further 11kms along the highway.
Goundrey Wines is 65 kms from Albany, 55kms from Denmark and 350 kms from Margaret River.
From Albany, the most direct route is along the Albany Highway, then left into Mondurup Street, right into Lowood and left into Muirs Highway.
Albany is a beautiful seaside city and well worth the visit. There is an abundance of luxury hotels, budget accommodation and restaurants dotted throughout the city which serves as a handy base if exploring the surrounding regional areas.
Regular flights are also available from Perth which take only 1 hour and land at Albany Airport. Goundrey Wines is a further 45 minute drive from the air strip.
Please enquire at your local travel agent for further flight information.
Nearby accommodation outlets, ranging from hotels, motels and bed & breakfast are accessible throughout Albany, Denmark and Mount Barker.
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