THE PEOPLE | VARIETIES |
early searches for good vineyard land in the Margaret River area in early
1997, Jeff and Kerry Ovens identified this little piece of paradise in
the Ferguson Valley just south of Dardanup as the site for their vineyard
and winery. The property was purchased from Jock Johnson after more than
a hundred years as a dairy farm.
soon found willing partners in the Stacey and Hewitt families and they
set about planning the vineyard with the aim of producing top quality
wines (over long lunches overlooking the property's dam). Longtime mates
from university days, the partners passion for good red wine was becoming
too expensive to service with the only answer to make their own,
only justification now is "quality of life"
pleasure of producing something worth its weight in gold" knowing
that it also costs as much.
up their many friends from the
city the partners set about
planting the initial 15,000
rootlings (8 Ha) in September
Our friends worked
feverishly over one weekend to plant 5,000 with the remainder planted
under contract. Losses were minimal (<1%) with the majority of the
losses arising in the first 3 rows planted by Jeff, Michael and Ron before
every one else arrived. - must have been poor stock!
areas of Shiraz Semillon, Verdelho,
Petit Verdot and Mondeuse have
since been planted bringing
the total plantings to nearly
Bertola working under contract
to the vineyard has been fantastic
in developing the plantings
and progressing their maturity.
In these early years the majority
of the fruit will go to BRL
Hardy Limited and a small amount
made and sold under the Hackersley
In 2013 Jeff and Kerry became the sole owners of the vineyard and restaurant (run by Aaron and Adrie Devitt), which provides the Ferguson Valley with a top quality tasting and eating experience. Check out the Restaurant page on the main menu.