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Vineyards & Winery

ESTATE GROWN, ESTATE BOTTLED


Our wines reflect the strengths of Margaret River, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon blends. Each parcel of fruit is vinified with minimal intervention and bottled within our modern winery, situated at our Home Vineyard overlooking the Wilyabrup Brook. 

Each vineyard is matched to the best possible varieties and clones, and farmed sustainably using traditional and organic practices. By nurturing our soils, we achieve better plant health and balance which leads to higher quality fruit. It's a long game with great reward.

The Estate includes four distinct and exceptional vineyards and a modern winery and bottling facility.

 

FOUR SPECIALTY VINEYARDS

Vasse Felix has four distinct and exceptional vineyards located in selected sites throughout Margaret River, including the region's oldest vineyard - our Home Vineyard in the Wilyabrup area. This vineyard collection grows fruit for the entire Vasse Felix wine family.

Each vineyard is matched to the best possible varieties and clones, and farmed sustainably using traditional and organic practices. By nurturing our soils, we achieve better plant health and balance which leads to higher quality fruit. We don't use synthetic herbicides, fungicides, pesticides or fertilisers.  

The varieties grown are Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

A constant focus on soil biology and environmental health is maintained in all vineyards. This is enhanced with Margaret River’s natural suitability to viticulture as a result of it’s climatic and environmental attributes.

Some examples from the environmental program include:

Natural Fertilisers A natural compost program is operated for recycling matter. This fertile mixture is used for topsoil enrichment.

Weed Control Sheep grazing of pastures at Carbunup vineyard throughout winter offers natural weed management.

Water Catchments The sole water supply for Vasse Felix comes from dams and rainwater tanks.

FOUR SPECIALTY VINEYARDS

Vasse Felix has four distinct and exceptional vineyards located in selected sites throughout Margaret River, including the region's oldest vineyard - our Home Vineyard in the Wilyabrup area. This vineyard collection grows fruit for the entire Vasse Felix wine family.

Each vineyard is matched to the best possible varieties and clones, and farmed sustainably using traditional and organic practices. By nurturing our soils, we achieve better plant health and balance which leads to higher quality fruit. We don't use synthetic herbicides, fungicides, pesticides or fertilisers.  

The varieties grown are Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

A constant focus on soil biology and environmental health is maintained in all vineyards. This is enhanced with Margaret River’s natural suitability to viticulture as a result of it’s climatic and environmental attributes.

Some examples from the environmental program include:

Natural Fertilisers A natural compost program is operated for recycling matter. This fertile mixture is used for topsoil enrichment.

Weed Control Sheep grazing of pastures at Carbunup vineyard throughout winter offers natural weed management.

Water Catchments The sole water supply for Vasse Felix comes from dams and rainwater tanks.

Home Vineyard

The original Vasse Felix vineyard planted by Dr Tom Cullity in 1967 and the site of Margaret River’s oldest vines, with careful expansion made over time. The vineyard is home to Vasse Felix’s beautifully equipped winemaking facility where all Vasse Felix wines are made and bottled, as well as the Vasse Felix Cellar Door and Restaurant which are regarded as one of Australia’s draw-card winery destination experiences. Located just 4km from the ocean, the Wilyabrup ridge elevation offers enhanced sea breeze exposure and lean, well-draining gravel loam soils suited to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Grows fruit for the Icon and Premier wines.

First Planted 1967 
Latitude & Longitude 33°49’S, 115°02’E 
Soils Gravel loam over clay 
Locality Wilyabrup 
Altitude Range 80 - 110 m
Total Area Under Vine 49.74 ha

 

Watershed Vineyard

The Gnarawary blocks of this vineyard became part of the Vasse Felix Estate in 2015, and the Darch blocks in 2018. Located centrally within the Margaret River Wine Region and experiencing cooler conditions to the Home Vineyard, this site’s free-draining lateritic gravel and moderate climate create an ideal environment for Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc. Grows fruit for the Icon and Premier wines and Alternative Collection wines.

First Planted 1997 
Latitude & Longitude 33°59’S, 115°05’E
Soils Gravel and sandy loam 
Locality Wallcliffe 
Altitude Range 75 - 95 m 
Total Area Under Vine 108.24 ha

 

Watershed Vineyard

The Gnarawary blocks of this vineyard became part of the Vasse Felix Estate in 2015, and the Darch blocks in 2018. Located centrally within the Margaret River Wine Region and experiencing cooler conditions to the Home Vineyard, this site’s free-draining lateritic gravel and moderate climate create an ideal environment for Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc. Grows fruit for the Icon and Premier wines and Alternative Collection wines.

First Planted 1997 
Latitude & Longitude 33°59’S, 115°05’E
Soils Gravel and sandy loam 
Locality Wallcliffe 
Altitude Range 75 - 95 m 
Total Area Under Vine 108.24 ha

 

Karridale Vineyard

This cool-climate vineyard joined the Vasse Felix Estate in 2010. It was originally intended to grow Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon until a mysterious block of fruit was found, which showed the qualities of a Blanc de Blancs base. Karridale’s exposure to the cold and harsh Southern Ocean and the site’s low altitude have proven to be ideal for sparkling wine. The vineyard continues to evolve as a speciality site for Blanc de Blancs. 

First Planted 1995 
Latitude & Longitude 33°49’S, 115°02’E  
Soils Sandy loam with deep top soil over calcium clay
Locality Karridale 
Altitude Range 25 - 40 m
Total Area Under Vine 27.50 ha

Karridale Vineyard

This cool-climate vineyard joined the Vasse Felix Estate in 2010. It was originally intended to grow Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon until a mysterious block of fruit was found, which showed the qualities of a Blanc de Blancs base. Karridale’s exposure to the cold and harsh Southern Ocean and the site’s low altitude have proven to be ideal for sparkling wine. The vineyard continues to evolve as a speciality site for Blanc de Blancs. 

First Planted 1995 
Latitude & Longitude 33°49’S, 115°02’E  
Soils Sandy loam with deep top soil over calcium clay
Locality Karridale 
Altitude Range 25 - 40 m
Total Area Under Vine 27.50 ha

Adams Road Vineyard

The largest of all the Vasse Felix vineyards, this site was planted in 1998 in the warmer, Carbunup area of Margaret River. The vineyard grows fruit with ripeness, approachability and generosity of flavour, ideal for Vasse Felix’s Regional (Filius) wines and all-occasions Classic Collection wines.

First Planted 1998
Locality Carbunup
Latitude & Longitude 33°46’S, 115°16’E
Altitude Range 35 - 45 m
Soils Deep red to sandy loam, gravel and clay in areas
Total Area Under Vine 145.14 ha

Adams Road Vineyard

The largest of all the Vasse Felix vineyards, this site was planted in 1998 in the warmer, Carbunup area of Margaret River. The vineyard grows fruit with ripeness, approachability and generosity of flavour, ideal for Vasse Felix’s Regional (Filius) wines and all-occasions Classic Collection wines.

First Planted 1998
Locality Carbunup
Latitude & Longitude 33°46’S, 115°16’E
Altitude Range 35 - 45 m
Soils Deep red to sandy loam, gravel and clay in areas
Total Area Under Vine 145.14 ha

Boutique Approach to Winemaking

All wines are made and bottled within our modern winery situated at our Home Vineyard, enabling full quality control of every bottle.

Every parcel of fruit is kept separate from the time it is harvested, through its unique fermentation style and maturation, creating precise, site-expressive wines. This approach enables traceability back to each individual vineyard block. With this visability, the viticulturists and winemakers can work more effectively with the soil and vine structure to refine and improve quality, beginning in the vineyard.

Our winemaking philosophy is founded on the beliefs that great wines are made in the vineyard, must be authentic expressions of their place, and are the work of a great team of passionate people.

Boutique Approach to Winemaking

All wines are made and bottled within our modern winery situated at our Home Vineyard, enabling full quality control of every bottle.

Every parcel of fruit is kept separate from the time it is harvested, through its unique fermentation style and maturation, creating precise, site-expressive wines. This approach enables traceability back to each individual vineyard block. With this visability, the viticulturists and winemakers can work more effectively with the soil and vine structure to refine and improve quality, beginning in the vineyard.

Our winemaking philosophy is founded on the beliefs that great wines are made in the vineyard, must be authentic expressions of their place, and are the work of a great team of passionate people.

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