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Swan Valley - History

The Swan Valley wineries have been making wine for over 180 years, the second oldest wine region in Australia. Grape vine cuttings were bought by the british settlers in 1829 from the Cape of Good Hope. A small quanity of wine was made in 1834 from a vineyard near the Swan River. Later settlers grew grapes and had orchards along the fertile banks of the Swan River. Some of the names that remain today are Olive Farm and Sandalford.

1922 - The Baskerville area of the Swan Valley was subdivided for viticulture and the first vines were planted in 1922. The Baskerville region, west of Great Northern Highway, claimed as "The Pick Of The Famous Upper Swan" in 1922, as it truly is today. The Tolj family purchased the property for 760 pounds and grew grapes for many years

Duncan Harris - owner and winemaker

The organic winery cellar door opened in 2000.
In 2001 Duncan built an underground cellar in which to store and mature wines in a cooler environment without the need for artificial refrigeration.
In 2002 he built a tasting room cellar door, which is much more comfortable than the back of the old winery shed - although many of the long-time visitors miss the rustic surroundings.
In 2006 the business name became "Harris Organic Wines" as we became certified organic as he wanted to highlight the organic wines and the organics industry.
In 2007 Duncan reproduced The Handbook of Horticulture and Viticulture of Western Australia, the third edition 1921, a labour of love and tribute to its author Adrien d'Espeissis. Adrien made wine in the Swan Valley and owned the property now called Caversham Estate.
As of 2010 the first Australian certified organic brandy became available from Harris Organic Wines.
In 2012 Harris Organic Wines launched its on-line wine shop, thanks to the help of his Organic Volunteer, Stuie from England.
February 2013 the first malbec wine was produced.
June 2015 the website was revamped into a responsive foundation theme as you see today, unfortunately without the help from Stuie.

  • The Baskerville Hedge
  • The Tolj family
  • The Baskerville Hedge

  • Organic Vineyard History
  • Organic Wines
  • Organic Wine
  • Swan Valley History 1922

May 2016 Duncan celebrated 10 years of organic certification of his vineyard and winery, the oldest plot of certified land in Perth.
October 2018 and 2019 Duncan named as "Organic Finalist of the Year".
The first sparkling wine that was made on the premises was named "Madeleine Claire" after his daughter, this traditional method is a vintage sparkling blanc de blanc.

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