Established in 2010 by Perth businessman Steve Tobin, Aravina Estate is in the northern corner of Margaret River. The property was established in 1986 under the original name Amberley Estate. The range of wines shows the benefits of the mature vines from which the fruit is sourced. The setting among the natural bushland and manicured gardens is superb.
Aravina Estate was established in 2010 by Perth businessman and sixth generation West Australian, Steve Tobin.
Aravina Estate is located on Thornton Road, Yallingup in the northern corner of the premium wine-growing region of Margaret River in Western Australia close to the town of Dunsborough and the famed surf at Yallingup. The property was established in 1986 under the original name Amberley Estate.
Nestled amongst the picturesque setting of expansive vineyards across the rolling hills, natural bushland and manicured gardens, Aravina Estate is one of Margaret River’s finest wine producers in the region.
Aravina Estate consists of 180 acres (73 hectares) of which 64 acres (26 hectares) are under vine with plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay.
With a passion for wine-making, artistic and architectural design and enjoyment of the simple pleasures of life, the Tobins’ vision for Aravina Estate is the creation of a wonderful dining experience for families, couples and children and enhancing it with the production of distinctive wines of exceptional quality that best represent the region.
Aside from the stunning food and exceptional wines, the orchards, kitchen garden and sports car gallery are just a few of the many attractions at the Estate.
Central to Steve Tobin’s vision for Aravina Estate has been the desire to create a uniquely memorable experience for everyone in the family when visiting Aravina Estate.
Steve Tobin was born in the wheatbelt town of Katanning and was educated at UWA and Curtin University with degrees in Geophysics, Finance and Economics. Following a career as a Geophysicist in oil and gas exploration which took him to Iran, China, SE Asia, NZ, USA and Canada with his company Terrex Seismic, Steve studied Viticulture and then later purchased Aravina Estate in 2010.
Hayley grew up in Launceston, Tasmania before studying Human Resources at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Hayley is the Director and Owner of Boss People (HR and Recruitment firm) with offices throughout Australia.
From its inception, the Tobin family’s vision for Aravina Estate was to create: “a unique premium food and wine destination in the Southwest of WA that would showcase the finest wine and produce that the Region has to offer.”
To this end, the focus at Aravina has been to invest heavily in new vineyard infrastructure, introduce improved management practices and plant new grape varieties particularly suited to the maritime climate and rich loamy soils of the northern Margaret River region. Following the belief that “great wine is made in the vineyard”, this investment has led to the creation of a range of traditional and emerging red and white wines.
The mature vineyards, first planted in the sub-region of Yallingup in 1986, are located in free-draining, lateritic, gravelly soil that is perfect for growing ultra-premium wine grapes.
The region has a strong maritime climate with the influence from the Indian and Southern Oceans giving rise to the finest fruit which has optimal flavour and intensity – reflective of the unique ‘terroir’ or sense of place.
Aravina Estate consists of 180 acres (73 hectares) of which 69 acres (28 hectares) are under vine including; Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Shiraz with subsequent plantings of Tempranillo and Malbec in 2013. A hectare of French Shiraz clone 470 will be planted this year. The Tempranillo vineyard is a polyclonal planting which comprises of four of the illustrious “Pingus” clones.
Approximately 50% of the plantings are cane pruned with the remainder spur pruned. The combination of the gentle slopes on the property, the free draining gravelly loam soils and plentiful water supply combine to produce ultra-premium quality fruit.
Aravina Estate Vineyard Map PDF Vine spacing on the old vineyards is 1.8 metres with row widths of 3.5 metres. The new plantings have vine spacing of 1.6 metres and row widths of 3 metres.
Most of the vineyard is structured around VSP (vertical shoot positioned) trellis. An area of the old Cabernet Sauvignon block is grown on a Lyre trellis system providing an open canopy system which results in optimal bunch exposure and air circulation.