Driftwood Estate is a boutique winery set in the stunning Wilyabrup region of Margaret River. The vineyard, draped on picturesque gravelly slopes a stone’s throw from the Indian Ocean, provides the free-draining soils and mild maritime climate perfect for creating wines of character and distinction. With premium quality fruit, Driftwood’s winemaking philosophy is all about protecting and expressing the pure, varietal and regional flavours of the grapes.
“The vineyard, draped on picturesque gravelly slopes a stones-throw from the Indian Ocean, provides the free-draining soils and the mild maritime climate perfect for creating flavorful wines of character and distinction.”
Driftwood Estate is a boutique winery set in the stunning Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Western Australia. Established by Tom and Helen Galapoulos in 1989 on what had previously been a country retreat, the winery immediately received acclaim when its first wine, a Semillon produced in 1993, won a special commendation in a British competition.
In 2009, leading Australian wine writer James Halliday rated Driftwood Estate as one of the best wineries in the Margaret River region. The vine resources are exceptional, having had years of nurturing to ensure they produce premium fruit showcasing the Wilyabrup sub-region beautifully.
The wine making philosophy behind the Driftwood wines is one of simplicity – quality wines are made in the vineyard. While wine making can have a positive input, having premium quality fruit is essential. This is why Driftwood Estate is so fortunate to be located in one of the greatest viticultural areas in the world, sourcing super premium fruit year in year out. With premium quality fruit, our wine making philosophy is all about protecting and expressing the qualities found in the grapes, so that the wine lover can enjoy the pure, varietal and regional flavours from the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River.
The wines are produced under three labels, The Collection, Artifacts and Oceania.
The Collection range showcases fruit driven, regionally renowned wines that are designed to be enjoyed in their youth – vibrant blends and crisp, clean wines for everyday drinking.
Artifacts are the more complex styles, demonstrating the intense characters old vine fruit can develop, and once in the winery, utilising oak influence and subtle winemaking techniques resulting in wines of strength, elegance and integrity that will drink beautifully young however they will reward careful cellaring.
The Oceania range consists of our specialty wines, which includes a vibrant Sparkling Brut, a generous Sparkling Red, a multilayered Tawny Port, a crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, a lively, fruit driven Chenin Blanc and a rich and full red blend.
The beautiful branding takes Driftwood back to its beginnings, with small batch, hand-crafted wines showing how age and experience in the wine world can lead to memorable Collections and stunning Artifacts for people to enjoy now and into the future.
Born 1970 in Goroka, Papua New Guinea, Ely lived in PNG for 4 years before returning with her family to Dunsborough, WA in early 1974. She moved to Busselton where her father, a GP, had a practice, originally with Kevin Cullen and Bill Pannell, who were instrumental in establishing a young Margaret River wine industry. Ely credits these family relationships with her first insight into the winemaking ‘lifestyle’.