It was 1974 when John Evans and John Tate spotted a promising piece of land on the northern bank of the Wilyabrup River. Known for its well-drained gravel soils, Mediterranean climate and maritime location, vines were planted the following year. Since these beginnings the winemaking philosophy of Evans & Tate has focused on maximising fruit quality in the vineyard, along with producing wines which are stylish and refined.
Renowned agricultural scientist, Dr John Gladstone, pinpoints Margaret River as perfect for premium wine growing.
In “The Climate and Soils of South Western Australia in Relation to Vine Growing” he shows the similarities in climate and soil to the famed region of Bordeaux in France.
John Evans and John Tate find a piece of land on the northern bank of the Wilyabrup River in Margaret River. The location appeals to them as it has well-drained gravel soils, and a Mediterranean climate with a maritime influence.
Evans & Tate plant the land to vines and set about crafting wines of exceptional quality. They name the vineyard Redbrook, after Tate’s beloved Daschund.
Evans & Tate Classic Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (Dry White) is released, as a fresh and easy-drinking blend. Twenty-five years on, it continues to be Australia’s favourite Margaret River wine (Nielsen MAT Value 2012).
The popularity and demand for Evans & Tate wines continues to grow, selling approximately 150,000 cases of wine, up from 6,000 cases in 1987.
The Evans & Tate 1999 Margaret River Shiraz wins best red wine at the 17th Annual International Wine Challenge in London, beating 4875 others.
It is the first time a Western Australian red wine has won such a prestigious and significant award.
The McWilliam family, one of Australia’s First Families of Wine, finalise the purchase of Evans & Tate. This brings together Australia’s most awarded winemaker with Australia’s favourite Margaret River wines.
Evans & Tate wins Most Successful Exhibitor at all three major Western Australian wine shows – Royal Perth, Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia and Margaret River Wine Show.
This includes an incredible seven trophies at the Qantas Wine Show alone.
Evans & Tate is awarded five red stars by James Halliday in the 2011 Australian Wine Companion.
The 2009 Redbrook Cabernet Sauvignon is a triple trophy winner at the International Wine Competition.
Our original vineyard was planted with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1974 and named ‘Redbrook’ after our founder, John Tate’s, beloved dachshund. Nestled in the heart of the Wilyabrup wine region in Margaret River, our founders selected the site because of its well-drained gravel soils and maritime-influenced Mediterranean climate. These unique, natural characteristics enables the production of first-class wines.