About Gralyn Estate

RAY JORDAN WINE GUIDE 2016

Grace Farm embraces organic principles and sustainable practices. Under the watchful eye of viticulturist Tim Quinlan, the vineyard blocks have been carefully matched to the appropriate grape varieties. This beautiful small vineyard with its distinctive forest grove soils and ideal topography is producing first-class fruit and wines for which the region is famous.

ABOUT GRALYN ESTATE

Gralyn Estate was established in 1975 by Merilyn and Graham Hutton and is situated in Willyabrup in the heart of the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia. The organic vineyard and winery is small, family owned and operated, with non-irrigated, low yielding mature vines. The Estate is recognized as one of Western Australia’s most prestigious boutique wineries, having been awarded numerous gold medals and trophies at both national and international wine shows. The full bodied dry red wines are superb examples of strength and finesse, with the potential to age gracefully. They have been selected for Qantas First Class international flights and judged as equal to the famous Premier Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux wines such as Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild. Winestate Annual Magazine 2013

The influential American wine writer Robert M. Parker, Jr. describes the Gralyn Cabernet Sauvignon as “one of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted from Margaret River.”
The Gralyn Cellar Door is situated on Caves Road, Willyabrup and is open daily for tastings and wine sales. Gralyn wines are not sold in restaurants or retail outlets, however they can be ordered online and delivered Australia-wide and overseas, where possible.

The Gralyn Story

The Beginning 
In 1968 Graham and Merilyn Hutton (nee Price) married and moved to Willyabrup. Graham was a dairy farmer from Capel, and Merilyn a Home Economics teacher from Perth. The couple met through Junior Farmers (a club for rural youth) when Merilyn was teaching at the Busselton High School. The early years were spent clearing their 230ha farm, fencing, planting pasture and rearing beef cattle.

Early Days
The early 1970’s were particularly tough, with beef prices very low. In 1975 they decided to diversify their beef farming operation and planted a 4.5 ha vineyard on their farm. Merilyn recalls that it was an early bottle of 1973 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon that won them over – “we realized even in those early days there was something very special about the quality and flavour of the Willyabrup grapes.” Merilyn and Graham were self-taught winemakers. Merilyn’s knowledge of chemistry plus a few short wine quality control courses at the University of WA, assistance from the WA Department of Agriculture, and lots of reading, provided the foundation for their new career.

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Gralyn Estate

4145 Caves Road, Wilyabrup Wilyabrup Western Australia, 6284

CONTACT

Phone +61 8 9755 6245
Fax +61 8 9755 6136
info@gralyn.com.au

Website

http://www.gralyn.com.au/

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