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About Houghton

About Houghton Wines still operates in its original Swan Valley winery property, a short 30-minute drive from Perth CBD. The property showcases the rich wine-making history that spans across only 13 senior winemakers in its 178 years. With more than 60 hectares of vineyard, lush gardens and historic buildings, guests can take part in a vibrant experience that showcases a true Australian classic. During the 178 years, Houghton has become known as a West Australian icon and is a brand of rich heritage, quality and consistency across the entire portfolio of wine.

A brand rich in its heritage, Houghton have come a long way since 1836. With thousands of trophies, medals and accolades to our name, Houghton is Western Australia’s most awarded winery.

Notably, we have garnered the highest number of awards for Cabernet Sauvignon, the red variety for which Western Australia is most acclaimed.

Houghton was established in 1836, just four years after the fledgling colony of Western Australia was founded. It is one of Australia’s oldest operating wineries.

The winery was founded by a syndicate of three British Army officers and named after one of its first owners – Lieutenant Colonel Richmond Houghton, who started producing wine early with its first commercial vintage – a modest 25 gallons, in 1859.

In 1880, Houghton received its first wine award, the ‘Order of Merit’ at the Great Melbourne Exhibition. This was the first of many triumphs that have paved the way for Houghton to become Western Australia’s most awarded winery.

Houghton has had just 13 winemakers in its rich history and under their custodianship has produced wines with a remarkable consistency of style.

In 1922, 16-year-old Jack Mann, under the guidance of his father, George, began his winemaking apprenticeship at Houghton. Jack was to become the driving force of Houghton for 51 consecutive vintages. He brought passion, creative genius and an influence that extended far beyond Houghton, to the whole West Australian and Australian wine industry.

Jack’s best-known creation was Houghton White Burgundy, now ‘Houghton White Classic’, first crafted with incredible foresight in 1937 and an Australian favourite to this day.

Houghton is now the tenth-largest red and white bottle brand in Australia, and sources fruit from every major premium grape-growing region in WA, including Gingin, Margaret River, Frankland River and Mount Barker in the Great Southern, and the emerging Pemberton region.

Houghton is marking its celebrations with 175th year labelling on wines released this year, in addition to the winery’s signature stripe.

Houghton History

Houghton was established in 1836, just four years after the fledgling colony of Western Australia was founded. It is one of Australia’s oldest operating wineries.

The winery was founded by a syndicate of three British Army officers and named after one of its first owners – Lieutenant Colonel Richmond Houghton, who started producing wine early with its first commercial vintage – a modest 25 gallons, in 1859.

In 1880, Houghton received its first wine award, the ‘Order of Merit’ at the Great Melbourne Exhibition. This was the first of many triumphs that have paved the way for Houghton to become Western Australia’s most awarded winery.

Houghton has had just 13 winemakers in its rich history and under their custodianship has produced wines with a remarkable consistency of style.

In 1922, 16-year-old Jack Mann, under the guidance of his father, George, began his winemaking apprenticeship at Houghton. Jack was to become the driving force of Houghton for 51 consecutive vintages. He brought passion, creative genius and an influence that extended far beyond Houghton, to the whole West Australian and Australian wine industry.

Jack’s best-known creation was Houghton White Burgundy, now ‘Houghton White Classic’, first crafted with incredible foresight in 1937 and an Australian favourite to this day.

Houghton is now the tenth-largest red and white bottle brand in Australia, and sources fruit from every major premium grape-growing region in WA, including Gingin, Margaret River, Frankland River and Mount Barker in the Great Southern, and the emerging Pemberton region.


DIVERSITY IS KEY

Houghton maintains and sources grapes from vineyards throughout Western Australia, this diversity provides a rich resource to produce an array of fine wines.

SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley is the oldest wine region in Western Australia and is rich in history. Just 30 minutes North West of Perth, the Swan Valley has a Mediterranean climate, tempered by Indian Ocean breezes. Rich, alluvial soils are ideal for growing Chardonnay, Chenin, Semillon, Verdelho and Cabernet Sauvignon.

GINGIN – Sitting in the foothills of Western Australia’s Darling Ranges at Gingin, 88km North of Perth, Gingin produces wines with generous flavours, due to a warm climate, rich soils and a cool maritime influence.

MARGARET RIVER – Stretching 100km from Cape Naturaliste in the North to Cape Leeuwin in the south, the long, narrow region of Margaret River boasts a climate and soils with ideal conditions for producing quality wines.

PEMBERTON – Western Australia’s newest wine region, located south east of Margaret River, Pemberton has a warm maritime climate, with vines at 100m and free draining soils that combine to produce wine with elegance and structure.

FRANKLAND RIVER – Located in the Great Southern area of Western Australia, this inland region has unique granite “marri” type that is highly productive. A warm, Mediterranean climate ensures wines with richness and density

MT BARKER – Found west of the Albany Highway, the Mt Barker region is distinguished by its gravelly loams called “marri” with excellent drainage and low fertility. A Mediterranean climate and low levels of humidity with high sunshine ensure wines with richness and intensity.

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Houghton

148 Dale Road, Middle Swan Western Australia 6056 Middle Swan Western Australia, 6056

CONTACT

Phone 08 9274 9540
cellardoor@houghton-wines.com.au

Website

http://www.houghton-wines.com.au/

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