About Houghton

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.

FUNCTIONS AT HOUGHTON

CELEBRATE AT HOUGHTON
Thank you for considering Houghton for your celebration or special event.
Houghton has several cellars and attractive spaces that can provide the ideal backdrop to any celebratory or corporate event.
You can make an enquiry by contacting our cellar door on 08 9274 9540.

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.


WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A WINEMAKER AT HOUGHTON?

Truthfully, at lot of patience, dedication, hard work and an outstanding palate, plus our winemakers must first work alongside the Houghton senior winemaker, learning the distinctive Houghton style, for many years until they can become top winemaker at Houghton.

Our current winemaker, Ross Pamment is only the 13th winemaker in all of Houghton’s history.

Paired alongside our winemaking strength is our credible selection of vineyards. We source grapes from the original Swan Valley vineyard, the Gingin vineyard, plus premium grape-growing regions in the South West including Margaret River, Great Southern and the emerging Pemberton area.

Ross has over 22 years winemaking experience, of which 13 have been at Houghton.

Wine Making Process

Our Winemakers

 

13 winemakers spanning over 180 years

Houghton has been proudly established for over 180 years. We like to think that it is our exacting attention to flavour profile and overall balance in our wines that sets them apart.

The cornerstone of our winemaking practice was set by Jack Mann, winemaker at Houghton from 1922 to 1972. Jack was unrelenting in his search for flavour and character. His desire to make wine to exacting standards was legendary within the industry and is still core to our winemaking style today.

Our winemaking strength is also built upon through our selection of vineyards. So we source grapes from our own Swan Valley site, our Gingin site, Margaret River, Great Southern and the emerging Pemberton area.

MEET ROSS OUR HOUGHTON WINEMAKER
Ross had always wanted to be a winemaker from an early age. Fine wines resonated with his palate, but sage advice saw him work in the industry before committing to study. He began his winemaking career as a Cellar Hand at Houghton in the Swan Valley in 1989.

With a keen interest in pinot noir and chardonnay, Ross ventured to Burgundy, France, in 1990, to undertake a vintage with Louis Chapuis of Aloxe Corton. A further two years were spent wandering the wine wilderness of Europe, each experience building his palate and desire to become a winemaker.

Back in Australia, Ross completed a Bachelor of Science in Oenology at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. His first role out of university was at Mountadam in Eden Valley, South Australia, as Winemaker during the 1996 vintage.

Upon the birth of his first daughter in 1997, Ross moved back home to Western Australia, taking up a position as Assistant Winemaker with Salitage in the developing Pemberton wine region.

In October 1999, Ross rejoined the winemaking team at Houghton in the Swan Valley.

In 2001, he was the inaugural winner of the ‘Qantas Medal’, presented by Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, encouraging excellence among young winemakers.

In 2004, he was selected as one of only 12 winemakers in Australia to attend the week-long ‘Len Evans Wine Tutorial’, arguably the most exclusive wine school in the world and an experience Ross cites as “once in a lifetime”.

As part of his role with Houghton, Ross oversaw winemaking at Brookland Valley, Houghton’s sister wine company in Margaret River.

In 2009, Ross was appointed Houghton’s Senior Winemaker, as successor to Rob Bowen.

Ross now holds the mantle of maintaining the definitive and consistent style of Houghton White Classic (formerly Houghton White Burgundy), while also crafting small parcels of fine wines from Margaret River, Pemberton and the Great Southern region. One of the finest examples of his work is the Houghton Wisdom Pemberton Chardonnay.

Outside of wine, Ross enjoys the pursuit of reducing his golf handicap and is also an active soccer player. He lives with his wife, Sharon, and two children in the Perth Hills.

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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