Once upon a time in the early 1800’s Henry John Willoughby was born in England. He was to become a Major General serving the Empire in India.
In keeping with the family’s adventurous nature one of the General’s daughters married James Fowler, an English Gentleman, who was a tea and coffee plantation owner in South America. Eventually as this branch of the family travelled so did the Willoughby name – through the generations and across the seas – to Australia’s Great Southern wine region.
Today the descendants of the South American planter have continued the story of beautiful locations and life’s “little everyday luxuries” in establishing a boutique winery and Denmark’s first craft brewery. To honour their illustrious forbears and in recognition of family tradition, the property is named Willoughby Park.
Willoughby Park is first and foremost a winery and microbrewery. But it is more than just a place where (good!) things are made – it’s a place where things happen. Great music gigs, art exhibitions and events in support of local community groups all find a home at Willoughby Park. Watch too for our involvement in off property tastings, dinners and other special events and sponsorships.
Michael Ng was born in 1978 in a farming village in the Guangdong Province of China. He moved to Sri Lanka in 1986 when his father was offered a role as head chef, developing a Chinese Restaurant chain in Colombo. Michael believes that’s where he first found his passion for food.
Willoughby Park own two vineyards, being Kalgan River & the small vineyard here at the winery known as the Brewery Vineyard.
Brewery Vineyard is about 2 Hectares (Ha), which was grafted over to Pinot Noir two years ago. Two clones, 115 & 777. First crop this year about 3.5 tonne. Kalgan River Vineyard was planted 2000-2002 and there is currently about 19 Ha under vine.
Approximate break up:
7 Ha Shiraz
4 Ha Cabernet Sauvignon
3 Ha Riesling
4 Ha Chardonnay. Two clones, Mendoza & 96.
0.5 Ha Pinot Noir. Two clones, 115 & 777. New plantings. First crop will be 2015.
0.5 Ha Nebbiolo. New plantings. First crop 2016.
Generally between 110-130 tonne is harvested from Kalgan River Vineyard each year, although in 2014, it was 140 tonne.
The Sauvignon Blanc comes from a vineyard in the Porogurups, the rest mostly from Mt Barker, with small parcels from Nannup and Boyup Brook.