Capel Vale’s Wine Making Philosophy
As pioneers within the Western Australia wine industry, Capel Vale wears its feather with pride as the first family owned winery to identify and refine the viticultural potential in ALL the best cool climate regions in Western Australia. Mature vineyards are owned in Geographe, Mount Barker, Pemberton and Margaret River.
While suiting a variety of consumers tastes and needs, these individual wines reflect a winemaking philosophy of wines with balance, complexity and elegant fruit flavours that gives rise to wines demonstrating distinctive regional essence of the finest four cool climate wine regions in Western Australia.
A winemaking philosophy of wines with balance, complexity & elegant fruit flavours.
From the company’s creation in 1974 by Peter Pratten, to recent new and exciting developments guided by son Simon Pratten, Capel Vale has always been one of the leading family-owned and managed wineries in Western Australia. However, not content to rest on their laurels and determined to continue to capture the imagination and passion of today’s wine drinkers, Capel Vale set off on a brave new phase in July 2007 – with the launch of a refined and enhanced portfolio of 3 wine ranges, namely the Single Vineyard Series, Regional Series and Debut Series. In 2015 our much loved Black Label Series is back to express an exalted selection of our best vintages and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the family owned and operated winery.
In 1986, Peter Pratten as winemaker produced a Capel Vale Riesling which was named Australian National Dry White Champion. An historic moment in the history of not only Capel Vale but also of Riesling in Australia. Today, Capel Vale is still family owned and managed.
From July 2007, Simon Pratten took over as Chief Executive Officer from Peter and Elizabeth Pratten, however both are still heavily involved in the business. Capel Vale is a fully integrated wine business from vineyard to bottle.
Along the coast of the Indian Ocean between Busselton and Perth, is a coastal limestone plain over which run a small number of rivers into the sea. Along the river banks are deposits of rich, red alluvial soil, approximately five metres deep, which lie over a limestone base. Capel Vale’s Stirling vineyard is situated on this terroir. This vineyard is trickle irrigated with pure, clean water with a guaranteed supply, supplemented by recycled treated water from the winery and bottling line.
The region enjoys a very mild climate with a strong Mediterranean influence. Summer days are generally warm but always end with a cool sea breeze that drops the temperature every afternoon. Rainfall occurs predominantly during the winter months.
“…the region enjoys a very mild climate with a strong Mediterranean influence.”
This region is particularly recognised for chardonnays and merlots with excellent mid-palate weight and concentration and shows great promise for some other varietals including Petit Verdot, Viognier, Verdelho, Tempranillo and Sangiovese.
The Geographe region while cool, has an earlier vintage and can support varieties that would not ripen in Mount Barker and Pemberton.
Geographe Region Capel Vineyard – Winery & Match Restaurant