– Dave Johnson
‘… HAVING PEOPLE TAKE PLEASURE IN THEM IS SOMETHING HE CONTINUES TO ENJOY.’
The spark that set Dave on the path to winemaking began in Perth in 1996. After working a desk job in a bank for five years, Dave began studying horticulture two nights a week; with the view to getting out of the office and into the horticultural industry. A study unit on fruit trees and grapevines led to the revelation that the wine industry was the place for him. Margaret River was named as the destination and a sea-change of sorts occurred with Dave and his wife Kate moving “down south” in late 1998.
His first job in the wine industry was a year working in the vineyard at Moss Wood. It was here that his interest in wine began to evolve (inevitable, drinking 1996 Moss Wood Cabernet after a long day in the vineyard) and then in 2000, he began working at Juniper Estate. This position required Dave to work partly in the vineyard and partly in the winery. The winery grew its production over the five years Dave was there; requiring
that he eventually focus more on the winery rather than the vineyard. This led to his promotion to Assistant Winemaker and also led to the decision to pursue a Wine Science degree at Charles Sturt University to become a qualified winemaker.
WOOLSTON VINEYARD – 42 HECTARES The original vineyard site in Carbunup, Woolston Vineyard was purchased from the government as crown land and then cleared by the family in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. The first plantings commenced in 1988, with a 4 hectare Cabernet Sauvignon block planting. Over the next decade the Credaro Family established themselves as key growers to several established Margaret River brands, growing the Woolston Vineyard to 42 hectares. This vineyard is home to our flagship Shiraz Block 901 and our oldest Cabernet and Chardonnay vines.
CARBUNUP VINEYARD – 37 HECTARES In 1999 the family purchased the Carbunup River Vineyard north of the Woolston property. This property has an abundance of water with the Carbunup River running through the property and a large underground water license. This vineyard has a unique north facing slope overlooking the flats of the Abba Plaines to the Geographe Bay. This is also where the winery was built in 2003. This vineyard consists of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon Block 984 which was established in 1998. Watch Video
SUMMUS VINEYARD – 18 HECTARES In 2011 the family bought a sought after vineyard in the heart of the Wilyabrup sub-region. It’s situated in a valley system 5km from the coastline with a north facing slope ideal for producing Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay and Shiraz. There is currently a 13 hectare vineyard on this property which was established in 1987. The Credaro family are currently establishing a new, 5 hectare, high density vineyard that consists of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The density of the vineyard is 6,667 vines per hectare, with vine spacing’s of 1 metre by 1.5 metres. The family have planted three clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, including the Houghton Select Clone, and also two new clones out of France, Clone 337 and 191. The family have also planted the Merlot 181 clone, with the first crops expected from the Cabernet and Merlot blocks in the 2016 and 2017 vintages. Watch Video
YALLINGUP VINEYARD – 8 HECTARES The Yallingup vineyard consists of 8 hectares of vineyard and is home to the Credaro cellar door. The property has a panoramic outlook over the Wildwood Valley from the cellar door, with a steep south facing slope and a large dam at the base of the valley. The vineyard was planted in the early 90’s on rich loam and gravelly soils producing high quality Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot and Malbec. Watch Video