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

Houghton has been part of the WA winescape for 180 years – dating back to the earliest years of the colony. The range of wines is breathtaking, from the value-formoney wines which include the extraordinary White Classic, through to Jack Mann, which honours its most famous winemaker and WA’s most important producer.

OWNERS : Accolade Wines
WINEMAKERS : Ross Pamment
ESTABLISHED : 1836
VINEYARD LOCATION : Swan Valley
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Semillon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc

CELLAR DOOR : 148 Dale Road, Middle Swan
OPEN : Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
WINE PRICES : $13 – 133
PHONE : 9274 9540
EMAIL : cellardoor@houghton-wines.com.au
WEBSITE : www.houghton-wines.com.au
DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Online, Mail Order, Retail

Houghton Crofters cabernet sauvignon 2014 ($19)

Sourced from Frankland River fruit, this perfectly demonstrates why this area is often underrated for cabernet. Grainy and slightly chalky tannins, cedar oak and smooth medium-bodied fruit produce an excellent package of stylish expression. So well balanced and not a bad medium-term value-for-money cellaring wine.

SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 8 years

Houghton Small Batch Rojo Grande 2015 ($25)

A blend of tempranillo, grenache touriga and shiraz showing more than a touch of the Iberian Peninsula. Supple with some gravelly earthy nuances, a little ripe raspberry and darker cherry and plummy fruit. This is made as a ready-to-drink wine, but with a little more complexity than you might expect. I like the style.

SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years

Houghton White Classic 2016 ($13)

Without doubt, this is Western Australia’s most famous wine. Started in 1937 by legendary winemaker Jack Mann and continued through a succession of great winemakers. Fresh fruit salad and lively fruit with a lift of citrus and gentle acid. It is just such damn fine drinking and will continue to evolve with another five years’ bottle age.

SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 5 years

Houghton Small Batch rosé 2017 ($25)

This is made from a lot of different varieties and designed to express vibrant primary fruit characteristics on the nose and palate. It does this beautifully with a distinct rose petal floral aroma with a little flick of spiciness. Finishes dry and clean.

SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 3 years

Houghton The Bandit shiraz 2015 ($20)

Such a delicious, appealing wine with so much plump fleshy shiraz sourced from down at Frankland River. It’s spicy and savoury with dark chocolate and deep plummy fruit intensity. Smooth palate structure with ripe tannins and ample oak. There’s a real coffee grinds and mocha explosion happening in there too.

SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 6 years

Houghton C.W. Ferguson cabernet malbec 2013 ($69)

A wine that honours one of Houghton’s famous early winemakers and shows the virtues of malbec as a blending variety. Floral notes float over the plummy blackcurrant fruit. There’s savoury influences and a touch of spicy leather just starting to emerge. Perfectly integrated with a fine balance of silky tannins and finegrained oak. Outstanding.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 12 years

Houghton Gladstones cabernet sauvignon 2014 ($87)

Wonderful encapsulation of Margaret River cabernet sauvignon. Named in honour of John Gladstones, the man whose work was the catalyst for Margaret River. A slightly more restrained version than previous vintages, yet there is so much concentrated fruit within the explosive palate. It’s focused and controlled, with the tannin and oak weave giving it poise and structure. Has everything to handle long-term cellaring.

SCORE 97/100 CELLAR 20 years

Houghton Jack Mann 2014 ($133)

One of the finest Jack Manns. It comes from the famous Justin vineyard in Frankland River and displays all the finesse and poise that would have made old Jack proud had he lived to see it. Winemaker Ross Pamment has done a lot to invigorate this wine in recent years, producing a style of greater freshness and vitality, yet losing nothing in fruit power and intensity

SCORE 98/100 CELLAR 30 years

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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