About Pinelli

When it comes to value for money, there are few better places than this little producer. The vineyard is mostly part of the original Waldeck holding, subdivided some years ago, although a new vineyard on the Swan River flood plain has added another dimension. In some years the quality is exceptional, as evidenced by a number of show successes in Perth.

With much patience, hard work and the proverbial blood, sweat and tears, Domenic and Iolanda set about slowly establishing a winery to deliver premium and deliciously flavoured wines that express the varietal character of the region in which they are produced. The Swan Valley, with its rich soils, was an ideal region to grow grapes and produce premium wines. The winters are wet and the summers filled with adequate sunshine to ensure maximum flavour and ripening of the grapes. The outcome are wines that are approachable and drinkable even at an early age – the white wine are delicate and soft and the red wines full and rich in flavour.

From its early beginnings, Domenic and Iolanda shared the knowledge and joy of winemaking and grapegrowing with their family ensuring that the winery would continue to grow with future generations. Today, sons Robert and Daniel ensure that the focus and commitment to its customers and pursuit of quality continues.

A simple philosophy of ensuring exceptional quality from the vineyard to the glass has meant that from humble beginnings some three decades ago, Pinelli’s has now grown to become a second generation family winery producing around 150,000 litres of wine each year. Pinelli wines are available to the public from the cellar door, by ordering online or by mail order only.

HISTORY

Pinelli Wines was established in the Swan Valley in 1980 by Domenic and Iolanda Pinelli.

Having emigrated to Australia from the Molise region of Italy in the mid 1950’s, they shared a vision to create a family winery incorporating their Italian heritage, which recognised that good wine needed to be a part of every dining experience.

Domenic Pinelli gained invaluable experience working for over twenty years with his former employer, the iconic Western Australian producer of the 1960s, Waldeck Wines. Domenic purchased what he referred to as “the pick of the vineyards of the area” – a 7 acre block in Caversham, Western Australia. This was earmarked as the site of the Pinelli family winery, cellar door and vineyard.

Pinelli Estate Wines

For more than 35 years and through two generations, the Pinelli family has continued to produce handcrafted premium wines. Founders Domenic and Iolanda Pinelli have now passed the winemaking baton onto their sons to ensure winemaking is still a family tradition. Focus on its customers and pursuit of quality continues with recent award-winning wines and trophy success.

OWNERS : Domenic and Iolanda Pinelli
WINEMAKERS : Robert and Daniel Pinelli
ESTABLISHED : 1980
VINEYARD LOCATION : Caversham
ANNUAL CRUSH 35 : 180 tonnes
VARIETIES : Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Chenin, Durif

CELLAR DOOR : 114 Benara Road, Caversham
OPEN : Monday – Sunday (except some public holidays), 10am – 5pm
WINE PRICES : $16 – 55
PHONE : 9279 6818
EMAIL : info@pinelliwines.com.au
WEBSITE : www.pinelliwines.com.au
DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door,  Online

Pinelli Breanna rosé 2017 ($16)

This is always a delightful current drinking little number. Bright and cheery fruit characters of cherry and raspberry. The palate has a lively crisp acidity to balance the succulent light fruit flavours. Nice in the short term.

SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 3 years

Pinelli Reserve durif 2015 ($32)

Little wonder that a variety most famous (in Australia) in north-eastern Victoria should also find a home in the Swan Valley. Pretty solid wine and, although the alcohol is quite high, it sits harmoniously within the wine. Typically deep dark plum with spices and dark cherry. Seamless and well integrated. Will evolve nicely over the next few years.

SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 10 years

Wine Making Process

The combination of Robert and Daniel in the winery, and Domenic in the vineyard, produces a unique blend of enthusiasm and experience which is reflected in their wines’ recent successes at wine shows and wine reviews.

Gold medal & Trophy – 2009 Swan Valley Wine Show (2009 Family Reserve Verdelho )
Gold medal & Trophy
 – 2009 Winewise Small Vignerons Awards (Breanna Rose 2009)
 Gold medal – 2012 Swan Valley Wine Show (2011 Reserve Shiraz)
Gold medal 
– 2010 Swan Valley Wine Show (2010 Family Reserve Verdelho)
Gold medal – 2010 Swan Valley Wine Show (2010 Late Harvest)
Gold medal – 2009 Swan Valley Wine Show (2009 Family Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc)
Gold medal – 2008 Swan Valley Wine Show (Breanna Rose 2008)
Gold medal – 2008 Swan Valley Wine Show (Grand Tawny)
Gold medal – 2007 Swan Valley Wine Show (Late Harvest Verdelho 2007)

Our Winemakers

 

Robert Pinelli

Robert graduated in winemaking from Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia (now University of Adelaide), in 1987 and has been winemaker at Pinelli’s for over 20 years.   Robert has produced many award-winning wines and in 1993 he won a coveted trophy at the Perth Royal Show for his 1993 Chenin Blanc.

Daniel Pinelli

After graduating in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Australia in 1994 and working as a Structural Engineer, Daniel pursued his interests in wine and winemaking by joining his brother Robert in 2002.  Studying by distance education, Daniel successfully completed his winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, in 2007 with Distinction and won the Domain Chandon prize for the best Sparkling wine student.

With the basis of fully-flavoured grapes, sons Robert and Daniel Pinelli are able to transform the juice into the finest of premium wines by utilising new-world winemaking techniques in combination with traditional practices built up over centuries and learnt by Domenic growing up in Italy.

Pinelli Cellar Door

30 Bennett Street, Caversham Western Australia

CONTACT

Phone 9279 6818
info@pinelliwines.com.au

Website

http://www.pinelli.com.au/

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