About Sittella

THE 2015 WINE WISE SMALL VIGNERON AWARDS GO TO SITTELLA

On the 20th August 3 trophies have been awarded to Sittella by the Wine Wise Small Vignerons. These wines are the 2009 Sparkling vintage Pinot / Chardonnay, the 2014 Margaret River Reserve Chardonnay, and the 2013 Margaret River Berns Reserve. *Wine Wise Small Vignerons* is based in Canberra, and organizes annual awards for the small wineries who crush under the 250 tonnes.* This year there were 841 submissions.

QANTAS/MT.BARKER SHOW AWARDS FOR SITTELLA

Very recently the results of the annual Qantas/Mt.Barker Show has given Sittella some brilliant results! 2 Gold Medals for the 2013 and 2014 Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay. Perth Royal Show 2016 Gold Medal 2016 SV Verdelho. 3 Silver Medals for the 2009 Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay/ 2014 Berns Reserve and the Reserve NV Liqueur Muscat. The 2013 Berns Reserve got a Bronze. Congrats to our Wine making team!!
Since being established in 1998, Sittella has progressed to become one of the region’s best small producers, with an impressive range of wines from the Swan Valley and Margaret River, including sparkling, table wine and fortifieds. As well, the attractive cellar area in the Swan includes a popular restaurant providing à la carte dining.

WELCOME TO SITTELLA

Founded in 1998, Sittella is one of Western Australia’s newest, privately owned wineries. Owners Simon and Maaike Berns have the support of an enthusiastic team of professionals to create and produce high quality traditional wine styles, from both their own and contract vineyards throughout the Swan Valley and Margaret River Region and the Deep South. The winery is named after a small Australian bird, the Sittella, which abounds in the nearby tree-lined Swan River.
Nestled among the vines on a gently winding road near the upper reaches of the Swan River lies the Sittella winery & restaurant, a jewel of the historic Swan Valley.

In this tranquil setting with valley and vineyard views from the verandah, visitors are invited to enjoy fine food and award winning wines.Take the time-out for a relaxing visit to Sittella Winery in the heart of the picturesque Swan Valley, a leisurely 30 minute drive from Perth City.

You’ll be glad that you made the journey!

RESTAURANT

In this tranquil setting with valley and vineyard views from the verandah, visitors are invited to enjoy fine food and award winning wines. Imaginative architectural work has brought together artistic qualities and practical spaces in a splendid earth-rendered winery that has become another ‘jewel’ of the Swan Valley.

Maaike Berns has been responsible for the interior of the restaurant where all wines can be enjoyed with delightful meals of excellent value.

The Winery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10. am =- 11.30 am for morning coffee/tea and cellar wine sales, from noon to 4:00 PM for lunch. (just keep in mind that the kitchen closes for hot meal orders at 2.30 pm). To avoid disappointment, bookings are advised. You may book Book Online  via our real time calendar, dimmi both on our website or calling 08 9296 2600

Sittella’s last addition “The Nest” is an intimate food&wine café open on Saturdays and Sundays. From 9am – 4pm (breakfast till 11am and all day Brunch)

WEDDING AND FUNCTIONS

At Sittella Winery we specialise in making your next important occasion a truly memorable experience.
Sittella Winery is located on a picturesque landscape in the heart of the Swan Valley wine-growing region, with the Darling Range escarpment as a backdrop.
The Mediterranean styled earth rendered buildings capture the essence of modern Italy, with sweeping views over our vineyards, providing the ultimate location for which to host any occasion.
Indoors, we can cater for full sit down dining up to 70 guests and to a maximum of 110 utilising our superb timber decked veranda with room for your guests to dance the night away.
Our experienced and innovative team can offer an extensive range of tailor made solutions to suit your every need.

INCLUDING:

– Weddings
– Cocktail Parties
– Corporate Functions
– Product Launches
– Birthday Parties
– Anniversaries
– Sundowners
– Private Dinners
– Small boardroom meetings

You can select from our many menu options and we can also assist in your selection of wines to compliment your menu choice. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the year, you can hold a function or wedding at Sittella for no room charge. And during the months of June, July and August, the midweek and weekend weddings are without room charge.

WEDDING

At Sittella Winery we specialise in making your next important occasion a truly memorable experience. Sittella Winery is located on a picturesque landscape in the heart of the Swan Valley wine-growing region, with the Darling Range escarpment as a backdrop. The Mediterranean styled earth rendered buildings capture the essence of modern Italy, with sweeping views over our vineyards, providing the ultimate location for which to host any occasion. Indoors, we can cater for full sit down dining up to 70 guests and to a maximum of 110 utilising our superb timber decked veranda with room for your guests to dance the night away. Our experienced and innovative team can offer an extensive range of tailor made solutions to suit your every need.

CORPORATE FUNCTIONS

Sittella restaurant is available for corporate functions. You can download our function information packat our function page, for more information or contact the function coordinators at Sittella’s restaurant.
Sittella also has a small Board Room, for small meetings or conferences. See below the brochure for it.

Sittella Winery

Since being established in 1998, Sittella has progressed to become one of the region’s best small producers, with an impressive range of wines from the Swan Valley and Margaret River, including sparkling, table wine and fortifieds. As well, the attractive cellar area in the Swan includes a popular restaurant providing à la carte dining. A new wine bar The Nest serves tapasstyle plates and Nest Only small batch wines

OWNERS : Simon and Maaike Berns
WINEMAKERS : Colby Quirk and Yuri Berns
ESTABLISHED : 1998
VINEYARD LOCATION : Swan Valley
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho, Tempranillo, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc

CELLAR DOOR : 100 Barrett Street, Herne Hill
OPEN : Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays, 10am – 4pm
WINE PRICES : $17 – 55
PHONE : 9296 2600
EMAIL : info@sittella.com.au
WEBSITE : www.sittella.com.au
DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Online, Mail Order, Retail

Sittella Methode Traditionelle pinot noir chardonnay 2008 ($40)

This is a late disgorged sparkling which has been given extra time to develop from its time on yeast lees. The nose gives it away. Orange rind, and a yeasty autolysis influence with a merging of brioche, marmalade and creamy nutty characters. The palate is striking and complex, while the length is impressive. Mighty good sparkling wine.

SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 5 years

Sittella Marie Christien Lugten Grand Vintage 2012 ($32)

Excellent sparkling wine which Sittella sources from the cooler Pemberton region. It’s chardonnay dominant and that shows with the slightly lemon essence on the nose. Yet the palate has a deeper complexity and power, although there is such exquisite delicacy. Very consistent through the palate, which is the hallmark of a complete wine.

SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 6 years

Sittella The Calling verdelho 2017 ($19)

One of the best varieties in the Swan Valley. It’s a variety that drinks well as a youngster, but which can develop into something far more complex with ageing. Tropical notes on the nose with a touch of lemon rind and grapefruit edge. Persistent with a crisp kick on the finish.

SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 5 years

Sittella Wilyabrup Reserve chardonnay 2016 ($32)

Sittella sources the fruit for this excellent chardonnay from Wilyabrup down at Margaret River. This is a light and quite delicate chardonnay displaying some nice subtle white peach and light charry oak minerality on the nose. The palate is refined and elegantly poised. Neatly crafted and most stylish.

SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 6 years

Sittella Coffee Rock shiraz 2015 ($55)

This exceptional wine comes off old dry-grown Swan Valley shiraz vines. It shows how good some of this old valley fruit can be. A deeply concentrated and layered shiraz displaying a degree of elegance and style. The subtle earthy notes merge seamlessly with bright red fruit characters. The palate is supported by powdery tannin and some decent oak. Seamlessly integrated.

SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years

Sittella Berns Reserve cabernet sauvignon 2015 ($55)

The distinctive high-end notes of leafy blackcurrant on the nose point to Margaret River where this cabernet was sourced. This is a bold statement of cabernet, with firm tannin and tight oak holding a rigid linear thread through the middle palate core. The little hint of black olive heightens that feel, yet gradually deeper plumper fruit characters break free. Lots of potential here.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 12 years

Sittella Vineyard

Located in the Swan Valley, on a stretch of fertile land 20 km north-east of Perth. In this upper river district, with the Darling Ranges to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west, the warm Mediterranean style climate provides steady winter rainfall and hot, dry summers which produce grapes of wonderful flavour, richness, balance and style. The water supply is a trickle system using bore water. Verdelho, Chardonnay, Shiraz, vines grow over a 5 hectare allotment on rich alluvial sandy loam soils (3 hectares under vine). Recent plantings also include Tempranillo, and Petit Verdot.

Wine Making Process

Rolling hills and undulating vineyards formed the back drop for Simon and Maaike Berns’s travels through France in the eighties. The couple experienced the food, the wines, the French passion for growing grapes, making their own wines and their love for live ‘savoir vivre’. It was this inspiration that Simon and Maaike took back with them to Perth.

Simon showed his interest for viticulture and possibly making some wine for family and friends. So the couple purchased land in the Swan Valley in 1993 and began to plant a vineyard on weekends. Initially Verdelho, a Portuguese variety, Chardonnay and Shiraz were planted. Later other varieties such as Petit Verdot and Tempranillo, suitable to the Swan Valley’s hot climate. More recently fruit has been sourced from their vineyard in Margaret River and fruit purchased from Frankland River.

Cellar Door

100 Barrett Street
Herne Hill
Western Australia, 6056

CONTACT

Phone +61 (08) 9296 2600
info@sittella.com.au

Website

www.sittella.com.au

Media

Awards and reviews

2017 Australia/ New Zealand Boutique Wine Show

  • Trophy for the 2016 Tinta Rouge SGT  (Best Red Blend )
  • Trophy for the 2012 Grand Vintage Sparkling Pinot “Marie-Christien”

2017 Wine Wise Small Vigneron Show

  • Trophy Best Cabernet 2014 Berns Reserve

2017 Singapore Airlines/Swan Valley Wine show

  • Trophy Best Sparkling 2012 Grand Vintage
  • Trophy Best White Wine or Blend (other than Verdelho) 2009 Museum Silk
  • Trophy Best Red Wine or Blend (other than Shiraz) Avant Garde Grenache 2016
    Trophy Best Swan Valley White Table Wine 2009 Museum Silk
  • Trophy Best Swan Valley Red Table Wine Avant Garde Grenache 2016
  • Trophy Best Fortified Wine of Show Reserve Liqueur MuscatOverall Trophies of this show
  • Most Successful producer and Best Table wine of the Show.

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