Lying in the heart of the Ferguson Valley astride the Ferguson River is St Aidan Wines. Our 10 hectare boutique winery is family run with a ‘bud to bottle’ focus on quality.
“The creation of our masterpiece is the culmination of passionately crafting the perfect grape in the vineyard then extracting and blending its essence in the winery. We aim to create ‘Art in a Bottle’ ”
Visit our cellar door 6 days a week to sample our award winning wines, taste the menu for lunch and indulge in the local produce and signature dishes from the kitchen or relax with coffee and cake while the kids play on the undulating, spacious lawn area. Our equipped Function Centre caters for weddings, Christmas parties or group gatherings for you celebrate ‘on the Ferguson’. With views of the Ferguson River and Valley its the perfect spot for your next event.
Our Wines are available through the cellar door for you to taste and purchase, with free delivery for online customers when ordering online. Join our CARTON CLUB today to be the first to know of new releases and future events plus enjoy the complimentary ‘New Release’ sundowners where we invite you to help us celebrate a new wine release.
We look forward to welcoming you soon to Saint Aidan Wines where you can relax and enjoy the serenity, only 20 minutes from Bunbury.
St. Aidan Wines is a boutique vineyard straddling the Ferguson River in the heart of the Geographe wine region of Western Australia, just 20 minutes from Bunbury.
The name derives from the districts historic church that sits on its boundary.
The property was purchased in 1991 by Phil and Mary Smith who wanted a small farm for intensive horticulture within 20 minutes drive of the two Bunbury Hospitals where Phil works as an Anaesthetist.
“With no knowledge of the wine industry and no idea of our future in it, we ventured into table grapes and citrus trees planting a hectare of each between 1994 and 1996”
Following this experience, and Mary’s completion of a TAFE Viticulture course they broadened their horizons, planting a hectare of Chardonnay and a hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997. Over the next 6 years the vineyard was extended with the addition of more Chardonnay, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon vines. More recently Tempranillo has also been added to the stable. Phil and Mary are very conscious of maintaining the vineyard in an environmentally friendly manner using integrated pest management systems, natural fertilizers and energy efficient applications.
The wine is made under contract by Mark Messenger at Juniper Estate Winery in Cowaramup, just outside Margaret River. After a Bronze medal for the 2001 Chardonnay, and Silver Medal for the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon in the Geographe Wine Show, they have not looked back. Award highlights include Trophies for Best White wine, and Best Wine at Geographe Wine Show 2006, Best West Australian White wine at the Blackwood valley Wine show 2006, Best White wine and Best Small Producer at the Geographe Wine show 2009, and Mark Messenger winning the Nicholas Baudin Trophy for Most Successful Winemaker in 2008 and 2009 in the same show. We have also won numerous awards for best of class at a variety of shows.
Soon after the first wines were released the Cellar Door was opened, this was a ‘cave’ dug into the hill below the Cabernet Sauvignon vines. In the following years with increasing tourism demands, the ‘quaint’ tasting area was soon outgrown and in August 2009 the rammed earth Cellar Door was opened, this houses the Cafe and is nestled between the Sauvignon and Semillon vines and the Ferguson River. The building was sympathetically designed to blend in with the surroundings and reflect the design of the neighbouring Church from where we take our name. The result has been the creation of an ideal place for friends and clients of St Aidan Wines to enjoy a light meal, while savouring exquisite wines in a relaxed timeless atmosphere.
“Over 20 years we have transformed “our dreams to reality” in our own patch of heaven in the Ferguson Valley”.
St Aidan Wines
Mary and Phil attribute the continued success with their wines to attention to detail in the vineyard, focusing on optimum vine health and the talents of winemaker Mark Messenger. The cellar door and cafe provide a picturesque venue to enjoy tastings, lunch, movie nights and even the occasional concert.
OWNERS : Phil and Mary Smith WINEMAKERS : Mark Messenger ESTABLISHED : 1997 VINEYARD LOCATION : Geographe ANNUAL CRUSH : 20-25 tonnes VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Semillon, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat
CELLAR DOOR : 754 Ferguson Road, Ferguson OPEN : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11am – 4pm; Weekends and public holidays, 11am – 5pm WINE PRICES : $16 – 35 PHONE : 9728 3007 EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE : www.saintaidan.com.au DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Wholesaler, Online, Mail Order, Retail
St Aidan Sparkling chardonnay 2014 ($28)
Fine and aromatic sparkling wine made from 100 per cent chardonnay. Lovely brioche and cracked yeasty lemon zest on the nose. The palate is fine with a nice fluffy mousse and a fine persistent bead. Has a consistency through the middle palate. Crisp and fine to the finish. SCORE 88/100 CELLAR 4 Years
St Aidan chardonnay 2015 ($28)
This is made as a lighter-bodied delicate chardonnay that is best in the early years when the fresh vitality and purity of the uncompromised fruit is well to the fore. Light creamy white peach and nectarine flavours with a light touch of vanillin oak. Neat little drink. SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 4 years
St Aidan tempranillo 2016 ($25)
Has a distinctive spicy, savoury and slightly leafy brambly character on the nose. This is a medium-bodied wine with plenty of soft and generous fruit. Seamless palate integration with supple tannins and a light touch of oak. SCORE 87/100 CELLAR 3 years