Introducing you to Hainault Vineyard ……
Michael and Lyn Sykes purchased the vineyard in March 2002. Both continue to work in their usual employment while working on the vineyard every spare moment they have. They rely heavily on voluntary labour - family members and friends frequently come to the vineyard to work for lunch or a cuppa.
The objective of Lyn and Michael is to continue to produce premium quality varietal wines while further developing a style synonymous with Perth Hills wines. A major goal is to reduce their reliance on chemicals and increase the use of organic solutions for the management of pests, weeds and diseases.
A café offering light lunches is open Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. Bookings highly recommended on all days.
Hainault vineyard is a family owned and operated boutique vineyard that is nestled in jarrah forest high in the Perth Hills region of Western Australia. The 5 ha vineyard, located 25 km east of Perth at 400 m elevation is the highest vineyard in the State and nestles in forest in one of the coldest parts of the State, atop the darling scarp. It was originally selected as Gungin orchard early last century and was replanted as a vineyard in 1978 by Peter Fimmel, one of the pioneers of the infant Perth Hills Wine Region.
Vine rows run east-west beside an underground stream, which bisects the vineyard and has both gravel and loam soils over white clay. Vineyard management focuses on natural solutions and careful vine and fruit management to present the best possible fruit for handpicking.
The cool climate, high rainfall and rich loam soils found in the Bickley Valley create an ideal environment for the production of premium quality wine grapes. The Boobook owl, whose distinctive call is heard regularly, signifies the connection of Hainault with this unique environment.
The Perth Hills Wine Region is gradually becoming known as an alternative destination to sample fine wines only half an hour from the city. The beautiful Bickley and Carmel Valleys are home to a cluster of boutique wineries which are well worth a visit. The wine trail currently comprises seven award winning vineyards all within a few kilometres of each other. Cellar doors are all open at the weekend and most will open during the week by appointment only.
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