Since 1994 we have been growing grapes in Margaret River, and our family vineyard is driven by our Italian heritage where our great grandfather was capo of the cooperativa winery in his home town in Valtellina, in the far north of Italy. Today my two sons Jordan and Adrian run the vineyard with much of the work done by our own hands, tending the vines to control vigour and crop load for grapes of intense flavour. Our flock of Wiltshire sheep are used in the vineyard for grass and weed control and removing the natural habitat of many pests. This means less herbicide, less pesticide, less tractor miles. Our ever increasing gaggle of geese are being trained to walk the vine rows feeding on snails, weevils, and other vine pests.
The winemaking approach is similar. Hand picked, gentle pressing, minimal filtration. We are soon to try a gravity fed bottling on a trial run of straight Nebbiolo.
Arlewood is the winner of James Halliday's 2017 Dark Horse Winery of the Year, reflecting the unique site and quality of small batch wines in southern Margaret River.
Personal service awaits Arlewood's visitors. The 10-seater Tasting Room is open Thursday to Sunday from 11am.
Arlewood offers free tastings & paid tasting experiences. Only small group bookings (6 guests or less) accepted.