In 1922 the Baskerville area of the Swan Valley was subdivided for viticulture and the first vines were planted in 1923. Grapes have been planted on our land for a large part of the time since that period. However, the grapes were mainly for fortified wines and dried fruit.
My ancestors were an entrepreneurial lot, with one Francois Girard, owning the Sydney Hotel (1828) and another, Michael Hayes, operating one of the first illegal distilleries in Australia in 1805.
Duncan Harris grew up in Tasmania's Tamar Valley, and came to Perth in 1993 as an engineer, eventually buying the Swan Valley property at Baskerville in 1998. While working full-time, he spent every spare moment building the dream of a vineyard and wine-making facilities in the Swan Valley.
The winery cellar door opened in 2000 and in 2001 Duncan became the full-time vigneron and winemaker. Full organic A grade certification was obtained in 2006. In 2017 and 2018 Duncan became a finalist for the organic farmer of the year award.
In 2018 we celebrate 20 years of ownership.
Tasting fees were introduced in 2002 with the new purpose built cellar door.
Duncan believes in sustainablity and organic methods as the only way of saving the planet. For those who would like to "do lunch" with my organic wines, I recommend the Swan Valley Gourmet Farm Cafe.