In 1922 the Baskerville area of the Swan Valley was subdivided for viticulture and the first vines were planted in 1923.
Starting from "scratch" Duncan cleared the trees, turning them in to mulch, slashed the grass, removed the fruit trees and chased away the snakes.
Duncan then started ploughing the ground in the hot summer months to remove the couch grass, an evil in any vineyard. The 100 cubic metres of chook manure was added to the soil to improve the soil micro-biota. In April 1999 Duncan hired a D9 caterpillar
bulldozer to rip all the planting lines ready for planting vines in the spring. First were planted shiraz cuttings, sourced from John Kosovich and a row of rootstock called Schwartzmann - ten rows in total.
The Swan Valley winery cellar door opened in the year 2000 after the first vintage was made on site.
There are five wineries in Memorial Avenue at the top of the Swan Valley.
Duncan Harris started making wine in 1995 and since then has won awards at the local commercial Swan Valley wine show against all other Swan Valley wineries. See the list of winners below.