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When Hilde and Ian (Duke) Ranson sold their clothing manufacturing business in 1998, they were able to fulfil a long-held dream of establishing a vineyard in the Porongurup subregion of Great Southern with the acquisition of a 65ha farm at the foot of the Porongurup Range. They planted shiraz and cabernet sauvignon (3ha each) and riesling (4ha). Hilde, a successful artist, designed the beautiful, scalloped, glass-walled cellar door sales area, with its mountain blue cladding. Great wines at great prices.
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Duke's Vineyard was established in 1999. The first vine was planted on Duke's 60th birthday. When other people think of retirement, Duke and Hilde Ranson started their wine-making careers.
The vineyard is situated at the foot of the heritage-listed Porongurup Range and also overlooks the Stirling Range to the north. It is a cool climate region producing soft reds and is becoming recognised as a premium region for Riesling.
The cellar door opened in 2002 to serve our first ever vintage Riesling 2001. We sell 90% of all our wines mail order and a small number to independent liquor outlets and some restaurants. We post cartons of our wines freight free anywhere in Australia. We are open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 4.30pm.
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