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.
Duke and Hilde Ranson ended their long search for the perfect property to establish their vineyard as their "retirement". The first vine was planted on Duke's 60th birthday, on the 5th August, 1999. We decided to plant beautiful Riesling, beloved Cabernet Sauvignon (by Duke) and spicy Shiraz. We planted 25 acres of vines on our 160+ acre farm and were running a Suffolk sheep stud on the remaining acreage. Our entire staff consists of six of us, a small, passionate, family orientated crew. Our story has been documented pretty extensively through our very popular newsletters which are released each season. Our first vintage in 2001 resulted in a gold medal, the first of many awards, topped by winning Halliday’s Wine of the Year and receiving 99 points for our 2017 Magpie Hill Riesling. Hilde is a successful artist and one of her early projects was to design a tasting area that would be in harmony with the surroundings and make best use of the spectacular views of the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges. The resulting building provides for tastings in a glorious location as well as insulated wine storage and a working gallery. The curved mountain blue cladding is now a landmark on the Porongurup tourist route and fits aesthetically into the landscape. Duke’s Vineyard is the dream that is now reality and Duke and Hilde remain as enthusiastic about their project as they were on the day they first saw the property.
Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz.
Cellar Door, Wine Tasting, Museum Wines, Art Gallery (Hilde Ranson).
Every day 10am - 4:30pm
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