Western Australia | Swan Valley

James' Review

Houghton's reputation was once largely dependent on its (then)White Burgundy,equally good when young or 5 years old. In the last 20 years its portfolio has changed out of all recognition, with a kaleidoscopic range of high quality wines from the Margaret River, Frankland River, Great Southern and Pemberton regions to the fore. The Jack Mann and Gladstones red wines stand at the forefront, but to borrow a saying of the late Jack Mann,?There are no bad wines here.' With a history of 180 years, its future now lies in the hands of Accolade Wines. Exports to the UK and Asia.


Remarkably, Houghton has had just 13 winemakers in 175 years. It is one of Australia’s most recognised wine brands, and has notched up more awards than any other winery in WA.

It is the name behind the creation of Australia’s oldest consecutive-vintage white wine, Houghton White Burgundy, now known as Houghton White Classic. The soft, rounded and full-flavoured style was developed in 1937 by Jack Mann, Houghton’s legendary winemaker of 51 successive vintages.

After 75 years, and despite the name change forced on it by international wine regulations, Houghton White Classic remains one of the country’s most popular wines. It has also broken Australian records - it is the only white wine to have been made for 75 years consecutively.

Houghton was established in WA’s Swan Valley back in 1836, just seven years after WA’s foundation. The winery was founded by a syndicate of three British Army officers and named after its most senior-ranked owner, Lieutenant Colonel Richmond Houghton. It produced its first commercial vintage in 1859.

Today, Houghton sources fruit from every major premium grape-growing region in WA, including Gingin, Margaret River, Frankland River and Mount Barker in the Great Southern, and the emerging Pemberton region.


Winemaker Ross Pamment
Established 1836
Dozens NFP
Vineyards (area) N/A
Opening Hours 7 days 10?5
Address 148 Dale Road, Middle Swan, WA 6065
Telephone (08) 9274 9540
Website www.houghton-wines.com.au