Houghton

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' whenever he tapped a stainless steel tank and found it to be empty. With a history of 180 years, its future now lies in the hands of Accolade Wines. As at April 2019 Accolade had called for expressions of interest for the purchase of the Houghton site of 99ha, which has 56ha of vines, the winery, cellar door, function centre and landscaped gardens. It is 23km from the Perth CBD, and the western side of the property has frontage to the Swan River, the adjacent land with subdivision potential. Houghton's winemaking has moved its Nannup winery in the Blackwood Valley, adjacent to the Frankland River and Margaret River, the sources of most of its grape production. Exports to the UK and Asia.

About

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.

Specialities

Shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet malbec

Cellar Door

Information

Our winery and cellar door are located at our original property on Dale Road, Middle Swan. Close to the banks of the Swan River. Jump in the car and drive 30 minutes out of Perth to immerse yourself in our lush gardens and stately Norfolk Island pines.

Hours

Open 7 days 10am - 5pm

Details are correct at time of writing

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Food

Information

Stop by our Houghton Kitchen cafe, or bring your own picnic to enjoy on the grounds.

Hours

Open 7 days 10am - 5pm

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details

Details

Houghton logo
Rating
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