Two hours south of Perth, on the way to Margaret River, is a pristine piece of land that rises from the coast to form rolling hills, unique to this corner of the world.
It’s here the Dewar family dreamed up the idea to grow grapes, establishing Ferguson Valley as one of the most important sub-regions of Geographe Wine Region.
Willow Bridge Estate is family owned and operated by principals Jeff and Vicki Dewar, who bought the picturesque 180-hectare hillside property in 1996 after an exhaustive search of the state for the ideal vineyard site from which to realise their shared vision of producing world class wines which are both opulent and accessible.
The vineyard is sited high on the western watershed of the Darling Ranges, with the vines enjoying spectacular views over the coastal plain, and across the waters of Geographe Bay to Cape Naturaliste.
Located in south west Western Australia between the capital city Perth (pop 1.7 mil), and Margaret River, the Geographe Wine Region has a diverse range of viticultural environments tied together by the consistency of their moderate, maritime influenced climate. Vineyard sites range from highly maritime vineyards in sea-level limestone sands on the broad coastal plain, to all a range of high quality soils and local climatic influences in the hills of the Darling Range which runs the length of the region some 20 to 30 km inland.
Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
They’re vibrant, rich, but serious Western Australian wines that offer exceptional value for money.
The dam at Willow Bridge Estate sustains a wide range of wildlife. Many animals drink from it, birds float on it, trout swim beneath it. In the late afternoon on the typical warm, calm, Autumnal days of vintage, the air above the dam comes alive in a blue haze of swarming dragonflies, that are appreciated by the trout. The Dragonfly wines have been named to celebrate this spectacle. They’re vibrant, rich, but serious Western Australian wines that offer exceptional value for money.
Bookends Fumè Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Rosa De Solana
Gravel Pit Shiraz
Coat of Arms Cabernet Sauvignon
Each wine’s name is inspired by that part of the estate in which its grapes were grown. We are so proud of these sections of vineyard that we have highlighted them on each wine’s label.
Over the years, we have recognized that certain sections within our estate vineyard blocks have special qualities. We make The Estate Series wines from these sections to provide a snapshot of how the grape varieties we grow best express a sense of our unique corner of the world. Each wine’s name is inspired by that part of the estate in which its grapes were grown. We are so proud of these sections of vineyard that we have highlighted them on each wine’s label.
BLACK DOG SHIRAZ
The name of the Black Dog Shiraz hails from our second vintage when cellarhands noted that the wine from our most spectacular hilltop block of estate shiraz was, as the old saying goes; “as black as the inside of a dog”. Today – provided vintage conditions deliver us a Shiraz to do the name justice, a new Black Dog is born. With a propensity for plush intensity already, the vineyard is meticulously maintained and restricted to miniscule yields to deliver fruit worthy of this, our flagship wine.
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