Talijancich Wines

26 Hyem Road, Herne Hill   (08) 9296 4289

Discover some of Australia’s finest, internationally-awarded fortified wines and liquors at the homely cellar door of this three-generation winemaking family.

In Brief
  • Established: 1932
  • Wheelchair Access: Ramps and walkways link the car park and facilities. Wheelchair accessible bathrooms.
  • Winemaker: James and Hilda Talijancich
  • Facilities: Cellar Door, Wheelchair Access
  • Grape Variety: Muscat, Semillon, Shiraz, Verdelho, Graciano, Port, Rose, Ruby Port
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In Detail

Croatian-born Jim Talijancich and his wife Ljucibica purchased this Swan Valley property in 1932 and began making fortified wine from Muscat and Shiraz. Times were tough in those early years and were made tougher upon Jim’s passing, when son Peter was just 13 years old. Peter ceased schooling immediately to work with his mother on the vineyard, the horse and plough becoming one of his new regular tasks. Peter led all operations and winemaking for over 50 years until he passed Talijancich onto son his James and wife Hilda in 1998.

The Wines
Talijancich has a long-term reputation as a fortified wine specialist. Their range includes a 30 Year Old Rare Tawny, Muscat and Pedro Ximenes Liqueur. There is also a selection of still red and white wines including a beautiful Verdelho and an old-vine Shiraz. The vineyard follows bio-dynamic, organic principles.

Wine Tasting
The cellar door is located in their converted winery homestead, offering a relaxed setting with lovely views. It is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm all days, except Tuesday.

Special Highlights
On the first Saturday of every month, winemaker James Talijancich “demystifies his shed” with a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery and vineyard. Taste barrel samples and feel like a part of the extended family, learning about the lives of James and his father Peter, who have lived most of their lives on the property. Tours can be booked from $25, start at 11am and run for an hour.

Halliday Rating
4 Black Stars