Churchview Estate is a family owned single vineyard producing award winning wines, producing multiple wines from different varieties. Churchview Estate achieves its high standard by growing vines that are in balance with nature. By allowing more sunlight into the vine canopy Churchview has been able to dramatically enhance fruit quality, flavour and colour development. This unique application of simple but natural principles allows the production of grapes of the highest possible standard.
The estate gets its name from the Heritage Listed St John the Baptist Anglican Church, as seen from the tasting room.
Churchview Estate is a privately owned vineyard of 100 ha over which 16 different varieties of grapes are grown. This enables the team to produce a vast array of different styles of wines all from fruit grown on the estate to satisfy different sectors of the domestic and global market.
Spike Fokkema the founder of Churchview Estate selected the site in 1999 because of its ideal gravelly loams, ample clean water and ideal aspect with north facing slopes. Spike has applied a highly successful philosophy to the production of premium wines. “Quality begins in the vineyard”. It is this unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence and the rigorous application of his philosophy that underpins the quality and exacting standards demanded by Churchview Estate.
The vineyard manager, Troy Schoof, adopts a sustainable approach within the vineyard. His management practises are based around the health of the soil. This means that if the soil is healthy the vines will also be healthy. They carry out regular soil sampling to ensure that the soil is in balance, allowing the nutrients that naturally occur in the soil to be readably available for the plant. By carrying out regular soil tests it is possible to work out what nutrients the vines are actually using to produce the grapes and therefore only replenish what nutrients are needed.
Churchview Estate prides itself on their environmental policy. Over the last 15 years they have worked hard to convert the vineyard from a full conventional to an organic run vineyard. This means that no chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used and this is expressed in the quality and purity of the fruit.
Greg Garnish, who is innovative, talented and a new wave in winemakers, is then able to take this fruit and craft an array of intensely aromatic wine styles under four labels.
“Silverleaf” – A lifestyle range of wines. Light, fresh and easy drinking made for immediate enjoyment.
“Churchview Estate Range” – Premium wines made from varieties Margaret River is world famous for. Good expression of fruit, with subtle complexity and good length.
“St Johns”- Rare, unique and interesting varieties made in extremely limited amounts. These wines are crafted to show our interpretation of some of the worlds greatest wines.
“The Bartondale” Very limited, very rare and very special. These wines represent the very best of Churchview Estate and Margaret River. Only the finest parcels of fruit are used along with the very best quality oak barriques. Greg has crafted wines of immense
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