Located on the stunning banks of the Swan River, Houghton is one of Australia’s oldest, most-awarded and iconic wineries, and the birthplace of the nation’s favourite white wine.
In 1836, just four years after the fledgling colony of Western Australia was founded, Houghton was established. The winery was founded by a syndicate of three British Army officers and named after one of its first owners Lieutenant Colonel Richmond Houghton. The first serious vintage of 25 gallons was made in 1859.
Houghton owns the title of Western Australia’s most awarded winery. It won its first wine medal, ‘The Order of Merit’ at the Great Melbourne Exhibition in 1880 and has received over 1,000 awards since!
Houghton became known nationwide in 1937 when its legendary winemaker, Jack Mann created Houghton White Burgundy. This was a major breakthrough for both Houghton and West Australian wine. The famous white blend is now known as Houghton Classic White and remains one of the most popular wines in the country.
The winery has flourished under generations of exceptional winemakers and its entire range from the White Classic to the Reserve wines receives consistent critical acclaim. The fruit is sourced from every major premium wine region in Western Australia and reflect the places in which they were grown. In commenting on the range, James Halliday agrees with the late Jack Mann, who was known to say, “there are no bad wines here.”
The light and airy cellar door is surrounded by lush gardens and stately pines and offers tastings daily from 10am-5pm. The space is large and great for groups, however advance bookings are required.
The fun, and social Houghton Café offers a range of contemporary, share-style dishes, created by resident chef, Herb Fraust. The substantial grazing plates are perfect for those people who like to try a bit of everything and special set menus are available for larger groups. Diners can also pre-order wines from the cellar door which on the table, ready for their arrival.
An onsite museum showcases historical winemaking items and local artwork. You can also see the place where a legendary local bushranger, ‘Moondyne Joe’ was captured in 1869. An extra special time to visit is between November to January for a photo with the property’s magnificent Jacaranda trees, which blossom with beautiful purple flowers over this time.
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