Marri Wood Park & Guinea Run

Corner Caves & Whittle Road, Yallingup   (08) 9755 2343 / 0403 547 734
Overview

Naturally Grown - Bio-Dynamic Vineyard
‘Discover the Difference’ and taste our full range including Sparkling Grandis.

In Brief
  • Category: Winery
  • Facilities: Cellar Door
  • Food: Light Food
  • Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Shiraz, Sparkling
In Detail

Bio-Dynamics is an advanced organic method in which no artificial fertilizers or chemicals are used and follows the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner.

Marri Wood Park offers a boutique cellar where you can taste the wines by the fire or on the lawn within a natural bush setting overlooking the vineyard. Plantings commenced in 1993, and Marri Wood Park now has 2 ha of chenin blanc, 1.5 ha each of sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon, with semillon, malbec, merlot and shiraz making up the total of 7 ha.

Vineyard owners Julian and Lisa Wright have fully embraced bio-dynamic farming techniques and are using these techniques to produce some of the region’s best fully-organic vintages made with the help of local wine legend Bob Cartwright (ex Leeuwin Estate) and Ian Bell (ex Moss Wood).

MWP, located in Yallingup, Western Australia, is one of a few vineyards in Western Australia that has full certification as Bio-Dynamic from the Bio-dynamic Research Institute of Australia. It was the first Margaret River Region vineyard to be certified DEMETER™.

DEMETER™ excludes the use of synthetic fertilisers and chemical plant protection agents in agricultural crop production, artificial additives during processing, and requires specific measures to strengthen the life processes in soil and foodstuffs.

Julian Wright, proprietor of MWP said the certification was a significant moment in the evolution of the vineyard. “We are very proud to have gained this international certification, which is something we have been striving for since converting to a BD a few years back.

“The guidelines to becoming a DEMETER™ registered business are stringent, and for us to be able to attain what is effectively a mark of biodynamic excellence is a tribute to the effort of all staff at MWP,” he said.

The requirements for attaining DEMETER™ certification are rigorous and include, but are not limited to the following:
• Conversion of the entire farm (including secondary crops, animal husbandry, areas producing products for home consumption, etc.);
• Ruminants (Hoofed animals that “chew the cud”) present in arable enterprises - the minimum requirement is 0.2 livestock unit/hectare;

Marri Wood Park produce 3 ranges:

Guinea Run - This range takes its name from the guinea fowl which are permanent vineyard residents. The range includes Gunyulgup Red - Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet and Malbec, Chenin Blanc and Classic White.

Marri Wood Park - The premium Marri Wood Park range takes its name from the giant Marri tree depicted on the label. The range includes Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (award winning) and Whittle Road Cabernet Merlot.

Reserve Range – This range includes a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon , Reserve Chenin Blanc and Reserve Sparkling Grandis-made by traditional methods.

As a fully organic vineyard, MWP also serve up some of the region’s best organic cheeses and breads from the Blue Cow Cheese Company and Yallingup Woodfired Bread.

Marri Wood Park is made all the more productive by engaging the help of WWOOFers (Willing Workers On Organic Farms). They are workers aged 18-75 who stay from 1 week up to 3 months to work/ volunteer as part of the team and learn about organics/ bio-dynamics and the way of life for Australians on the land.

Julian Wright said, “WWOOFers have been great for us to learn about different cultures and their travels, and they have all enjoyed the Yallingup beaches and Margaret River region. Along with helping to maintain the vines, they’ve helped us with numerous projects including building our veggie patches to re-designing our chicken coop .”

As well as being a vineyard, the property is also home to cattle, sheep, geese, ducks, guineafowl and chickens that provide an optimal balance to the farm

The vineyard is open to the public daily for wine and cheese tastings, and cellar door sales.

Opening Times
Cellar Door Opening Times
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Hours 12pm - 5pm 12pm - 5pm 12pm - 5pm 12pm - 5pm 12pm - 5pm 12pm - 5pm 12pm - 5pm