Classified as an official Australian appellation in 1999, Geographe GI is a young and vibrant region ideally suited to grape growing. Only an hour and half from Perth, with plenty of boutique wineries, world-class food and beautiful vistas around every bend in the road, it is emerging as one of the most exciting up and coming wine regions in Australia.
Nestled amongst the glorious rolling hills of Donnybrook, is the hidden gem of Coughlan Estate - home to some of the oldest vines in the region. Family-owned and operated by Preeti & Brad Coughlan, and watched over carefully by their five very friendly wine dogs (aka the welcoming committee!) Coughlan Estate is a dry-grown vineyard with a very hands on approach. With a higher proportion of cooler nights than other localities, and a sharp eye for detail in the vineyard, the fruit produced is of exceptional quality.
Planted back in 1978, and spread over six acres, the vineyard includes Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Semillon, as well as an extremely welcoming cellar door overlooking the vines. Focussing on traditional viticultural practices, everything is hand-picked at vintage, and the vines are carefully hand-pruned and tended throughout the year.
The maturity of the vines is one aspect which plays an important role in the production of exceptional quality fruit that is a prerequisite for the production of premium wines. Our plantings include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Semillon and Chenin Blanc which are all well suited to our region's climate.
The Vineyard is dry grown meaning no additional irrigation is used. Our approach to vineyard management is hands on using traditional viticulture practices; we handpick the grapes at vintage and hand prune the vines in winter.
The wines themselves are crafted by the ever-talented Bruce Dukes - his skill, combined with premium grapes, forms a special bond in the bottle, and produces the award-winning wines that are Coughlan Estate.