The Swan is quite different to our wine region being so close to Perth and having a warm climate. They grow different varieties like Verdelho, Chenin Blanc and Petit Verdot. John Kosovich Wines was established in 1922 and operated as Westfield Wines until 2003 when the decision was made to change the name to honour John Kosovich's 50th vintage. It is the third oldest winery operating in the Swan Valley and the oldest still run by the original family, situated approximately half an hour north of Perth.
It was good fun seeing the history, old vines and difference of the region. Including the vines that they use to make sherry from and how they use to make lots of it. Times change......but who when it will come back into fashion again?
The old map I loved. This is a very old map showing wine production in Australia and of course WA. Swan Valley was the main region here at this time. The map was produced circa 1973 before the South west (Margaret River and Great Southern) really started to be fully developed and explored for wine grape production. Marg's and Barker where simply unheard of then. Different story today!
Look at this big boy! Put's my dry grown 36 year old vineyard to shame. It is a table grape variety but check out the size of the truck!!
Old Vines 1922
Love the trellising of these table grapes, so romantic and cooling in the summer.
The grapes starting to grow
This is Madeline Grape variety. It is a table grape as well as a wine grape and was used to make sherry in the old days.