The Great Southern Wine Region celebrated 50 Years on the weekend and the big man himself attended, James Halliday.
In 1965 the first commercial vines were planted in Mt Barker. Forrest Hill was the first with a trial plot with the Agriculture Department, followed by Plantagenet Wines in 1968. It was then a decade later in 1976 when Goundrey wines planted their vines and was then followed by Galafrey Wines in 1977, established by my parents, Ian and Linda Tyrer.
Now 50 years later we have a well established wine industry here in the Great Southern. Below are some photo's that celebrate the milestone.
Local Article in paper regarding the event and James Halliday himself.
The original 4 pioneers and VIP guest. from left to right- Merv and Judy Lange (Alkoomi), Mike Zekulich ( journo), Betty Quick ( Forrest Hill), Tony Smith ( Plantagenet ) Jame Halliday, Tony Devitt ( Ag Dept) and Mike Goundrey ( Goundrey Wines).
A great article writtern in 1970 regard no future of the wine industry in Mt Barker. We all had a laugh!!
Judy and Merve Lange Alkoomi
Ian and Linda Tyrer Galafrey
Angelo Delitti Castle Rock
Tim lyon Forrest Hill
Arthur Patterson Patterson Wines
Bev Gilbert Gilbert Wines
Ken Lynch Chatsfield Wines
Mike and Alison Goundrey
McGardy's Karriview Wines
Old Kent River
Gill Berry Plantagenet
Some old articles writtern by James Halliday
Interesting article on early vines in area.
Some great old Rieslings
1975 Sandalford Mount Barker Riesling still to this day WA most awarded white wine.
A great gala dinner in an old shearing shed in Mt Barker
and of course the food and wine menu.
and just like the dinner, we will finish on dessert! ( I had two of these!! yummo!!!)