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Kim Tyrer
22 October 2015 | Pictures | Kim Tyrer

Great Southern Wine Celebrates 50 Years the Photo's

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

Ironwood Wines

Jingalla Wines

Judy Lange

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!!!)


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