Third generation Swan Valley locals, the Yukich family, have completed the acquisition of Houghton Winery and associated assets from Accolade Wines.
The Houghtons property will be re-named Nikola Estate, after patriarch Nikola Yukich who planted vines in the Valley over 90 years ago.
Director Graeme Yukich says, "We are very proud to be able to bring this iconic vineyard and heritage site back into WA ownership."
Dr Tony Robinson has been appointed COO of the merged site and will be focussing on premium wine production, events and and a desire to grow tourism and visitation to the Swan Valley.
Legendary Swan Valley winemaker Dorham Mann has been awarded Life Membership of Wines of Western Australia.
The award was presented to Dorham by Food and Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan at an industry event at Parliament House on Tuesday.
In presenting the award, Minister MacTiernan acknowledged the role that Dorham has played in the establishment and development of the modern wine industry in WA over a career spanning nearly 60 years.
Dorham was one of the original cohort of Roseworthy trained winemakers in WA, and in 1961 he was appointed temporary Agricultural Adviser stationed at the Swan Research Station to gain experience in viticulture and the management of the Station and its staff.
Always a visionary for the industry, Dorham noted in his dissertation for BSc (Agric) a quote from LW Marrison: “If Australia should ever break into the fine-wine market, it will be with Western Australian wines”. With this aspiration in mind, Dorham worked with other like-minded individuals to realise the dream.
September 18 - 20, 2019
The judging team for this year’s Geographe Wine Show has now been finalised and the region is thrilled to welcome back Julian Langworthy as chief judge.
Julian is James Halliday's Wine Maker of the Year 2019, a Jimmy Watson Award winner, Ray Jordan's 2017 Winemaker of the Year and a Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year nominee, and is regarded as one of the most talented winemakers in Australia.
His impressive career has included vintages in France and Canada, as well as senior winemaking roles in the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Coonawarra. Says Julian “I am super excited to be returning to Bunbury and the Geographe Wine Show as the chair of judges. I had an excellent and eye opening experience last year as to how great the wines produced in the Geographe region can be.”
Completing the Senior Judging team will be two South Australians, Paul Hotker and Pablo Theodoro. Paul is Senior Winemaker at Bleasdale Vineyards in Langhorne Creek SA, 2018 Halliday Wine Companion Winemaker of the Year and a finalist in the Gourmet Traveller WMOTY, and Pablo is one of the team behind some of South Australia’s favourite bars and retailers, Mothervine, Bridge Hotel & Cellars and Hills & Back Wines.
Entries to this year’s show are now open with classes for Geographe Wines and WA Alternative Varieties. There is also a new trophy for ‘Best Rose’, which is fitting as Julian Langworthy is considered by some to be the ‘King of Rose’.
The Wine Show Dinner tickers are also on sale and both entries and tickets can be purchased online www.geographewine.com.au
All enquiries to Jo O’Dea: [email protected]