The Swan Valley Old Vine Charter is the collaboration of people dedicated to the preservation of old vines and the diverse styles of wine crafted from them.
This charter recognises our story through wine, acknowledging the importance of retaining the valuable legacy handed down through the generations.
The Swan Valley is home to the oldest grape vines in Western Australia.
The purpose of the Swan Valley Old Vine Charter is to support the long-term protection of old vines and validate their value in winemaking.
The fruit from old vines can produce wines with great intensity, depth and vibrancy. The strength and resilience of old vines reflects the toil of generations of local families, importantly retaining our history in the ground.
The Charter is modelled on the Barossa Old Vine Charter, recognising the age of vine as:
Old vines have shaped classic styles of wine and are behind some of the most extraordinary wines produced in Australia.
"Using grapes from vines that have been in the ground for generations elevates the wine experience beyond a glass of wine; it is sharing a piece of heritage.
The fruit from these old vines can produce high-quality and low volumes of wine that show great depth of flavour with beautiful softness and harmony.
Wine not only reflects a regions’ sense of place, it also provides a snapshot of the year in which it was made."
Within a decade the majority of vineyards in the Swan Valley will be classified as Old Vine.
Our Mediterranean climate provides a unique opportunity for the production of a complete range of first-class wine styles.
The following wineries are charter members, producing wines made from the fruit of old vines available for you to taste and purchase.
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