Why are they so fabulous?
Ever felt like getting away from it all? Well, there’s no Aussie wine that knows more about the joys of seclusion than Ferngrove Wines, who are one of the world’s most isolated wine estates! While this isolation makes the logistics of winemaking tough, it is also what makes Ferngrove wines pretty darn fabulous.
Their location really is the secret to their success. The vineyards are 90 kilometres from the coast, in the Great Southern area where the valleys and slopes provide them ancient soils as well as the cooling influence of the Southern and Indian Oceans. This allows the grapes to ripen more slowly, intensifying the flavour and giving the winemaking team the time to nurture the vines to produce their best fruit.
The relationship with the land is important to the Ferngrove Wines philosophy and they have one of Australia’s largest winery solar power systems. Ferngrove’s iconic red The Stirlings is an acknowledgement of the mountain ranges which are conspicuous on the Great Southern skyline; and the Ferngrove Orchid wines are a tribute to the Western Australian native orchids that grow on the remnant bush on the estate. It is no surprise then that the rather distinctive Ferngrove symbol is an interpretation of the local bracken fern found around the winery, signalling new botanical growth.
If you find yourself in the Great Southern area of WA make sure you visit their gorgeous cellar door, which has great picnic areas. They’re open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Which wines should you try?
Ferngrove produce several distinct wine ranges they call:
- Symbols – affordable, fresh and easy drinking
- Frankland River – wines that showcase the distinctiveness of the Frankland River region
- Orchid – the flagship range, all estate grown & named after WA orchids
- The Stirlings – a best-of-vintage Cab Sav Shiraz blend only made in outstanding years
Their range within these labels is extensive and includes Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Rosé made from Malbec, Chardonnay and Shiraz.