Pristine isolation, twin oceans and ancient soils make Margaret River a wine paradise – the ideal environment for growing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.Vasse Felix was established in 1967 and is Margaret River’s founding wine estate. Founder, Dr Tom Cullity, searched the region relentlessly for his first vineyard site, before selecting eight acres in Wilyabrup, which today remains at the heart of the Vasse Felix Estate. The Holmes à Court family purchased the estate in 1987, and vineyard expansions have been made with an unwavering commitment unnecessary to Cullity’s simple founding aim –“to make the best possible wine.”
“Margaret River is the closest thing to paradise in any wine region I have visited in my extensive search for knowledge” Jancis Robinson MW
The iconic Wilyabrup Vineyard is a winemaker’s paradise. It has a patchwork of small blocks reflecting its hilly terrain and the intricacy of its unique site influences. The Karridale and Carbunup Vineyards provide complementary parcels. Karridale provides vibrancy and delicacy while Carbunup brings volumes of opulence and intense flavour.
Vasse Felix’s fruit is harvested, fermented and matured in small parcels, at which point every decision is made to reflect the vintage and the journey of the individual barrique. Grading is a continuous activity from the vineyard, through maturation until the final composition of each wine is determined, working from the Icon wines through to the Premier, Filius and Classics tiers.
Virginia Willcock - Winemaker
Virginia joined Vasse Felix as Chief Winemaker in October 2006. Since then, she has been twice nominated for Australian Gourmet Traveller ‘Winemaker of the Year’ and was awarded the trophy for ‘Winemaker of the Most Outstanding Red or White Wine in Show’ at the 2011 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. After graduating from the prestigious Roseworthy College, Virginia has made twenty vintages in Margaret River, and also internationally as a flying winemaker in Albania, Northern Italy, Sicily, Abruzzo and New Zealand.