Tanglewood Vines is set amongst the beautiful hills surrounding the South West Australian town of Bridgetown in the Blackwood Valley Wine Region.
It all started in about 1996 when we would drive down from Perth on free weekends looking for suitable properties. The Blackwood Valley was always very attractive to us for a number of reasons. Its natural beauty was obvious and the fact that it had a fantastic climate and all the right conditions for growing premium wine grapes. It was also in good proximity to Perth and it had a growing tourists potential. The Blackwood Valley had also just been recognized and registered as a new wine growing region in Western Australia even though wine grapes had been grown here already for many years.
The climate is generally warm to cool at the top end of the valley, but winter sees temperatures drop considerably, with cold nights and good frosts. The soils are well drained, gravely loams over clay. Where Tanglewood is situated is close to the highest point on the Darling Scarp, another quality advantage for our fruit.
In October 1998 we finally found the place we were looking for. It had the right soil and sun aspect and plenty of potential for catching water.
Spring 1999 we planted our first vines, 6 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. The following year we planted another 5 acres, this time Merlot. In 2001 we planted our first white grape vines Viognier (pronounced Vee-on-yay). The first couple of vintages were sold onto another winery, but since our first vintage of wine made here at Tanglewood in 2003 we have consistently won medals, trophies and major awards every year. We do not have a cellar door, concentrating more on online sales, upmarket restaurants and specialty wine stores. A portion of our wine is exported to Manilla, and more recently China. Being only a small batch boutique winery we concentrate on doing a small variety of wines but doing it well. We make a straight Cabernet Sauvignon, straight Merlot, and a 50/50 blend of the Cabernet and Merlot grapes. For our white wine we produce a classic traditional Viognier and also a lighter sweeter Viognier lovingly named Honeybunch.
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Hamish & Caroline Hume