Forest Hill Vineyard

+61 8 9848 2199 P.O Box 40
Denmark, 6333
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In 1955 the West Australian Government invited Professor Harold Olmo from the University of California, Davis Campus to identify the most ideal growing location in the State for the production of premium cool climate wines. As a result, in 1965 the Forest Hill property, owned by Betty and Tony Pearse, was selected and the first experimental plantings were made by the Department of Agriculture. Two hectares of Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon were planted on this small, elevated plot in an apple orchard. Planted in 1965 this makes Forest Hill, Western Australia’s oldest cool-climate vineyard with the Riesling and Cabernet vines being the oldest in the state. Over time new varieties of Shiraz, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Gwertztramminer, have been added. As the vineyard was without a winery, in the early days fruit was processed at Houghton’s Winery in the Swan Valley. In 1989 the late Robert Holmes à Court purchased Forest Hill as an ultra premium boutique brand to complement Vasse Felix Read more »

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    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Napa Valley grape growers and winemakers wore out their worry beads in 2011. Rain came early, often and didn’t want to go away. It was a cool year as well, forcing winemakers to spend even more time walking the vineyards than usual. Napa Valley is accustomed to dry, warm, sunny growing seasons. It’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are widely known for ... Read More

    From the article Vintage Update: 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet


  • To welcome fall, and without a doubt the season has arrived, like clockwork, the moment our Labor Day weekend had wrapped up, I have always had a bit of a tradition of opening some Barbaresco. While my heart may belong to Barolo, the somewhat more elegant and more approachable wines of Barbaresco are perfect for times when you are looking for so... Read More

    From the article Barbaresco and Nebbiolo to Buy Now!


  • After a brief introduction to the the state of Washington this past Monday I reported on my  visits to wineries in Walla Walla on Tuesday. Today I am reporting on visits both in Prosser, which lies roughly between Walla Walla and Seattle in the Yakima Valley as well as to wineries located basically within Seattle’s metropolitan footprint. As I’v... Read More

    From the article What's Hot in WA?


  • Spell Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012

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    The Terra de Promissio Vineyard is owned and managed by Charles and Diana Karren with the help of Dianas parents it is a true family operation. Planted in 2002 to Pinot Noir clones 777 and 115 it is located east of Petaluma on a rolling hill in what is unofficially referred to as the Petaluma Gap of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Buffeted by cold marit... Read More

    Wine review by spellestate


  • I write this in the middle of a trip to California, the primary purpose of which was to taste Zinfandel. You see I love Zinfandel, think it’s the country’s greatest wine in fact. There is more diversity with Zin, plantedas it is basically throughout the state, than any other wine. Not only is it planted throughout the state but it hasin fact fou... Read More

    From the article An American Icon


  • It's not often that I have a plan. Well, a detailed plan at least.. Some sort of a plan not being a requirement for those in this business. But a detailed plan, and over-arching theme for a visit to wine country can certainly come in handy.  This month’s, or rather last month’s theme was, surprisingly enough: Zinfandel. I say surprisingly becaus... Read More

    From the article The Best of Zinfandel


  • We're heading back to (my favorite wine region) Russian River the first weekend in October and are looking for advice on what to do and what to expect.  We've been to RRV several times but only during the off season.  Is there anything special we should do at this time of year, and conversely, is there anything we should avoid? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Seeking Advice for Russian...


  • With harvest truly getting underway in northern California, up to now it's mostly been early whites and grapes for roses and sparkling wines, masses of enotourists are descending on the northern counties to enjoy them in their glory. While many of us think of wine country as a tourist destination, the truth of the matter is that it is an agricul... Read More

    From the article 6 Great Wine Lists


  • Out of the way, down a drive lost in Spring Mountain, one comes upon Smith-Madrone, a winery that speaks as much of the past as the present. There’s a bit of a Twilight Zone feel here; it’s in a GPS black hole, and somehow it recalls the innocence of a simpler time. (“Willoughby, the next stop is Willoughby.”) Stuart and Charlie Smith play their... Read More

    From the article The Way of Things at Smith-Madrone


  • Being a cab lover I am hesitant to stray from what I like. On a recent occasion I had the opportunity to try a Zinfandel and to my amazement, it had some of the same attributes of the cabernets I love so well. I perused Snooth and stopped on a particular zin from Bogle vineyards. Gregory Dal Piaz gave it a nice rating and being a member of Snoot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New on the block with Zinfandel


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