30 Years of Howard Park Wines

In 1986, Howard Park became one of the original wine pioneers in Western Australia to champion the cool climate Great Southern region as an area to produce fine elegant wines. Since its inception, Howard Park’s philosophy has been to craft outstanding boutique Australian wines of great subtlety, character, balance and elegance with an uncompromising commitment to quality. The first two wines to be produced by its founder John Wade, were a Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vineyards in the Denmark and Mount Barker sub regions of the Great Southern. Seven years later, the Wade family officially partnered with the Burch Family and continued with Howard Park’s future.

Here is our story

In the beginning, like many other wineries, we didn’t have our own vineyards, so we sourced fruit from quality producers across Western Australia.The knowledge and experience we gained over 20 years of sourcing fruit from both the Margaret River and the Great Southern regions has enabled us to build an intellectual database. This intellectual knowledge then enabled us to determine, which regions, which vineyard, which block and which clones produced the highest quality fruit for each variety.

We were able to purchase vineyards that we had identified as producing the best fruit for each variety. We now have a network of vineyards across Margaret River and the Great Southern - not just one vineyard which we rely on to produce all varieties.Why we are proud of this unique point of difference?

Here is why...

Because producing fruit in two regions is our story, our history and our passion. We believe it allows us the ability to source the best parcels of fruit for true expression of our wines. As a proud West Australian family-owned winery, we aim to produce a range of handcrafted fine Australian wines that express our state's premier grape growing regions of Margaret River and the Great Southern. Operating in both regions distinguishes us from other Western Australian wineries and allows us to produce award winning wines which we believe over deliver on quality and excellence.

No other winery has spent 30 years developing the source of their fruit in the same way we have and now you are seeing the benefits of that coming through with our outstanding winemakers Janice McDonald and Mark Bailey in the winery with the high quality, award winning wines we are now producing.