Great Southern Vineyards

Howard Park first began in the Great Southern wine region of Western Australia.

Home to the vineyards that produce our flagship Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon and Mount Barker Riesling, Howard Park’s viticultural & winemaking teams are experts in the unique characteristics specific to the Great Southern region. Comprised of winding coastlines and lush farming areas, this region offers the charm of the countryside with the relaxation of stunning seaside towns.

The Great Southern spans 150 x 100 km and includes 5 sub-regions - Albany, Mt Barker, Denmark, Porongurup and Frankland River. It is Australia’s largest wine region, so it should come as no surprise that the vineyards display much variety within their overall terroir.

It is Western Australia’s coolest grape growing area, with a maritime influence similar to that of Margaret River, though with less rainfall per year. Stand out varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.

Much older than Margaret River however, the first official records of grape growing in the Great Southern began in 1859, though the first real commercial vine plantings didn’t occur until 1930, by horticulturist Bill Jamieson. His efforts were affirmed by University of California Professor Harold Olmo in 1955.

Howard Park owns two vineyards within the Mount Barker sub region - Abercrombie & Mount Barrow - & has managed a further vineyard in the Porongurup sub region for just under a decade: Gibraltar Rock.

Great Southern Region

  • The largest geographic wine region in Australia
  • Warm & cool continental, warm days & cool nights

Frankland River

  • Most northern sub region, inland warm continental sub region of the Great Southern
  • Rich & red gravelly loams
  • 200 - 300m
  • 764.5mm
  • Mid March - Mid-April
  • Ideal for Shiraz

Mount Barker

  • Cool Southern Ocean influence
  • Lateritic gravelly/sandy loams from weathered granite, 1.2 billion years old
  • 250 - 400m
  • 725mm
  • Early March - Mid-April
  • Ideal for Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir

Porongurup

  • Cool Southern Ocean influence
  • Gravelly loams derived from weathered granite, 1.2 billion years old
  • 250 - 350m
  • 750mm
  • Mid March - Early May
  • Ideal for Riesling, Chardonnay