Business: Treeton Estate Pty Ltd
Owner: David McGowan
Address: 163 North Treeton Rd, Cowaramup WA 6284
Ph: (08) 9755 5481
Treeton Estate Winery occupies a superb location in the heart of the famous Margaret River wine growing region, noted for its maritime climate, fine soils and long ripening season. Treeton Estate wines are carefully handcrafted to achieve distinct varietal characteristics and consistently fine quality. We are open 11am to 5pm daily, and you are welcome to bring a picnic.
An extraordinary pioneering lifestyle has lead vigneron winemaker David McGowan to create Treeton Estate in the Margaret River Wine Region. From his open fishing smack at the tender age of 18 he aimed into the wild blue sea and started on a lifetime of adventure. Cray fishing at Mullaloo, north of Perth, in the 60′s. Later being landed on a beach to dredge a new harbor, King Bay, now known as Dampier. Surviving turtle fishing days along the north west coast of Western Australia. The fisherman later became head of the School of Maritime Studies at Fremantle TAFE. Red wine on cold nights around warm beach fires with like minded WA fishing families and a trip through Europe where he picked grapes for a season in France began his research into wine and the wine industry.
David purchased the Cowaramup property from a dairy farming family in 1982. After being granted permission from existing Margaret River wineries to source cuttings, the first grapevines were propagated in 1983 and Treeton Estate was anchors aweigh. Friends and family helped plant out the cuttings in 1986 and the first bottle of wine was Shiraz 1991. That year the vines produced 6 tonnes of fruit. The vineyard now produces around 50 tonnes of fruit per vintage. The first vines are now 30 year old dry grown Shiraz and Chardonnay. David and his wife Corinne moved to the South West from Fremantle in 1992. lt was an easy transition after having met local families and friends over the preceding years. In those transit years all available holidays and weekends were spent on the development of the project. David’s niece Helen and her husband John entered into partnership in mid 2008 forming Treeton Estate Pty Ltd.
At this time, there are 17acres of vines planted around a perfectly frost free hill. In the early days David learned the winemaking process by working the first two vintages alongside the contracted winemaker.
From the third vintage onwards he took advice from consultants and has developed his winemaking style. Today Treeton Estate wines continue to win gold, silver and bronze medals from wine shows throughout Australia. The cellar door at Treeton Estate opened in 1993 and you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy with a fine bottle of wine. A beautiful rustic Australian setting defines the tasting area featuring jarrah and redgum tables with views over the vineyard and forested surroundings.
Treeton Estate is on North Treeton Road. Open daily from 11 am to 5pm, visitors get to see the winery in action if, racking wine from barrels, or bottling, is happening at the time of their visit. Treeton Estate Shiraz is the flagship wine with fruity mulberry characters. Treeton Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has big cherry flavours with a subtle oak background. Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc are the white wines and the Rose and Special Blend Port have also found a following. The wines all display unique fruity characters. Come in and taste the difference. You are always very welcome at Treeton Estate.