Duncan Harris – Harris Organic Wines
Harris Organic Wines was established by Duncan Harris in 1998. Starting from scratch, Duncan built the winery and planted all the vines. Some of the vines are grafted on to root stock and these are well established now.
Harris Organic Wines is the only organic winery in the Perth metropolitan region and produce an eclectic range of award winning wines that include: shiraz, chardonnay, verdelho and a muscato style muscat, as well as delightful sparkling wines. Harris’ also make certified organic dessert wines such as liqueur Pedro Ximenez.
Harris’s are also Western Australia’s only certified organic distillers who produce a wonderful wood-fired distilled Brandy, Eau de Vie and Vodka.
With only 2 Ha of vineyard the Harris’ manage all aspects of wine production on site. While the quantities are modest, so are the overheads and their prices.
Why…did you become certified?
If you are not certified you are not organic, so we did.
What is your organic story?
We purchased the property in 1998. We have always grown organic grapes and made organic wine, however, only became certified by ACO in 2007. Prior to us purchasing the property, the land had 13 years of rest as the vines were removed in 1985. The Baskerville property was sold by the original owners who held it from the 1920’s until approx 1985.
What do you love most about your business?
There is always something to do to improve, to make, to repair, to innovate, to market, to sell, to sleep, to cry, to laugh.
And….any good stories to share?
We have recently become involved with Australian Organic’s members benefits for 2016! We are offering a discount to Australian Organic members on purchases of our certified organic wines on-line using a unique code. We look forward to your support!
15 years celebration!
Harris Organic Wines opened its Swan Valley cellar door on the first of January 2000 with two products. A hearty red shiraz and a dry chenin blanc both winning medals at the Swan Valley wine show.
After humble beings, in 2004 Duncan Harris applied for organic certification with BFA/ACO. Their first certified organic certificate was issued in late 2006, just in time for the 2007 vintage.
Since 2000, Duncan has increased the range of wines available to over 15. The grape varieties now include chenin blanc, verdelho, chardonnay, shiraz, malbec, pedro ximenez, muscadelle and muscat a’ petit grain. Duncan has made dry wines and liqueurs from these varieties, including traditional method sparkling wines, fortified liqueurs of pedro Ximenez, muscat and verdelho and in the near future, a liqueur tokay (muscadelle).
Duncan obtained a manufacturers license for spirits so as to produce certified organic spirits from his organic grapes. These days they have a range of unwooded brandy called eau de vie, wooded brandy and a refined grape spirit called vodka.
Harris Organic is able to ship wines and spirits intrastate and overseas.
To celebrate this achievement, a 15 year celebration was held at the winery early in December this year with local foods, fine organic sparkling wines and local dignitaries …… A great evening!