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Capel Vale is a pioneer within Western Australia and amongst the first to be established with vines planted in 1974. The initial winery was built on the Stirling Estate in Capel in 1979 followed shortly thereafter with the first vintage in 1980.

 

Amongst the first to be established in Western Australia with vines planted in 1974.

Peter Pratten was the first to identify viticultural potential in the cool climate regions of W.A. - Margaret River, Pemberton, Mount Barker, and Geographe. As a result, Capel Vale now produces wines of definitive regional flavour and varietal expression with a focus on balance, complexity and elegant fruit flavours.

In 1986, Peter Pratten as winemaker produced a Capel Vale Riesling which was named Australian National Dry White Champion. An historic moment in the history of not only Capel Vale but also of Riesling in Australia.

Today, Capel Vale is still family owned and managed. From July 2007, Simon Pratten took over as Chief Executive Officer from Peter and Elizabeth Pratten, however both are still heavily involved in the business.

Capel Vale is a fully integrated wine business from vineyard to bottle.

 

Capel Vale's Wine Making Philosophy

While suiting a variety of consumers tastes and needs, Capel Vale wines reflect a winemaking philosophy of wines with balance, complexity and elegant fruit flavours that gives rise to wines demonstrating distinctive regional essence of the finest four cool climate wine regions in Western Australia.

 

A winemaking philosophy of wines with balance, complexity & elegant fruit flavours.

From the company's creation in 1974 by Peter Pratten, to recent new and exciting developments guided by son Simon Pratten, Capel Vale has always been one of the leading family-owned and managed wineries in Western Australia. However, not content to rest on their laurels and determined to continue to capture the imagination and passion of today's wine drinkers, Capel Vale set off on a brave new phase in July 2007 - with the launch of a refined and enhanced portfolio of 3 wine ranges, namely the Single Vineyard Series, Regional Series and Debut Series.

In 2015 our much loved Black Label Series is back to express an exalted selection of our best vintages and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the family owned and operated winery.

 

 

 

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