GROWERS FIRST AND MAKERS SECOND

The Vineyards

Great wine is made
in the vineyard

At Voyager Estate the story behind every bottle begins in this very special part of the world we call home—Margaret River. Our little pocket, Stevens Valley in the south of the Region, is a place where idyllic microclimate, ancient geology and coastal influence converge to create our distinctive Voyager Estate style.

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FIG 1. – Chardonnay grapes from 2020 vintage. 

All our grapes are grown in the gravel and loam soils of our own vineyard. Each block has its own distinct personality which we encourage to flourish through our natural approach to viticulture.

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FIG 2. – Glen Ryan, Vineyard Manager.

As winegrowers we are custodians of the land, operating at the intersection of tradition and creativity to move our craft forward. Under the watchful eye of Vineyard Manager, Glen Ryan, we produce exceptional quality fruit that translates into wines that are true expressions of the unique coastal site that is Voyager Estate.

“To lead the way in production of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, we use minimal input methods and organic farming practices which encourage the vines to work harder and go deeper, producing truly site-expressive wines with a genuine sense of place.” Steve James, Head of Viticulture and Winemaking

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FARMING PRACTICE

Our journey to organics

THEN
NOW

As of 2020, we're proud to have our first tranche of certified organic wines, with the rest of our wines to follow until all are Certified Organic by 2023.

“Our objective is to achieve environmental balance, focusing on an organic farming approach to vineyard management, working with nature and incorporating the use of natural products to encourage biodiversity.” – Steve James, Head of Viticulture and Winemaking

Organic farming puts nature back in charge. Sure, it requires dedication, hard work and risk taking, but it's the right thing to do. For our owner Alex, that’s the key driver—to consciously build a healthy and resilient vineyard, and leave the land in a better condition than we found it for future generations.

“We had been heading down the organics pathway for many years, following a sustainable management approach to farming… one of the things we have learned is that organic farming is not really a ‘new’ way of farming – it’s back to a more traditional way of farming more holistically.” – Steve James, Head of Viticulture & Winemaking

Voyager’s journey to organics began many years ago. Our vineyards have been farmed sustainably for decades, so our conversion to organic farming and pathway to certification was just a natural next step. In 2004, the team began trialling an organic farming approach to our heritage Old Block Cabernet, and our organics journey was formalised over a ‘kicking the dirt’ chat with Alex Burt and Vineyard Manager Glen Ryan in 2016. The official three-year certification process began in 2017.

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FIG 3. – Steve James in the winery.
ORGANIC WINEMAKING

Our natural approach in the vineyard continues in the winery

Lead by Head of Winemaking & Viticulture Steve James, our winemaking is a continuation of our ‘hands off’ and organic approach to viticulture.

Our ultimate ambition couldn’t be simpler—to craft wines that do justice to our extraordinary climate and soils through some of the most pure, elegant and balanced Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons in the world. These are the wines our soils were destined to make, and it’s our job as custodians to never get in the way of that sense and taste of place in every bottle.

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FIG 4. – Free run juice in the winery.
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FIG 5. – Inside the winery at Voyager Estate.

So, we bring great technique and precision to our winemaking process. But we also do it with an eye on the drinkability of the wine, trusting our senses while still embracing the science of great winemaking. For wines that could be from no other place on earth; uniquely Voyager Estate and distinctly Margaret River.

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