Duncan's ancestors first came to Australia as boat people on the first fleet, landing in Sydney in 1788.
They were an entrepreneurial lot, with one Francois Girard, owning the Sydney Hotel (1828) and another, Michael Hayes, Australia's first accountant, operating
one of the first illegal distilleries in Australia in 1805.
Duncan Harris grew up in Tasmania's Tamar Valley, graduating from the Launceston Matriculation College and then studying in Melbourne at RMIT. In the 17 years in Melbourne, Duncan built motorcycle engine prototypes, qualified as a patternmaker and won several awards.
After finishing a Bachelor of Engineering at RMIT, he transferred to Perth in 1993. While working at an automotive research facility he bought the Swan Valley property at Baskerville in 1998. While working full-time, as an engineer, he spent every spare moment building the dream of a vineyard and natural wine-making facilities in the Swan Valley.
As mentioned before, organic certification was obtained in 2006, however it was applied for in 2004 and took 18 months for the paperwork and the
inspections to be completed. We just missed out on having the 2006 vintage wines certified as organic. There were two inspections, one as a pre-requiasite and the other as an
Inspector Tom came to see us and was very thorough, giving us good tips and advice as to what was happening in the organic industry in Western Australia at the time.
There are many online organics and organic shops in Perth. The only certified organic shop in Perth is the:
Dunn & Walton
Organic Produce Organic Online Shop & Store, Kitchen & Coffee shop in Doubleview.
Buy seasonal organic boxes, meals and groceries online or visit them in store. Perth's only certified Organic Store & Cafe NASSA 6091R.