We are the only Australian Certified Organic vineyard in Perth and one of the few in all of Australia. Our distillery is the only certified one in all of Australia, making all our brandies, vodkas, and fortified wines the only certified organic in the county. All of our vines are irrigated only from what they receive from the sky and we never use any pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. In each wine, we only add natural yeasts, and never add any unnecessary additives and the bare minimum or preservatives. We have a passion for making great wines and a commitment to servicing the environment, our health, and the future through our green practices. We love what we do and we are confident that you will be able to taste difference in our wines.
We are careful at what we do and that's why we are the best organic winery in Perth.
Sustainability is central to Harris Organic’s philosophy of vineyard management; we favour the ‘slow food’ process of wine production which is vital to our physical and environmental health. By not using industrial techniques and focussing on small-scale processing, ultimately this means caring for you and the local environment.
Land that is cared for without introduced irrigation allows the land to be used for future generations. We only use nature’s underground water on our vines.
In winemaking we use minimal artificial energy sources. For example we built an underground cellar for naturally cooler storage temperatures while our wines likewise mature in natural oak, ultimately sealed in recyclable glass and cork. We use very small amounts of electricity in producing a litre of wine compared with the Swan Valley and Australian average. We are against the use of pesticides.
We use low amounts of preservative and additives.
See the Additive List
for the chemicals that we DO NOT use in our wine (useful if you have particular allergies).
Duncan's ancestors first came to Australia on the first fleet, landing in Sydney in 1788. They were an entrepreneurial lot, with one Francois Girard, owning the Sydney Hotel and another, Michael Hayes, operating one of the first illegal distilleries in Australia in 1805.
Duncan as a 7th generation Australian, grew up in Tasmania's Tamar Valley, and came to Perth in the 1990s, eventually buying the property at Baskerville in 1998. While working full-time as an engineer, Duncan spent every spare moment
working to establish Duncan's winemaker’s dream of an organic vineyard and wine-making facilities at the Baskerville property. The winery cellar door opened in 2000.
In 2001 Duncan built an underground cellar in which to store and mature wines in a cooler environment without the need for artificial refrigeration.
In 2002 Duncan built a tasting room cellar door, which is much more comfortable than the back of the old winery shed - although many of the long-time visitors miss the rustic surroundings.
In 2006 the business name became "Harris Organic Wines" as we became certified organic with ACO as Duncan wanted to highlight the organic wines and the organics industry.
In 2007 Duncan reproduced The Handbook of Horticulture and Viticulture of Western Australia - a labour of love and tribute to its author Adrien d'Espeissis.
The first sparkling wine that was made on the premises is named "Madeleine Claire" after Duncan's daughter - this traditional method is a vintage sparkling blanc de blanc.
As of 2010 the first Australian certified organic brandy became available from Harris Organic Wines.
In 2012 Harris Organic Wines launched its on-line wine shop, thanks to the help of Duncan's Organic Volunteer, Stuie from England.
February 2013 the first malbec wine was produced.
June 2015 the website was revamped into a responsive foundation theme as you see today, unfortunately without the help from Stuie.
May 2016 Duncan celebrated 10 years of organic certification of Duncan's vineyard and winery, the oldest plot of certified land in Perth.
Duncan's ancestors were an entrepreneurial lot, with one Francois Girard, owning the Sydney Hotel (1828) and another, Michael Hayes, operating one of the first illegal distilleries in Australia in 1805.
Duncan grew up in Tasmania's Tamar Valley, and came to Perth in 1993 as an engineer, eventually buying the Swan Valley property at Baskerville in 1998. While working full-time, Duncan spent every spare moment
building the dream of a vineyard and wine-making facilities in the Swan Valley.
The winery cellar door opened in 2000 and full certification obtained in 2006. In 2017 we celebrate 17 years of cellar door sales.
Tasting fees were introduced in 2002 with the new purpose built cellar door.
For those who would like to "do lunch" with my organic wines, Duncan recommends the Swan Valley Vegetarian Cafe
Duncan Harris - Proprietor