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, and came to Perth in 1993, eventually buying 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.
Why make organic wines
Duncan had become intrigued with the world of wine, particularly from the growing of the grapes, the winemaking, maturation and finally the drinking the fruits of his labour. You can enjoy the fruits of them too.
The winery cellar door opened in 2000 and in 2001 Duncan became the full-time vigneron and winemaker.
Tasting fees were introduced in 2002 with the new purpose built cellar door attached to the 1933 built grape processing shed and winery.
Full organic A grade certification was obtained in 2006.
In 2018 and 2019 Duncan became a finalist for the Australian organic farmer of the year award.
On the 17th of June 2019 Harris Organic Wines and Spirits became certified with Southern Cross certifiers, ready for the 2000 vintage..
In 2022 we celebrated 24 years of ownership and 100 years of grape growing in Memorial Avenue, Baskerville.
As mentioned before, organic A grade 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.