Perth's only organic winery.


Harris Organic is the only certified organic vineyard in Perth.


About Us - Harris Organic Wines

Here is some information about the only organic vineyard in Perth.


What makes us

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.

Philosophy

We are careful at what we do and that's why we are the best organic winery in Perth.

Organic Wine Sustainability

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).

History

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


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Some Information

In 1922 the west Baskerville area of the Swan Valley was subdivided for viticulture and the first vines were planted in 1923.
Grapes have been planted on our land for a large part of the time since that period. However, the grapes were mainly for fortified wines, table and dried fruit.
The property was new as the vines had been removed; a blank canvas on which to build Duncan's dream. In 1998, Duncan started from scratch, clearing the trees, turning them into mulch, slashing the grass, removing fruit trees, and chasing away the snakes. Next was the ploughing. Duncan starting ploughing the ground in the hot summer months to remove the couch grass; an evil in any vineyard. Afterwards, to enrich the soil, 100 cubic meters of chook manure was added. In April 1999, a D9 caterpillar bulldozer was hired to rip all the planting lines reading for planting the vines in the spring.
The very first vines planted were shiraz cuttings, sourced from John Kosovich, and a row of rootstock called Schwartzmann. Finally, in 2000, our cellar door opened after the very first vintage was uncorked.

Carbon Neutral

Though we believe a zero waste winery is not possible, we strive to produce the least amount of waste possible. Each year since 2006, because we are A-Grade Australian Certified Organic, we must undergo an annual inspection. Our practices follow strict instruction and laws by the Australian government so that we meet stringent export criteria.

On our property is a green belt of trees and 24 solar panels which produce a maximum of 4.5kW of power to offset our electricity and hydrocarbon fuel usage.

Biodynamic

Whilst considering to use biodynamic products, we examined our vineyard and concluded that the use of these products created the need for timely stirring and spraying, not even including the petrol or tractor diesel required to do the spraying. Because of this and the lack of true scientific evidence in the support of biodynamics, we see no need for their use.


There are five wineries in Memorial Avenue at the top of the Swan Valley for you to explore.

Harris Organic Awards


Liqueur Shiraz
Liqueur Shiraz-Gold Medal
Organic Shiraz wine
Shiraz 2008-Bronze Medal
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Pedro Ximenez-Bronze Medal
Vintage Organic Red wine Vintage Shiraz
Shiraz 1999-Bronze Medal
Vintage Port-Gold Medal vintage port
2010 Vintage Port-Gold Medal
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Pedro Ximenez-Bronze Medal

What we do ?

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Harris Organic Wines logo is formed from our love of the vineyard. We have a man who looks over our vines and soil. We call him the vineman, his logo is on our labels and represents the man who looks over our winery too.
Organic distilling
Our distillery is the only certified organic brandy distillery in the country. The distilates are made from boiling wine over a wood-fired oven to help reduce energy usage and reduce our carbon footprint. At our cellar door, you can find our brandy, vodkas, and all our fortified wines. Each fortified wines is made using our organic stills, on premises, making them purely organic from start to finish.
Cellar Door Sales
As we sell direct to the public, at our cellar door or through our on-line wine shop, our organic wine prices and quality is very good. Open from Thursday to Monday 11am to 4.30pm. Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment. We recommend the Swan Valley Vegetarian cafe for lunch.
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