Organic Winery - Perth

Welcome to Harris Organic Vineyard

Thank you for your interest in our organic vineyard.

Organic Vineyard

We are great at what we do and we have over ten different grape varieties planted

First planted in 1999, the vines at Harris Organic Wines’ 5 acre vineyard are created by hand - from the first budburst of Spring to the final pruning in grey winter, the certified organic vineyard (where beautiful wine begins) is carefully tended by Duncan Harris, owner and winemaker.

Because the Harris Organic vineyard is managed using organic principles of viticulture, no pesticides or herbicidal chemicals are used on or around the vines, nor are the vines artificially fertilised.

The vines are weeded uses a strip digger in spring to turn over the nitrogen-rich winter growth to become ‘green manure’ – returning nutrients to the soil and encouraging earth worm and microbial activity.

Everything is done by hand at Harris Organic Wines; from pruning to most importantly, the picking of the fruit later in summer; this means there are no machine battered vines or wines at Harris Organic wines – you could say that we are happy producers of “free range" wines.

The vines are planted on rich duplex soils. They are not irrigated and therefore have to fend for themselves. Their roots are deep into the clay subsoil layers to extract the little water available during the summer months.

The vines are trained on vertical shoot position (VSP) trellis, a 5 wire system to maintain the vine shoots are growing in a vertical position. VSP is a modern system where the canopy is kept thin to let in light and maintain air flow. Leaf, and soil analysis reports to us any elements that we need to amend so as to maintain optimal growing conditions.

The vines maintain a healthy canopy because of the above system, making it easy to summer prune and drive the tractor along the three metre wide rows.

Natural Capital Accounting project with West Australian farmers

We are involved in the Natural Capital Accounting project

What is Natural Capital?

Natural Capital is the stock of natural resources like vegetation, water, soils, and biodiversity that generate ecosystem services.

Perth NRM team will undertake on-farm assessments of the ecological assets of our property as well as the collection of farm production data (of up to 5 years).

Swan Valley - On Farm Assessment

These assessments will focus on aspects of:
  • Remnant native vegetation, significant flora and fauna, ecological communities and critical habitat
  • Ground cover and general biodiversity
  • Soil sampling and analysis
  • Plant and produce sampling and analysis, including nutrient testing and residual chemical analysis

  • We will receive:
  • Results of the ecological assessments of the properties
  • Results of the soil, plant and produce analysis
  • A customised Natural Capital Accounting report. The NCA report will describe the contribution of the natural capital to the farming enterprise and will determine a baseline of the condition of the natural capital to allow for future assessments of the change in the condition of the natural capital overtime.

  • For further info visit the Perth NRM.
    We look forward to the report in 2022.

    What varieties do you grow?

    Of the 30 rows of vines we have ten different varieties to make a wide range of wine styles.
    Muscat a petit grains - blanc
    Muscat a petit grains - rouge
    Pedro Ximenez
    Madeleine Angevin
    Chenin blanc
    For more information on alternative varieties of grape vines check out Vinodiversity website. alternative varieties of grape vines and wines

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    Organic strip digging with the original silly plough

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