I'm excited to finally be locked in for vintage 2013 in Australia's Margaret River wine region. I've spent the last couple months applying for my visa and booking tickets so I can join Vasse Felix for vintage beginning in February. I am set to arrive in late January and have yet to sort out my accommodations or transportation, so if anyone in the area can help, please contact me and let me know!
Vasse Felix is one of Australia's premier wineries. Its long list of accolades includes admission to Wine & Spirits Magazine 'Top 100' list of international wineries (one of only six Australian wineries to make the list) and Winery of the Year in the Western Australia Wine Guide 2013. Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock was also recently honored as Winemaker of the Year 2012 by Gourmet Traveler WINE Magazine.
Vasse Felix's storied history began in 1967 when Doctor Tom Cullity planted Margaret River's first vineyard. When its 1972 Riesling was awarded a Gold medal in the Perth Royal Show, attention from around the world turned on Vasse Felix and the potential of Margaret River as a premium wine region. Today, Vasse Felix utilizes a state-of-the-art winemaking facility to produce wines from its three estate vineyards: Wilyabrup (the original vineyard site with additional blocks), Karridale, and Carbunup. Their focus on the region's best varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, has allowed them to create their highly-acclaimed Heytesbury wines; these flagship wines showcase the best of the Margaret River and are backed by Vasse Felix's Estate and Classic wines, produced from several varietals including Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Shiraz.