Dr Thomas Cullity had been trial planting vines in South-West Australia since 1965. Upon learning of Dr Gladstones’ report praising the Margaret River region, he spent around a year searching for the perfect site of “red gravel in redgum country, with clay about 18 inches below the surface.”
Finally locating the ideal site, he planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec and Riesling to establish the Vasse Felix vineyard; Margaret River’s oldest vines. The first Vasse Felix – and Margaret River – wines were including Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling were released in 1972.
The original Vasse Felix winery has been preserved as an Art Gallery and here, a seasonal program of exhibitions from the celebrated Holmes à Court Collection is shown.