Capel Vale

Established by Perth-based medical practitioner Dr Peter Pratten and wife Elizabeth in 1974. The first vineyard adjacent to the winery was planted on the banks of the quiet waters of Capel River. The very fertile soil gave rise to extravagant vine growth, providing 95% of the winerys intake until the mid 1980s. The viticultural empire has since been expanded, spreading across Capel (35.66ha), Mount Barker (25.06ha), Pemberton (76.65ha) and Margaret River (27.9ha), with 18 varieties planted; the most recent arrivals are petit verdot, sangiovese, tempranillo and nebbiolo. Unfavourable weather conditions in 2010 meant that Capel Vale did not makes its icon single vineyard wines in that year. JAMES HALLIDAY