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Hotham Ridge Winery, Wandering, Western Australia

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Hotham Ridge vineyard

Wandering is a tiny town located in the picturesque Hotham Valley (Peel region of Western Australia) – approximately 120 kilometres from Perth the capital.

Wandering was discovered by early European pioneers when they found their straying wagon team of horses grazing in lush grass around a fresh water spring.  It is known till this day as Horse Well.  The village was called Wandering to recall the first sighting of the wandering stock, and the shire is graced by a statue of “Wandering Horses.”

Wandering is primarily an agricultural region which produces hay, cereal crops, canola oil seed, wool, lamb, beef and myriad varietals of grapes.  Half a dozen vineyards and cellar doors have sprung up within a 30-minute circle.  They are calling themselves the Hotham Valley Wine Trail, and some entrepreneur will probably soon set up a horse-drawn carriage tour of these rustic vineyards.

Nina and Simone: the twin cottages are adjacent to the winemakers’ residence and bistro’s garden.

You will find the Organic/Biodynamic Hotham Ridge Winery in the Hotham Valley, about one and half hours south east of Perth. Situated at an altitude of 350 metres, Hotham Ridge enjoys ideal growing conditions – hot summer days, cool nights and cold winters.

These ideal growing conditions show up clearly in their wines, which combine elegance, structure with vibrant fruit characters. Their emblem is the Magpie—a quintessential sight and sound in this part of the world. Enjoy the vineyard and stay at one of their cottages for an extended visit to this region.

Relaxing gardens feature “yard art” found on the farm and in the large winery warehouse.

The deluxe cottages were hand-built in 2012 with local materials by the owners after harvest and pruning were done. They are part of the cellar door and bistro complex. Each self-contained cottage  is named after the winery dogs – Nina or Billie. There is a comfortable queen size bed in the bedroom along with clothes hanging space and a study desk with ample power points for a computer and chargers.

Dutch-color flowers and inter-connected ponds and water features greet you at the cellar door entrance.

In the dining-living area the furniture is a blend of contemporary and antique. There is a television and reverse cycle air-conditioning. While guests can mingle in the gardens of the winery each cottage has an outside courtyard for privacy and relaxation. The kitchenette has everything needed to make a meal and the Lavazza coffee machine provides professionally brewed coffee. The spacious ensuite and the shower have views to the chardonnay vines.

The Winery Bistro has meals available and there is provision for breakfast each day. The food available is organic and where possible grown and produced on the estate.

There are gardens set in five acres which includes ponds and waterfalls. The property is registered with Land for Wildlife. The vineyard, orchards and vegetable garden are organic/biodynamic. These same principles are used in the winery and the wines are organic. There are walking trails on the 167 acre property with plenty of places to see the bush and watch the wildlife and nearby is a wildlife park.

Comfortable furnishings are a blend of antique and modern.


  • Entertainment
  • DVD Player
  • Linen Supplied
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Towels Supplied
  • Cooking
  • Barbeque
  • Cooking Facilities
  • Microwave
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heater
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking
  • Conference Facilities
  • Parking
  • Private courtyard
  • Rammed earth and recycled timber cottage.
  • Front verandah
  • Welcome breakfast hamper
  • Situated in the vineyard
  • Antique and contemporary furniture
  • Walking trails
  • Valley views
  • Five acre gardens and ponds

Dining/Living Area

The Organic/Biodynamic vineyard and winery of Hotham Ridge was established in 1988 and the first wines were made in the early 1990’s. The current winery was built in 1993 and when the present owners – Dutchmen by birth, Australians by choice – bought the property in 2002, they began organic practices which led to full Organic/Biodynamic Certification with in 2010.

The oldest vines (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Semillon, Riesling and Zinfandel) were planted in the late 1980’s. Shiraz was added in the late 1990’s and Tempranillo in 2004.


In 2005 Viognier and Verdelho were grafted onto the vines of the northern half of the Riesling block. Careful site selection, combined with meticulous vineyard management, have paid dividends. In 1993 the hillside vineyard won its first trophy with the 1993 Semillon and many other trophies have followed.

The Hotham Ridge Winery is a boutique winery producing quality award winning wines from fruit grown in their own vineyard.

Website: www.hothamridge.com.au

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