Upper Reach: a Swan Valley Wine Journey
At Upper Reach we believe that wine is one of life’s essentials- along with family, friends and good food.
Our story is the creation of something from nothing, of crafting the whole – from growing the grapes to making our wines, tasting them with you and hearing how you enjoy them.
We grow and care for the grapes as they ripen; agonising over such things as irrigation and which day to hand pick our fruit.
Our aim with our wine is to highlight the character of our Swan Valley estate grown fruit, creating wines that are fresh, vibrant and full flavoured. Each wine reflects the vintage and our vineyard.
Its exciting to see how the wines age and develop, whether in barrel or in bottle; we now have our own bottling line (it was the last piece in the jigsaw) and we age everything on-site.
Then finally we get to show you the fruits of our labour, taste these wines with you and help you choose which wines are right for you.
The Upper Reach story began with Derek.
He grew up on his family’s wheat farm at Wubin, but it was while working in a wine shop in London, he discovered his true passion… wine. It was also while he was there that he met Laura, who’d grown up in London and had barely ever seen a tractor!
In 1997 we both headed back to Western Australia and started Upper Reach.
Our first challenge was growing grapes, then learning how to make wine, something that we’re constantly improving on.
Over the years we’ve built the cellar door, the restaurant and refurbished the cottage.
Each part of the process is carefully though about and pondered on, nothing is left to chance, we want to craft some beautiful wines that you’ll savour and enjoy.