St. Aidan Wines is a boutique vineyard straddling the Ferguson River in the heart of the Geographe wine region of Western Australia, just 20 minutes from Bunbury.
The name derives from the districts historic church that sits on its boundary.
The property was purchased in 1991 by Phil and Mary Smith who wanted a small farm for intensive horticulture within 20 minutes drive of the two Bunbury Hospitals where Phil works as an Anaesthetist.
"With no knowledge of the wine industry and no idea of our future in it, we ventured into table grapes and citrus trees planting a hectare of each between 1994 and 1996"
Following this experience, and Mary’s completion of a TAFE Viticulture course they broadened their horizons, planting a hectare of Chardonnay and a hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997. Over the next 6 years the vineyard was extended with the addition of more Chardonnay, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon vines. More recently Tempranillo has also been added to the stable. Phil and Mary are very conscious of maintaining the vineyard in an environmentally friendly manner using integrated pest management systems, natural fertilizers and energy efficient applications.
The wine is made under contract by Mark Messenger at Juniper Estate Winery in Cowaramup, just outside Margaret River. After a Bronze medal for the 2001 Chardonnay, and Silver Medal for the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon in the Geographe Wine Show, they have not looked back. Award highlights include Trophies for Best White wine, and Best Wine at Geographe Wine Show 2006, Best West Australian White wine at the Blackwood valley Wine show 2006, Best White wine and Best Small Producer at the Geographe Wine show 2009, and Mark Messenger winning the Nicholas Baudin Trophy for Most Successful Winemaker in 2008 and 2009 in the same show. We have also won numerous awards for best of class at a variety of shows.
Soon after the first wines were released the Cellar Door was opened, this was a 'cave' dug into the hill below the Cabernet Sauvignon vines. In the following years with increasing tourism demands, the 'quaint' tasting area was soon outgrown and in August 2009 the rammed earth Cellar Door was opened, this houses the Cafe and is nestled between the Sauvignon and Semillon vines and the Ferguson River. The building was sympathetically designed to blend in with the surroundings and reflect the design of the neighbouring Church from where we take our name. The result has been the creation of an ideal place for friends and clients of St Aidan Wines to enjoy a light meal, while savouring exquisite wines in a relaxed timeless atmosphere.
"Over 20 years we have transformed "our dreams to reality” in our own patch of heaven in the Ferguson Valley".