1922 The Baskerville area of the Swan Valley was subdivided for viticulture and the first vines were planted in 1923.
Duncan's ancestors were an entrepreneurial lot, with one Francois Girard, owning the Sydney Hotel and another, Michael Hayes, operating one of the first illegal distilleries in Australia.
Duncan grew up in Tasmania's Tamar Valley, and came to Perth in the 1990s, eventually buying the property at Baskerville in 1998. While working full-time as an engineer, he spent every spare moment working to establish his winemaker’s dream of an organic vineyard and winemaking facilities at the Baskerville property. The winery cellar door opened in 2000.
In 2001 Duncan built an underground cellar in which to store and mature wines in a cooler environment without the need for artificial refrigeration.
In 2002 he built a tasting room cellar door, which is much more comfortable than the back of the old winery shed - although many of our long-time visitors miss the rustic surroundings!
In 2006 we became HARRIS ORGANIC WINES as we became certified organic with ACO as we wanted to highlight our organic wines and the organics industry.
In 2007 Duncan reproduced The Handbook of Horticulture and Viticulture of Western Australia - a labour of love and tribute to its author Adrien d' Espeissis.
The first sparkling wine that was made on the premises is named "Madeleine Claire" after their daughter - this Traditional Method is a vintage sparkling Blanc de blanc.
As of 2010 the first Australian certified organic brandy and vodka became available from Harris Organic Wines.
In 2012 Harris Organic Wines launched its online Wine Shop, thanks to the help of his Organic Volunteer, Stuie from England.
179 Memorial Avenue Swan Valley
Baskerville WA 6056
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