OUR STORY

OUR STORY

PERSONAL CONNECTION TO MARGARET RIVER

In 1976, just like the pioneer settlers before them, Mark Lewis and his family left England setting sail for Fremantle and a new life. They spent time in Perth and Melbourne, before putting down roots in Margaret River. Upon completion of his education, Mark embarked on a successful legal career that would take him from Australia to London, Tokyo, Moscow and Warsaw before culminating with a post in the Cayman Islands, where he met his partner, Sarah.

INSPIRATION

Mark and Sarah have always admired Margaret River’s pristine natural beauty from its rocky coastline with world-class surf beaches to the breathtaking ancient Karri forests beyond. Equally enticing were the vineyards and internationally acclaimed wines that placed Margaret River firmly on the world wine map.

After years of visiting the area with Mark’s sons, George and Dylan, the couple was able to realise a life long dream of operating an established vineyard in Margaret River. 

SINGLE VINEYARD WINES

Cape Landing had an established reputation, supplying premium fruit to major regional wine makers for nearly twenty years, under the leadership of previous owners Larry and Cheryl de Jong when Mark and Sarah took the reins in 2016.

Taking time to learn the unique qualities of the vineyard and understand it's potential, Mark and Sarah's first two vintages at the helm saw the continued supply of fruit to local Margaret River winemakers.

The consistent quality of the fruit produced each vintage, and the wine making potential, finally compelled them to develop a Cape Landing brand and label, and start making their own unique range of single vineyard wines establishing Cape Landing as one of Margaret River’s premium labels.


“Cape Landing is picturesque, the vines well established and mature, the fruit quality superb, but it was the moment I first saw the vineyard’s expansive main dam and water supply, that I knew this was the place for us.”

Mark Lewis, Cape Landing

VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

MATT BARLING (VINEYARD MANAGER) & JAMES HARRIS (VITICULTURIST)

Cape Landing was first planted in 1998 with Cabernet Sauvignon (2.5ha), Syrah/Shiraz (1.96ha), Chardonnay (3.68ha) and Sauvignon Blanc (4.19ha).

The vineyard is gently sloping, well drained, and its soil profile consists primarily of Treeton Low Slopes with gravelly duplex (Forest Grove) and pale grey mottled Mungite, perfectly suited to making fragrant, textured and pure wines.

Vine rows are oriented north-south, and a vertical shoot positioning trellis system is used throughout Cape Landing.

Experienced Vineyard Manager Matt Barling and Viticulturist James Harris manage the vineyard year-round, using a combination of traditional spur and cane pruning, shoot thinning, leaf removal and bunch thinning to carefully manage vine yields, airflow and sunlight. Matt and James take a sustainable approach to water management and soil biodiversity.





Vineyard Map

“Cape Landing’s rolling hills, gravelly duplex soils and abundant water supply are just ideal for production of premium Margaret River fruit” – James Harris, Viticulturist

REGION

MARGARET RIVER

The Margaret River wine region is located in the south-west corner of Western Australia, stretching 100km from north to south, between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, uniquely surrounded by ocean on three sides.

“It's difficult to think of any other vineyards in the world that are only a few kilometres from great surf.” – Jancis Robinson, MW

A mild, Mediterranean climate and a ‘belting sea breeze’ combined with ancient gravel soils contribute to Margaret River’s ideal conditions for fine wine production.

Margaret River wines are known for their fruit purity, elegance, structure and consistency, producing 20% of Australia’s premium wines, from just 3% of Australia’s total crush [Source – Wine Australia, Regional Snapshot 2017 – Margaret River].

“The top rank of Margaret River Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon is, simply put, in the top rank in the world. And by that, I'm including the likes of Burgundy (for Chardonnay) and Bordeaux and Napa Valley (for Cabernet Sauvignon)” – Matt Kramer, WineSpectator.com

WINEMAKING

BRUCE DUKES AND REMI GUISE

For 20 years Cape Landing cultivated outstanding grapes used by some of the region’s most decorated winemakers; including Leeuwin Estate, Xanadu and Cape Mentelle.

All that changed in 2018 when independent wine makers Bruce Dukes and Remi Guise came on board and began crafting Cape Landing’s first Sauvignon Blanc and a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

A full range of Estate and Reserve wines followed with the 2019 vintage, with Reserve Chardonnay and Reserve Syrah, as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2019 vintage also saw the first production of our flagship Blackwood Series wines - with a limited release 2019 Blackwood Chardonnay and a 2019 Blackwood Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bruce and Remi have a philosophy based on picking fruit at optimal perfume and flavour and creating wines that are a pure expression of quality fruit.

VINEYARD & COMMERCIAL CONSULTANT

RUPERT OWEN

Cape Landings Fine Wine Consultant, Rupert Owen, has a Diploma in Wine from the Wines and Spirits Education Trust in London and over a decade of experience in the UK, France, the Middle East and the Caribbean managing wine importers.

He has a ‘hands on’ and very practical understanding of vineyards and is a huge advocate of Margaret River's world class potential, particularly the elegant Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons the region is most famous for.

Rupert brings a unique skill set to development of our wine styles ensuring or wines reflect the unique terroir of Cape Landing’s vineyard.

He works alongside our vineyard management and winemaking teams to identify and isolate fruit parcels from within Cape Landing's prized vineyard blocks for the creation of Cape Landing's highest quality Reserve and Blackwood series.

He has advised on wine quality, tiering and minimal oak intervention for a number of Cape Landing’s wine styles, and he works as our brand ambassador helping to take Cape Landing’s wines to new and exciting overseas markets.

TEAM WORK

VINEYARD MANAGEMENT, VITICULTURE, WINEMAKING, PRUNING AND FRUIT PICKING

Throughout the growing season, our winemakers, vineyard managers and viticulturist meet regularly in the vineyard, working as a team to ensure optimal vine development and the production of exceptional fruit and superb wines.

There is attention to detail in everything we do that comes only with time and experience, right down to an appreciation of the individual characteristics of each group of vines in each vineyard block.

We are also supported by our seasonal teams of pruners and fruit pickers, regional contractors, fantastic neighbours and very capable local talent that often join us for wine events and wine tastings.


CAPE LANDING'S WINE DOGS

Wherever wine is made, you'll likely find loyal canines snoozing in the cellar or roaming the vineyard. Australian Shepherds, Beau and Jasper, are Cape Landing’s ‘Wine Dogs’.

Favourite Food
Beau - Loves bones, especially bones ‘borrowed’ from other dogs.
Jasper - biscuits and desiccated coconut whenever he arrives at the vineyard.

Naughtiest Deeds
Beau - Serial sock thief! Prone to teasing innocent victims before returning thoroughly dog slobbered swag.
Jasper - Just hanging out in Matt's pick-up truck.

Obsessions
Beau - Water: Sea, rivers, dams - any time of the year.
Jasper - Not working too hard!