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Delivering both high yields and “exceptional” quality fruit, conditions achieved during the 2018 vintage provided “optimum ripening conditions for the fruit, leading to higher bunch weights and more volume per wine,” according to Burch.

“There were positives across all grape varieties including some extraordinary Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. This is a vintage that wine makers will talk about and will be one for consumers to look out for in coming years,” he said.

“Without weather pressures you can time the pick according to where we want the flavour, acidity and balance to be”.

Winemaker Janice McDonald concurred, noting the results were particularly welcomed in the Great Southern region which had a “tougher 2017 vintage where the quality fruit was in smaller quantities”.

“As the wines evolve over the months and years ahead, 2018 will be heralded as one of the great, Great Southern vintages,” she said.

The first of the 2018 wines will be available to taste later this year, with the whites due to be released first.

In the meantime, Howard Park, which boasts two former professional ballet dancers among its staff members, has announced its official partnership with the WA Ballet.


This year, it will be sponsoring performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, due to open at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth on 16 November.

It will also host the launch party for its ballet-inspired bubbles – the Petit Jeté methode traditionelle sparkling – at the West Australian Ballet Centre in July.

Aurélien Scannella, WAB’s artistic director, commented:  “I’m elated to see a family owned business, Howard Park Wines, become part of West Australian Ballet family.

“The synergies between [both] are undoubtable. Both have a strong history in Western Australia and create beautiful, world-class products”.

David Burch and Lesley Scogna, both siblings of Jeff Burch, are former professional ballet dancers. The Jeté sparkling range produced by the winery is a reference to the ballet term meaning ‘to leap’.

General manager at Howard Park, Natalie Burch added: “Sponsoring West Australian Ballet was such a natural fit for us, and we jumped at the chance. We have loved working with the team so far and are very excited to see the partnership come to fruition, including the Petit Jeté launch later this year.

“The connection to ballet in my family is very important and meaningful. This is a lovely way to recognise that, and though they have taken a different path with wine, we still consider it a creative profession, and we like to honour our ballet heritage where possible”.

Experience Howard Park in this gorgeous new video and learn all things about winemaking, our award-winning viticultural practices, philosophy, family and beautiful scenery of the Margaret River estate.





Howard Park was borne from an ambition to craft wine with generational cellaring potential. The first two wines were produced by founding winemaker, John Wade, who left a prestigious posting in the Coonawarra after seeing enormous promise in the budding Great Southern wine region. John had seen enormous success at Under the Howard Park label, he crafted a Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon to stand the test of time. His friend and fellow wine lover, Jeff Burch, joined in partnership seven years later, purchasing cornerstone land parcels, constructing a winery and cellar door, and entwining his family with Howard Park’s future.

A Three Decade Search for Fruit Perfection

Howard Park had humble beginnings with a visionary winemaker, a shed and two powerful, elegant wines that form the backbone of the range to this day.

The subsequent 30 years were meticulously spent discovering quality fruit producers in both Margaret River and the Great Southern. Over time, the Burch family and their winemaking and viticultural teams built an intellectual database of regions, vineyards, blocks and clones on their hunt for optimal fruit quality.

Today Howard Park is the proud owner of 4 distinct vineyards, each identified for allowing specific fruit varieties to flourish to their full potential.

Growing pristine fruit in two regions will be forever woven into Howard Park history. The duality distinguishes Howard Park from all other Australian wineries, with exceeding acknowledgement on the world stage. No other winery has committed the last 30 years to developing their vital fruit source in the same way.



  • The Howard Park story begins. While working at Plantagenet Wines, John Wade makes a Howard Park Riesling and Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon. He names Howard Park after his father.


  • The Burch family purchases a 138-hectare property in Wilyabrup, which will become the Leston vineyard. John Gladstones’ seminal study of the Margaret River had marked this particular property as suitable for growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.


  • Amy and Jeff Burch join John Wade in partnership.


  • Release of the first Howard Park Chardonnay, a blend of both Great Southern and Margaret River fruit.


  • The historic ‘Park Head’ property in Denmark is purchased to become Howard Park’s first winery and cellar door.
  • Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are planted at the Leston vineyard in Margaret River.
  • David Burch, Jeff’s brother, joins Howard Park to manage the Leston Vineyard.


  • The Denmark winery and cellar door opens.


  • John Wade leaves Howard Park and the Burch family take sole control.
  • Michael Kerrigan becomes Chief Winemaker.
  • Lesley Scogna, Jeff’s sister, joins Howard Park as a Brand Ambassador.


  • Release of the Distinguished Sites range with the Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon and Leston Shiraz.


  • The single vineyard range (which is later renamed as the Distinguished Sites range) is completed with the Scotsdale Shiraz and Leston Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • The new Howard Park winery and cellar door opens in Margaret River for the 2000 vintage. Architecturally designed with Feng Shui principles, it wins several awards.
  • Another 63 hectares of Cabernet and Chardonnay vines are planted at the Leston vineyard.


  • Screwcap trials begin with some batches of Howard Park Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.


  • All Howard Park and MadFish wines are bottled under screwcap.


  • Release of Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc.


  • Purchase of the 200-hectare Mount Barrow vineyard in Mount Barker, Great Southern.
  • David Botting joins Howard Park as Chief Viticulturist.


  • Several clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are planted at the Mount Barrow vineyard along with Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
  • The 20th vintage of Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon is renamed ‘Abercrombie’ after Jeff’s great grandfather, Walter Abercrombie.
  • Natalie Burch, Jeff and Amy’s daughter, joins Howard Park.


  • Howard Park celebrates its 20th anniversary.
  • First release of the Howard Park Museum Riesling.
  • No Abercombie Cabernet Sauvignon is made due to adverse vintage conditions.
  • Howard Park hosts the Tropfest film festival in Margaret River for the first time.
  • The first international Riesling tasting is held at the Margaret River winery.


  • Tony Davis becomes Chief Winemaker.


  • Expansion of the Margaret River winery – additional red fermenters, additional press, and additional storage capacity.


  • Allan Stanbury becomes Bottling Manager. Installation of still and sparkling lines at Margaret River winery.
  • The first Howard Park sparklings are tiraged.
  • Howard Park joins Australia’s First Families of Wine.
  • David Burch, Jeff and Amy’s son, joins Howard Park.


  • First release of the Howard Park Porongurup Riesling.


  • Janice McDonald becomes Chief Winemaker.
  • First vintage of Allingham Chardonnay (which ultimately becomes part of our Icons range).


  • The Howard Park methodé traditionnelle sparklings are launched.
  • Burch Family Wines is named as the umbrella brand of Howard Park, Marchand & Burch and MadFish.
  • Richard Burch, the youngest of the Burch clan joins Howard Park.


  • Purchase of the Dennis vineyard in Mount Barker, which is renamed the Abercrombie Vineyard. The vineyard was planted in 1975 and has provided fruit for our Icon Cabernet Sauvignon since 1986, now called the Abercrombie.
  • Purchase of the Broomstick Vineyard in southern Margaret River, which is renamed the Allingham Vineyard. The fruit has been in Howard Park Chardonnay since 2004.
  • Expansion of Margaret River winery: additional crusher and press, additional small tanks to enable small batch processing.
  • The Wine Chapel is opened as an exclusive tasting room at the Margaret River winery.
  • The Howard Park Great Southern Riesling becomes the Mount Barker Riesling sourced from our Mount Barrow vineyard.
  • The Leston nursery starts propagating Chardonnay clones for Allingham and Mount Barrow vineyards.



  • Howard Park celebrates 30 years.


  • Howard Park NV Jeté Brut Blanc wins ‘Best Australian Sparkling’ and ‘Best in Class – Australian NV Brut Blend’ at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships in London.


  • Janice McDonald, now Director of Winemaking, is named Gourmet Traveller’s Winemaker of the Year.
  • Investment in and expansion of sparkling wine production.
  • Petit Jeté sparkling wine launched.


  • A.S.W. Cabernet Shiraz launched as part of the Icons range.  The aim was to create a top shelf Margaret River example of the iconic Australian wine blend.


  • Nic Bowen appointed Chief Winemaker.


At Howard Park our success depends entirely on the quality of our fruit. We have patiently developed our vineyards over the past 35+ years, with each site specifically chosen to maximise the quality of grape varieties planted there.

Since 1986, the viticultural team has grown an intimate, exhaustive knowledge of vineyards in these areas, culminating in the careful acquisition and development of four properties – Leston and Allingham in Margaret River, and Mount Barrow and Abercrombie in the Great Southern – where every detail is controlled by our in-house team.

Leston is now home to all winery operations, including the architecturally-acclaimed cellar door, built in 2000.

It is also home to Howard Park’s original rootling nursery, used by the viticultural team to diversify clones and varieties for future plantings, and to propagate from tried and true vine stock. The nursery produces up to 40,000 rootlings per year and is currently planted with Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir clones from Burgundy. It is a state-of-the-art addition and a rarity in Western Australia.


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The Abercrombie vineyard is the most historic in the Howard Park stable. Planted with Cabernet Sauvignon in 1975, it holds some of the oldest vines of the Mount Barker area.

From 1986, when winemaker John Wade purchased his first parcels of Cabernet for the fledgling Howard Park label, this rare and special site – with its gentle slopes, northerly aspect and gravelly soils – provided the backbone for the tradition of the Abercrombie, one of our Icon wines.

After carefully tending and improving these vines for over 20 years, Howard Park purchased the vineyard from the Dennis family in 2014.


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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  3 wines  from  Howard Park Wines . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Howard Park – Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River Miamup 2021 – The tradition West Aussie white blend, which used to be known as ‘Classic Dry Whites’, done superbly here. Harvested from individual blocks, coming from the more southerly vineyards as the team believe that these provide the high natural acidity and strong varietal intensity that they require. These are vinified individually, all cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. Some select batches were finished in oak, to add that touch of complexity. 

At this early stage, it is the character of the Sauv Blanc which dominates. Quite tropical with a hint of mango and pear. There is gooseberry and some citrus as well. Good crunchy acidity here, a refreshing and cleansing style. There is good length with excellent persistence. Now and for the next two to three years. 90.

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  3 wines  from  Howard Park Wines . In a tasting of  12 wines 

Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 2017 – Always one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of the year and this one certainly does not disappoint. Wonderful wine and a worthy addition to the long line of brilliant HoGs. Deep maroon in colour with intensity and balance, freshness and vitality. Enticingly fragrant with spices, red fruits, warm earth, dry herbs and more. After a day, there were darker notes, more of the warm earth tones, tobacco leaf characters and dark chocolate. Incredible length and balance, the silkiest of tannins with good complexity already evident. Good acidity supporting the wine right through. Everything is superbly balanced and integrated. Seamless and lingering, this will age and improve for decades. A superb wine. 98.

5m 9d ago

 Julia Harding MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Howard Park Wines . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Henschke Hill of Grace 2004 / 100% Shiraz grapes from pre-phylloxera material brought from Europe by the early settlers in the mid-1800s and grown in the Eden Valley wine region. Matured in 100% new French (50%) and American (50%) hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Slightly greyish but deep garnet. Intensely sweet dark cassis fruit plus some cedary leafy notes. Rich and smooth and really plush, generous and silky but also very moreish and juicy. pH 3.6, TA 5.7 g/l,

2y 10m ago

 Stuart Robinson, Wine Blogger (Australia)  tasted  2 wines  from  Howard Park Wines . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Howard Park Jeté Grand Vintage 2009 / The Burch family of Howard Park have released some sparklers before and from the looks of their website also some possible interests in Champagne. I've Natalie Burch to thank for a wee twitter conversation and for these samples that made there way across the threshold.

This Grand Vintage is produced from majority Chardonnay with a little Pinot in the mix - the fruit being drawn from vineyards in the Great Southern region. The wine is fermented in both tank and stainless steel, and being Méthode Traditionelle would see secondary fermentation in bottle.

Lively bead, fine mousse; a little autolysis derived character on the nose, fresh brioche and a little lemon butter. Fine aromas indeed, I was even picking up a little fresh sage too.

Entry shows a wine with delightful toastiness, lees derived depth - it spends 36 months on lees - and a mineral quality. Further, there's a little burnt butter, lemon rind and a delightful textural quality that reminds one of lime brulee.

Has the complexity that comes with age and time on lees, gives the wine depth and length of flavour. Excellent for the price I'd suggest. 92

3y 5m ago

 Jamie Goode, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Howard Park Wines . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Château Latour 1961 / 98 points / A great chance to try a legendary wine. This bottle came from Hugh Johnson’s cellar, and it’s the most expensive wine on sampling at £175 a pour. It is still amazingly youthful looking and has a taut, perfumed nose of herbs, blackcurrant and spice. The palate is actually youthful, with spicy mineral notes and good acidity under the blackcurranty fruit. Fine, elegant and structured, this wine has real precision and focus, and isn’t yet fully mature. A remarkable experience: if I’d tasted it blind I would have said with was from the 1980s or 1990s. 98/100

3y 9m ago

 Andrew Graham, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Howard Park Wines . In a tasting of  21 wines 

Wine shows cop a lot of flack. You need only read the feedback to my post on the 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show exhibitors tasting to see that. But is it justified? And indeed do the more progressive shows (like Sydney, Melbourne, some of the regional shows etc) deserve the negativity?


4y 22d ago

 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  4 wines  from  Howard Park Wines . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Terre a Terre ‘Summerton Vineyard’ Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 / From the Piccadilly region of the Adelaide Hills. It offers the immediate impression of a handful of strawberries. A lovely bowl full of fresh strawberries and cream. Delightful. Red fruited with summer garden notes. There is a slight, though still appealing, bitterness right on the finish, which ties things together nicely. A fresh, juicy, really likeable Pinot.

Score: 92/100

Best drinking: over the next four years.


4y 9m ago

 Thomas Girgensohn, Wine Blogger (Australia)  tasted  2 wines  from  Howard Park Wines . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Wynns John Riddoch Magnum 1996 / There is still a lot of the dense blackcurrant fruit in this 1996 Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a pity that Magnums are priced at a premium in this country, and as a result are not overly popular. The cork on this wine was in great condition and the wine at very high shoulder. Well stored, Magnums mature at a slower pace, and primary fruit can still be present at close to 20 years, while secondary characters are well developed.

This wine is dominated by its firm, dusty and dry tannins. The structure of this wine is still excellent, but it needs red meat to go with it. The tannins are actually very similar to an aged Barolo, and so is the colour of this wine. The mouthfeel is reasonable, but falls off at the finish a little bit.

This is a classic Coonawarra wine, holding up well, and still showing the terra rossa infused vibrant fruit.

Score: 93/+++

5y 6m ago

 Colin Gaetjens, Wine Merchant (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Howard Park Wines . In a tasting of  24 wines 

“The Best Australian Wine of the Decade 2000 -tasting Part I.
Penfolds Grange 2004 and Henschke's Mount Edelstone 2002 were the stars of the day.”

6y 4m ago

 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Howard Park Wines . In a tasting of  45 wines 

“My results from the Fine 'Best of Australia' competition (still to add the William Downie Pinot to the system). A fascinating event and huge thanks to Pekka for instigating it. Look for the full story in a forthcooming isssue of the magazine.”

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