Capel Vale was the first winery in Western Australia to own and establish vineyards in the cool climate regions of Margaret River, Mount Barker and Geographe. As a result, Capel Vale now produces wines of definitive regional flavour and varietal expression with a focus on balance, complexity and elegant fruit flavours.
As pioneers within the Western Australia wine industry, Capel Vale wears its feather with pride as the first family owned winery to identify and refine the viticultural potential in the outstanding cool climate regions of Geographe, Mount Barker and Margaret River in Western Australia.
While suiting a variety of tastes, these individual wines reflect a winemaking philosophy of wines with balance, complexity and elegant fruit flavours that gives rise to wines demonstrating distinctive regional essence of these finest 3 cool climate wine regions.
From the company’s creation in 1974 by Dr Peter and Elizabeth Pratten, to handing of the torch over to son Simon Pratten in the mid 2000’s, Capel Vale has always been one of the leading family-owned and managed wineries.
A winemaking philosophy of wines with balance, complexity & elegant fruit flavours.
Our rich history is littered with significant achievements a list of which can be found here. In 1986, Peter Pratten as winemaker produced a Capel Vale Riesling which was named Australian National Dry White Champion. An historic moment in the history of not only Capel Vale but also of Riesling in Australia.
We are extremely fortunate that Peter’s foresight has resulted in outstanding mature vineyards in pristine, beautiful locations that are widely regarded amongst the finest wine grape growing regions in the world.