History of Entopia
The name of the winery is Entopia which is a town planning word meaning “achievable good thing” and was created by the Greek planner, Constantinos Doxiadis, to describe his vision for the post war reconstruction of Greece. He also liked wine!
When Brian and Heather purchased the property in October 1998, it was a fairly run-down horse property with no vines, several old sheds, lots of tyres, wire fences and weeds. They set about clearing the area, and in 2000, planted approximately 1800 Shiraz vines. In 2001, they planted 500 Chardonnay and 1200 Cabernet Sauvignon, totalling over 3,500 vines that are producing about 15 tonnes of grapes at vintage. The first vintage was Shiraz in 2003. Followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in 2004 and in 2006 a Rosé was made from early picked Shiraz and a Port from late picked Shiraz.
The 2011 Rosé is made from Cabernet Sauvignon as is the darker, sweeter 2010 Ruby Rose. We have created a unique wine in the Golden Georgia, made in 2010, it is a blend of Chardonnay and Verdelho. In 2011 we introduced a white port (dessert wine) made from a blend of Verdelho and Chardonnay which we call Dynamic Dylan. To expand our range, in mid 2013 we began producing a limited run sparkling Shiraz.
Grapes are handpicked for processing by Brian and Heather and partly by contractors. The Chardonnay and Verdelho are first, then the Cabernet Sauvignon and finally the Shiraz. The picking is usually completed by late February, but depends on the weather which controls sugar content.
The Chardonnay, Golden Georgia, Rosé and Ruby Rosé are bottled about 4 months after vintage (picking), and the reds after at least a year. The Cabernet is aged for a further year in oak barrels before bottling. Wine is then stored at a constant 18ºC in an insulated cellar on the property.
The property is 4 hectares in area and has frontage to the Swan River. The land has been variously used for table grapes, orchard and as a horse property. The “tree” logo depicts the old apricot tree at the turn in the driveway. This tree could be 60 years old and has an interesting corkscrew twist in the trunk, but is still highly productive.
The Entopia brand “apricot tree” logo was designed by local artist Tony Battistessa.
Brian and Heather have now modified their planting to double the number of Chardonnay vines and to introduce Verdelho vines. These varieties were grafted onto heavily pruned Shiraz vines in late October 2007. Our 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon won a Bronze Medal at the 2008 Swan Valley Wine Show.
Visitors are welcome to bring their picnic baskets and use the lawn or covered veranda with the purchase of Entopia wine. The large verandah which overlooks the vineyard down to the Swan River can be available for daytime functions for up to 40 people, or for an intimate picnic for two, but requires booking in advance. By special arrangement we can organize fruit and/or cheese platters.