Lionmill Vineyards

Set in the Darling Range east of Perth, Lion Mill Vineyards is planted with vines on land selected in the 1870s. Initially part of an important timber milling area, the region later became a centre of fruit growing and small farming. The Lion Mill cellar door looks out over the vineyards on this picturesque property.

Lion Mill Vineyards are located on the northern side of a gently sloping valley on Charlotte Brook. The soils are those typical of the Perth Hills Geographical Indication: loam, gravelly loam and lateritic gravels. The elevation – just under 300 metres, the cold winters with a higher than moderate chill factor and the warm dry summers provide conditions that are well suited to the production of quality fruit displaying regional characteristics.

From vines first planted in the late 1990s, the owners draw on the production of about 1.5 hectares of vineyard.

Overlooking the vineyard and the valley beyond, our Cellar Door offers visitors a delightful experience: one that is intimate, informative and relaxed.

Our staff are friendly, accommodating and easy to talk to, tailoring the wine tasting experience to suit the individual’s personal knowledge and understanding.

The peaceful and tranquil setting invites visitors to take their time and enjoy the pleasant surroundings and gracious service. The combined area under vines presently totals about 1.5 ha and most of the vines are now over 14 years of age. The vineyard has a number of red and white varieties: Zinfandel (also known as Primitivo), Durif (also known as Petit Syrah), Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Semillon and Orange Muscat. Some of these are only small areas and are primarily for blending purposes. For example, the Durif provides important tannic structure to Zinfandel and Petit Verdot is a more regionally suited variety for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon. Similarly, we will use fruit from a small block of Graciano for blending with the Tempranillo.

The vineyard is drip irrigated under a monitored programme based on climatic data, soil analyses and measured soil moisture levels. This regime was developed in conjunction with officers of the Swan Catchment Council under the Waterwise scheme.

Total grape production is currently about 8 tonnes.

We prune and harvest by hand and all canopy management is also done by hand. We undertake both shoot and fruit thinning in order to improve fruit quality.

Wines

Shiraz
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Merlot
Zinfandel.
Traditional mèthod Champonise
Semillon
Classic White
Rosè
Cane cut dessert Semillon.
Sparkling Shiraz
Vintage port

Contact Information

Lionmill Vineyards

700 Lion Street, Mt Helena
P: 9295 6537
E: lionmillvineyards@bigpond.com
W: www.lionmillvineyards.com

Lion Mill Vineyard is open:
Saturday, Sunday & public holidays
11am to 5 pm