A brief inside into the Garbin family, how we came about and where we are now in today's world.
Duje Garbin, (would have been 100yrs old May 2009-but passed away May 2008), learnt his winemaking in between fishing on a small island in the Adriatic Sea, just off the Dalmatian coast. It was basic stuff, but ideally suited to the family needs. As a migrant to Western Australia in 1937, he was soon to continue his craft, after a stint working on his brother’s Spearwood market garden. Money saved, he purchased a property at Millendon in the Swan Valley, and then moving to Middle Swan in 1956. The Garbin business was built up on bulk wine, some 2000-3000 gallons a year, delivered around the suburbs or purchased by customers visiting the property. It was traditional winemaking and marketing for the times, catering mainly for a keen southern European demand, like other small Swan Valley producers. When Duje retired, Garbin Estate Wines, (GEW) was abley taken over by his son, Peter. Peter promptly set about making his mark on the family business and GEW has now changed irrevocably. Over the last 20 years, GEW has undergone a massive transition including a new cellar door and processing area, upgraded major plant and equipment and established a vineyard in Gingin, 90 minutes from Perth CBD. Also, a contract methode traditionelle disgorging service has been added to Garbin Estate Wines. Peter is full-time winemaker/vigneron backed up by wife Katrina and two sons, Joel and Adam.
As a tribute to his father’s early endeavours, Duje Garbin is currently featured on GEW’s premium wine label range.
GEW is located in the historic Swan Valley in the Swan District Region of the Greater Perth Zone. It has easy access to Perth CBD and Perth domestic and international airports.
The Swan Valley and Gingin viticultural regions certainly average the highest number of sunlight hours in Australia. Therefore consistent growing conditions, good fruit ripeness and early vintages are easily achieved.
The Swan Valley vineyard has sand over clay and includes premium red varieties of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a white Chenin Blanc. All of which are well suited to growing in the Swan Valley. The vines are between 20 and 60 years old.
The Gingin vineyard has been planted to premium varieties of reds - Shiraz and Sangiovese and whites - Verdelho, Chardonnay and Semillon. Soil conditions of rich, red gravelly loam and cooler night temperatures as compared to the Swan Valley vineyard is now seeing an added dimension to the quality of GEW’s premium wine range.
Each year, GEW’s production capacity is increasing and each successive year GEW is accumulating wine awards and in particular from the Swan Valley Regional Wine Show. Over the past 15 years GEW has developed an eclectic corporate client list along with a loyal cellar door client database, wine clubs, retail and some exclusive restaurants. Currently, much of Garbin Estate’s premium production is being exported to China.
GEW crushes up to 50 -75 tonnes annually for its own label. Backed by a winemaking team, GEW is consistently producing award winning premium white and red wines, white and red fortifieds, and methode traditionelle - Chardonnay, Semillon, Chenin Blanc and Shiraz. In 2008, Garbin Estate established its own methode traditionelle disgorging service allowing the winery to specialise in this area and to increase existing sparkling production with additional French clone Chardonnay plantings in the Gingin vineyard.
Peter Garbin and wife, Katrina, have a philosophy of hands-on premium winemaking with personal service. Currently, Garbin Estate is specialising in methode traditionelle and with increasing production, exporting to China and refurbishment of the Cellar Door - so, considering all of the above, the future looks bright!