The first wines made at Old Kent River were Pinot Noir and a sparkling wine (Diamondtina) that was made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 

Rocky Gully Vineyard

The first Chardonnay was produced in 1992 and, by the 1994 vintage, both the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were receiving accolades from wine writers in both Western Australia and the eastern states.

The Family

Choice of Grape Varieties

When Debbie became pregnant in 1985 and decided to stay at home, she planted some Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to keep herself occupied. These plantings were also aimed at diversifying the activities on the property. Such a policy proved highly beneficial when the bottom dropped out of wool prices and sheep rearing thus became a far less profitable business.


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Cellar Door & Slow Food Café

For its Cellar Door Sales, Old Kent River rented a traditional old dance hall that is located on the South Coast Highway, half way between Denmark and Walpole and only 18km from the famous tree top walk. This cellar door offers travelers the opportunity to taste the full range of Old Kent River wines, including the limited release Burls Pinot Noir and Diamondtina Sparkling Wine.

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Mark's Marron Venture

When he was a child growing up in the country, Mark Noack became very interested in Marron, a freshwater crustacean that was endemic to south-western Australia. Thus, in 1985, he stocked one of his dams with this delicious “crayfish”.



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Premium Boutique Wines

The Old Kent River vineyards are located in the Great Southern wine region of Western Australia, where they receive the cooling influence of the Southern Ocean 50 km to the south.

The temperatures during the crucial growing period of the grapes are the coolest in the Frankland River wine region and only slightly greater than that of Burgundy. The soil on which the vines are planted consists of a light to medium silty loam, overlying a porous clay mixed with some rock. The excellent draining qualities of this soil, together with the cool climate of the region, are particularly well suited to that most difficult of grape varieties Pinot Noir. Not surprisingly, these climatic and soil characteristics are also ideal for Chardonnay the other and less fickle Burgundian grape variety. The wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which also include an excellent sparkling wine, have been responsible for rapidly establishing the name of Old Kent River as a producer of high quality wines.

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Old Kent River Winery - Producer  License Number 6180045955
Rocky Gully, Western Australia 6397


Warning:Under the Liquor Control Act 1988, it is an offence: to sell or supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years on licensed or regulated premises; or for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase, or attempt to purchase, liquor on licensed or regulated premises.