Sittella Winery and vineyard are located in the heart of the Swan Valley and only 30 minutes from Perth by car. The Swan Valley vineyards thrive in the fertile soils and a Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and mild wet winters, producing a range of rich, full flavoured wines.
Over the past two decades, the Margaret River area has become world renowned for the production of some of Australia’s finest premium wines. Sittella sources fruit from Wildberry Springs and its own Margaret River Vineyard. Furthermore also from the Frankland River area in the deep south.
Margaret River’s temperate maritime climate, with its generous winter rainfall, subdued summer temperatures and frost-free spring, provides the ideal growing conditions for the production of outstanding premium varietal wine styles. Vines are grown on undulating land in some of the best soils in the area – red/brown, well-drained gravelly loams.
Extensive vineyard redevelopment under the guiding hand of company Vineyard Managers has resulted in significantly improved yields and quality. Over the past five years, production along with quality has increased dramatically with an actual crush of over 100 tonnes since 2008.
Located in the Swan Valley, on a stretch of fertile land 20 km north-east of Perth. In this upper river district, with the Darling Ranges to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west, the warm Mediterranean style climate provides steady winter rainfall and hot, dry summers which produce grapes of wonderful flavour, richness, balance and style. The water supply is a trickle system using bore water. Verdelho, Chardonnay, Shiraz, vines grow over a 5 hectare allotment on rich alluvial sandy loam soils (3 hectares under vine). Recent plantings also include Tempranillo, and Petit Verdot.
Margaret River Estate
Located at Willyabrup, 260 kms south west of Perth. The region’s temperate southern climate has been likened to Bordeaux with its generous winter rainfall, freedom from spring frosts and subdued summer temperatures – the ideal growing conditions for international wine styles. With 2.5 hectares of undulating land and soils are amongst the best in the area. Comprised of red brown loam with some gravel that ensures good natural drainage.
Sittella has planted Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. It has recently planted Malbec to develop a classic red Blend.
Senior Winemaker - Yuri Berns
Yuri started his career off at Sittella as a trainee in winemaking in 2004. He worked vintages at Clos Pegase Wines in the Napa Valley/California, at Howard Park in Margaret River. Yuri Berns commenced Curtain University in 2009, graduating in oenology and viticulture in 2011. In 2010 Yuri won the “Vin du Champagne award” at CIVC as a Student for which he was invited to Champagne, where he was a guest for 2 weeks. In 2013 Yuri went back to Champagne to work for the House of Champagne Geoffroy for more vintage experience. In 2011 he won the Talijancich-Leeuwin Award at Curtin University, for Aptitude in the Australian Wine Industry and has also completed the coveted AWAC wine course in Adelaide in 2015. Yuri has a keen interest and passion for making and producing sparkling wines of fruit purity combined with subtle complexity.