THE JOURNEY SO FAR
“Settled in his barrow, the Settler takes time to ponder the past, but most importantly, make plans for the future.”
Like many Europeans, Giuseppe Sorgiovanni (Joe) travelled from his small village of Caulonia in Calabria Italy in 1928 to start a new life in Western Australia. Joe settled on a small farm on Third Street, Harvey, where he toiled the fertile soil of the Harvey River flat lands known as a prime horticulture region. His large plantation of orange trees led to the development of Harvey Fresh, a local producer of fruit juices and dairy products.
In November 1999, inspired by Giuseppe’s love of wine and with the enormous growth of viticulture in the region, Giuseppe’s son Kevin Sorgiovanni developed Harvey River Estate, ready for the first 2000 vintage.
Our winemaker Stuart Pierce has been with Harvey River Estate since 2005 and during this time has finessed the range and firmly stamped his own winemaking style on the wines.
Working closely with the local growers, Stuart is very hands on in the vineyard and winery ensuring varietal expressive wines, typical of the region.
Stuart draws his knowledge from vintages in France and South Africa as well as his time as Assistant winemaker for Grosset in the Clare Valley.
Stuart has received an array of accolades for his wines including the prestigious Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy in 2010.
OUR UNIQUELY LOCATED VINEYARD
Harvey is a part of the Geographe wine region which is quickly earning a reputation for producing premium, award winning wines.
The Geographe region starts in Harvey in the north, reaches down to Busselton in the South and over to Donnybrook in the East. Geographe is known for its Mediterranean climate with maritime influences. It is the cooling afternoon sea breezes that bring long ripening periods and consistently premium growing conditions to the region.
The town of Harvey is situated on the Harvey River and is home to a number of farming and agricultural industries including a successful dairy and prime beef industry, numerous citrus orchards and viticulture.