By using traditional methods in our vineyard and low intervention winemaking techniques we aim to make expressive styles that are fun, youthful and different to the mainstream.
Our winemaking relies on the intangible senses of inspiration, intuition and innovation. By using these we seek out a more informed expression of who we are whilst respecting the purity of our natural ingredients.
Story – It’s all in the Family
A thriving social and energetic family life inspired partners Ryan Walsh & Freya Hohnen to create a wine brand that intermingles with their family.
Though they chose the name Walsh & Sons – it’s probably more accurate to say Walsh & Family. Their core wines are named after nieces and nephews who’ve all been a part of the journey.
Established in 2014, the trailblazing spirit is engrained in Walsh & Sons. Ryan’s and Freya’s families have been wine farming in Margaret River for decades. The Hohnen’s settled in Margaret River in 1972 to make wine, the Walsh’s in 1993. Add to this, Walsh family ancestors were crafting award winning wines in Melbourne in the 1860s.
Walsh & Sons is run by a small but dedicated team. Ryan and Freya oversee both vineyard and winemaking. Our vineyards are also tended by Ryan’s ol’ man, Barry. Dave Targett is sales and marketing, taking care of customers, trade and wine club.
made in margaret river
Climate: Mediterranean climate with strong maritime influences Soils: Ancient (world's oldest) typically well-drained, gravelly loam on clay Annual Rainfall: ~1190mm
One of the great wine regions of the world, Margaret River has a unique climate. Often likened to Bordeaux, but with the influence of the sea, its temperatures are buffered by the Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean and Geographe Bay.
In summer, there is little rainfall with a maximum temperature averaging 30°C. Hot days are cooled by afternoon sea breezes leading to mild evening temperatures around 15°C. Most of the rainfall occurs in the winter with mild temperatures averaging 17°C . Winter evenings are mild and average above 8°C. Frosts are a rarity and the humidity levels during the growing period are ideal.
Coordinates: 33°56'55.6"S 115°00'43.8"E Distance to Indian Ocean: ~1.7km Elevation: 13-53m Soil: Micaceous on clay Farming Method: Organic/Biodynamic Conversion Established: 1981 Area Under Vine: 5ha Varieties: Chardonnay (4ha), Grenache (1ha)
An iconic site, this vineyard is in biodynamic conversion, a return to a simpler way of farming working with natural products resulting in enhanced soil health, biodiversity and wine quality.
The Chardonnay rows are on a steep northerly aspect with rows running in a north-west, south- east orientation.
Coordinates: 33°53'40.9"S 115°12'38.8"E Distance to Indian Ocean: ~20km Elevation: 120m Soil: Sandy loam on clay Farming Method: Organic/Biodynamic Conversion Established: 1995 Area Under Vine: 8.1ha Varieties: Cabernet (2.8ha), Shiraz (2.6ha), Semillon (2.7ha)
A family run vineyard located in the east of Margaret River with cooler nights being slightly further inland. It borders the coal seam that runs from Dunsborough to Augusta making the soils slighter in structure but higher in aromatics particularly sulphides. Ryan planted Syrah with his ol’ man and just a post hole digger during Spring school break 1995. Ryan’s younger brother, Al, helped with Cabernet in his final school year 1998.
The rows run north-south on a slight north east facing slope. We treat the vineyard like a vege patch and top it up with heavy compost in the Autumn with the sheep snapping the odd wire as they browse thorough in the winter months.