With his small inheritance, Tony Smith bought a farm called Bouverie in the Plantagenet Shire and literally planted the seeds of the Plantagenet future in 1968 – Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes bore the fruit of what would become some of the most highly awarded and sought after wines, both nationally and internationally. The fruit was picked in 1974 and the wines showed exciting potential, enough for Smith to convert a local apple packing shed into a winery and get to work making tight and lean Shiraz with typical regional spiciness and full-bodied cabernet. Embracing the conditions of the Great Southern’s cool climate, Smith went on to plant further varieties, including Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
From 1968, Plantagenet has always been family owned. From the pioneering spirit of Tony Smith establishing the first Great Southern vineyards to the current custodians of the Brand, The Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group, the oldest family business in Western Australia with a pioneering spirit of their own.
Managed by family member Tom Wisdom, our vision is to create wines of provenance and distinction that truly reflect the outstanding potential of the Great Southern wine region.