Our Story

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.
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.
Lionel Samson & Son had long had an association with Plantagenet Wines through their general import and liquor distribution business, first established in 1829 in Fremantle.

From 1992, Lionel Samson & Son progressively acquired Plantagenet shareholding until full ownership in 2000. The first item of business was to retain Tony Smith as Chairman of the company.
Since 2000, further investments have been made in the development of the Rosetta vineyard and improvements to the Winery.

Lionel Samson & Son has now become the Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group containing diverse business interests from logistics to packaging, still 100% family owned, and the days of liquor distribution are gone. The family involvement with Plantagenet however remains strong and new vintages and product releases are eagerly anticipated and celebrated.