WORLD-STANDARD WINES THROUGH NATURAL FARMING AND SUSTAINIBILITY
Over the last twenty-two years, Julie and Phil Hutton have tended and nurtured the vineyard with dedication. The couple has followed the principles of biodynamic farming for the last seven years believing in its positive influence and important philosophy. They aim to make wines with elegance, depth and complexity, understating the oak, creating a balance that allows the true characters of the variety to shine.
When the work is done, life is about cherishing the moments.
WE BELIEVE IN THE WONDERFUL SYNERGY OF THE ELEMENTS
Our vines grow in the alluvial soils of the river flats, closely guarded from frosts by the tall Marri trees and River gums.
Like many within Geographe, the vineyard benefits from the influence of the cooling afternoon sea breeze during the growing season, resulting in excellent flavour development, structure and silky ripe tannins.
Windfall Estate is much more than a business, it is our home. This is where our history started, where we raised our family and where the legacy continues.
Daniel Montague (“Monty”) Scott and his wife Annie purchases the property that is then known as “Toledo.”1883
An immigrant from Wales named Ivor Williams, self-made from working in the Coal mines of Collie, purchases Toledo.1949
Ivor suddenly passes at age 60 and though much of Toledo is sold to pay off death duties; Ivor’s two sons Austin and Bernard inherit the remainder of the original property.1960
Bernard (“Bernie”) Williams’ daughter Julie and her new husband Phil Hutton move to the property. Despite being the only tenants, the couple works hard to repair and restore derelict buildings and neglected pastures.1978
Julie and Phil purchase a portion of the property, the River Block, that they are delighted to finally call home.1992
Following a win in lotto, the Huttons plant Windfall Vineyard on the banks of the Preston River. Julie says, “We’re probably the only people around who managed to turn a windfall into a way to work harder!”1996
After studying viticulture and being a producer for seven years, Julie and Phil produce their first vintage, well-received by their friends and family.2003
Julie completes her degree in Wine Marketing while producing small batch vintages. Their 2005 Merlot wins a silver medal at their regional wine show later that year.2005
The Cellar Door opens under the name Bonking Frog, named for a particularly noisy frog that was native to the property.2007
Bonking Frog creates their first Environmental Commitment Statement after being introduced to the Best Farms Environmental Management Program, their first step into creating a sustainable vineyard.2008
Julie and Phil's grandson is born, making for the fifth generation in the Windfall family.2010
Bonking Frog is selected to be part of a government-funded study aimed at comparing the results of biodynamic farming against modern methods, introducing Julie and Phil to the formal principles of biodynamics.2011
Bonking Frog undergoes a brand overhaul to a more modern Windfall Wine Estate.2017
Windfall Wine Estate receives its export license, becoming available through distribution in Mauritius and China.2018