Margaret River Western Australia
The Credaro family are a pioneering family to the region, first settling in Margaret River in 1922 after migrating from Northern Italy. Initially involved in farming and the timber industry, small plots of vines were planted to provide the family with table wine.
The Credaro family have a distinguished heritage in Western Australia as a pioneering family who settled in northern Margaret River in 1922. The family had humble beginnings within the agriculture and timber industries, building bridges for the first railways and major roads in the region.
Cesar Credaro left Northern Italy for a new start in 1921 and met his brother Olympio at Fremantle Port after a three month voyage. They then made their way to an area north of the Margaret River township called Carbunup.
Cesare Credaro was the first generation of the family to reside in the area of Margaret River, working in the one of the first vineyards in the region.
Though it no longer exists today, it was a five acre vineyard that was established around 1915, near Commonage Road. He would work on this property whenever possible, between his farming and timber interests.
Cesare Credaro worked at the Meleri vineyard in Yallinup in the 1920s and 30s. Cesare, with the help of the family, took some cuttings from the Yallingup vineyard where he worked and planted an acre of the Italian Red Variety Fragola at Carbunup.
The family would make a parcel of wine every year for themselves and the neighbouring families. The Fragola has now evolved from site to site with each generation of the family over the years.
The family has been commercially involved in the wine industry since the 80’s, when their first plantings began supplying other established Margaret River wineries. Today the family manages 140 hectares of vines over seven separate vineyards across Margaret River, in the regions of Wilyabrup, Carbunup, Treeton, Yallingup and Wallcliffe. The Credaro family produce all of their own wines, in their 1200-tonne winery in Northern Margaret River, which was built in 2003.
WOOLSTON VINEYARD - 42 HECTARES The original vineyard site in Carbunup, Woolston Vineyard was purchased from the government as crown land and then cleared by the family in the 20's, 30's and 40's. The first plantings commenced in 1988, with a 4 hectare Cabernet Sauvignon block planting. Over the next decade the Credaro Family established themselves as key growers to several established Margaret River brands, growing the Woolston Vineyard to 42 hectares. This vineyard is home to our flagship Shiraz Block 901 and our oldest Cabernet and Chardonnay vines.
CARBUNUP VINEYARD - 37 HECTARES In 1999 the family purchased the Carbunup River Vineyard north of the Woolston property. This property has an abundance of water with the Carbunup River running through the property and a large underground water license. This vineyard has a unique north facing slope overlooking the flats of the Abba Plaines to the Geographe Bay. This is also where the winery was built in 2003. This vineyard consists of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon Block 984 which was established in 1998.
SUMMUS VINEYARD - 18 HECTARES In 2011 the family bought a sought after vineyard in the heart of the Wilyabrup sub-region. It’s situated in a valley system 5km from the coastline with a north facing slope ideal for producing Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay and Shiraz. There is currently a 13 hectare vineyard on this property which was established in 1987. The Credaro family are currently establishing a new, 5 hectare, high density vineyard that consists of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The density of the vineyard is 6,667 vines per hectare, with vine spacing’s of 1 metre by 1.5 metres. The family have planted three clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, including the Houghton Select Clone, and also two new clones out of France, Clone 337 and 191. The family have also planted the Merlot 181 clone, with the first crops expected from the Cabernet and Merlot blocks in the 2016 and 2017 vintages.
YALLINGUP VINEYARD - 8 HECTARES The Yallingup vineyard consists of 8 hectares of vineyard and is home to the Credaro cellar door. The property has a panoramic outlook over the Wildwood Valley from the cellar door, with a steep south facing slope and a large dam at the base of the valley. The vineyard was planted in the early 90's on rich loam and gravelly soils producing high quality Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot and Malbec.