Swinney Vineyards is a family winegrowing concern located in the Frankland River region of the Great Southern in Western Australia. The vineyards are part of remote and isolated 2,500 (approx. 6,000 acres) hectare grape growing and grazing property which has been the home of the Swinney family for four generations.
George John Alexander Swinney was a pioneer of the Frankland River Region and settled at 'Franklands' in 1922. The 'Franklands' property is located on the banks of the Frankland River. The country is hilly and undulating and is dominated by jarrah and redgum trees growing upon ironstone gravel and loam soils.
This long farming history, coupled with a passion for understanding the complex relationship between soil, topography and other key aspects of the local environment and the production of wine grapes has been translated into a unique insight for vineyard site selection and wine grape production.
While the varieties grown are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, the Vineyards also contain Grenache, Tempranillo and Mourvedre bush vines. Low-yielding and growing naturally without trellising, bush vines are a rarity in Western Australia and exemplify the Swinney's long term commitment to producing wines that are a true expression of their unique sites and variety and in as natural and unforced manner as possible.