In 1922 The Baskerville area of the Swan Valley was subdivided for viticulture and the first vines were planted in 1923.
Duncan's ancestors were an entrepreneurial lot, with one Francois Girard, owning the Sydney Hotel (1828) and another, Michael Hayes, operating one of the first illegal distilleries in Australia in 1805. His brother Patrick was a rectification distiller in Dublin.
So you can say that distilling has been in the family for over 200 years. Duncan grew up in Tasmania's Tamar Valley, and came to Perth in the 1990s, eventually buying the property at Baskerville in 1998. While working full-time as an engineer, he spent every spare moment working to establish his dream of an organic vineyard and facilities at the Baskerville property. The cellar door opened in the year 2000. Scroll down for more.
Tasting fees were introduced in 2002 with the new purpose built cellar door.
For those who would like to "do lunch" with my organic wines, we recommend the Swan Valley Gourmet Farm Cafe .