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Plantagenet (n.)

  1. English royal house which reigned from 1154 to 1399 (Henry 2nd to Richard 2nd), the name coming from the nickname of Henry’s father, Geoffrey, Count of Anjou, who habitually wore a sprig of broom – L. planta genista.
  2. Rural shire, or region, surrounding the town of Mount Barker, just north of the port of Albany in the south west of Western Australia. Like many local landmarks, it was named by early English settlers who favoured royalist titles.


1968 – Tony Smith planted trial vineyards of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon on his Bouverie property in Denbarker.
1971 – Further plantings, including Riesling, carried out in the Wyjup vineyard.
1974 - Plantagenet Wines produced it’s first vintage and the iconic three lions brand was registered.
1975 - An apple packing shed in Mount Barker was purchased and converted into the region’s first winery and cellar door.
1975 – David McNamara employed as Plantagenet’s (and the regions) first winemaker.
1976 & 1977 - Plantagenet Shiraz and Cabernet win first show Gold medals, respectively.
1979 – Rob Bowen (the first qualified Oenologist in WA) employed as Plantagenet’s second Winemaker.
1980 – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties added to the Bouverie vineyard. 
1988 – John Wade became Plantagenet’s third winemaker and Gavin Berry joined the team as assistant winemaker.
1988 & 1989 - Vineyard expansion continued with the establishment of the aptly named Rocky Horror vineyards (due to massive sub-surface rocks).
1992 – Lionel Samson & Son purchased a one-third share in Plantagenet Wines.
1994 – Gavin Berry took over as Chief Winemaker.
1996 – Lionel Samson & Son purchased a second share in the winery.
1999 – The fifth vineyard named Rosetta was established, west of Mount Barker.
2000 -  Plantagenet Wines was fully purchased by shareholders Lionel Samson and Son.  Tony Smith remained as Chairman.
2004 - Plantagenet Wines celebrated its 30th anniversary.
2005 – Richard Robson became the fifth Plantagenet winemaker.
2006 – Sangiovese planted at the Bouverie vineyard.
2007 – John Durham began as winemaker just prior to vintage.
2009 - Lionel Samson and Son celebrated its 180th anniversary. Jordan Ellis began as vineyard manager.
2012 – Cath Oates returned to her home state of Western Australia and became Plantagenet’s seventh winemaker.
2013 - Plantagenet Wines harvested grapes for its 40th vintage.
2015 - Cath Oates returns to her old stomping ground of Margaret River to pursue her own project and assistant winemaker Luke Eckersley takes the helm as Plantagenet's Senior Winemaker.