Our Story

Since 1968, Plantagenet has always been family-owned. From the pioneering spirit of Tony Smith establishing the first Great Southern vineyards to 'Lionel Samson Sadleir's Group', the oldest family business in Western Australia with a pioneering spirit all of their own.

And now held by a 6th generation descendant of Lionel Samson, Tom Wisdom, and his wife Jo, passionate about retaining the brand within the Samson family and building on this legacy. The vision is to create wines of provenance and distinction that genuinely reflect the outstanding potential of the Great Southern wine region.
With his small inheritance, Tony Smith bought a farm called Bouverie in the Plantagenet Shire (named after his mother's maiden name) and planted the seeds of the Plantagenet future in 1968 – Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes bore the fruit of what would become some of the most highly awarded and sought-after wines, both nationally and internationally. The fruit was picked in 1974, and the wines showed exciting potential, enough for Smith to convert a local apple packing shed into a winery and get to work making tight and lean Shiraz with typical regional spiciness and full-bodied cabernet. Embracing the conditions of the Great Southern’s cool climate, Smith planted further varieties, including Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Tony sadly passed away in November 2021, yet his legacy lives on in the vineyards and Great Southern Region he called home. A true gentleman and pioneer of the Western Australian wine industry.
Tom Wisdom, former Director of Western Australia’s oldest family business, Lionel Samson Sadleir's Group, led Plantagenet Wines as the Managing Director for three years under their ownership.

With extensive backgrounds in viticulture and decades of experience in the wine industry, both Tom & Jo are passionate about retaining the Plantagenet brand within the Samson family and building on the legacy of the uniquely West Australian brand.

‘Having been part of the wine industry and Plantagenet journey for many years now, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to take the reins and guide this historic brand into the future.