Copyright © Smallwater Estate 2015

About Us

Smallwater Estate was purchased in 1993 and planted in the same year. The intention was to develop a Marron farm and Vineyard supplying contract grapes. Most of the grapes were supplied to Cape Mentelle until 2005 when we decided to make wine under our own Smallwater Estate label. Our first vintage (a Zinfandel) was in 2006, from 250 initial cases, our production has grown to 2,500 cases of which 70% is red wine. In 2011, we opened our Cellar Door & Restaurant using Marron from our own dams & local produce to produce a menu that complements our wine. Today the cellar door is open every weekend for wine tasting and lunch.
“Wine is bottled poetry.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Owner

John Small

Although John started his career in the automotive industry, his dream was always to start a Marron farm. To supplement the income from this he and his late wife Robyn planted the first vines   operating as a contract grower. Realising the high quality of the grapes they were growing they soon decided to concentrate on their own label - Smallwater Estate. Today Marron from the dams supplies the Cellar Door while John’s award wining wines continue to draw accolades from wine lovers everywhere.

The Cellar Door

Smallwater Estate

The Smallwater Estate Cellar Door provides the perfect location for every type of event from corporate or club function to wedding reception or anniversary meals. With a great menu featuring our own Marron and fresh local produce, you will find something to suit every taste. If you can’t find the time for a meal, enjoy a wine tasting with John & discover why Smallwater Estate win so many local, national & international awards.

Vineyard

Award Winning Wines

Our wines are made from the finest grapes grown without the use of pesticides. The area of Geographe in Western Australia has a perfect Mediterranean climates in which to grow grapes. With abundant pure water and long sunny days we are able to produce award winning wines that you will come to love. .

Marron

Marron are the largest freshwater crayfish in Western Australia – and the third largest in the world. They are endemic to south-west WA and fishing for them has long been a WA tradition. Marron belong to the genus Cherax within the Parastacidae family. They are decapod crustaceans, which means they have 10 legs. These include large claws for grasping food, fighting and moving. The next pair of legs consists of two small pincers for picking up food particles and stuffing them in their mouths. Marron can grow to more than 380 mm in total length. They range in colour from jet-black to brown or even striped, red and cobalt-blue, a rare natural version now farmed for aquariums. Extract from the Department of Fisheries website: www.fish.wa.gov.au/species/marron 
Smallwater Estate has its own Marron Farm producing fresh Marron for our own Cellar Door Restaurant. Marron are often described as having a sweeter taste than lobster with a nutty subtle flavour and fine grain. You will find a range of Marron dishes to try on our Cellar Door Restaurant menu, matched with our award winning wines, they make the perfect lunchtime treat.

Bookings: +61 (0)8 9731 6036

© Smallwater Estate 2015

About Us

Smallwater Estate was purchased in 1993 and planted in the same year. The intention was to develop a Marron farm and Vineyard supplying contract grapes. Most of the grapes were supplied to Cape Mentelle until 2005 when we decided to make wine under our own Smallwater Estate label. Our first vintage (a Zinfandel) was in 2006, from 250 initial cases, our production has grown to 2,500 cases of which 70% is red wine. In 2011, we opened our Cellar Door & Restaurant using Marron from our own dams & local produce to produce a menu that complements our wine. Today the cellar door is open every weekend for wine tasting and lunch.
“Wine is bottled poetry.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Owner

John Small

Although John started his career in the automotive industry, his dream was always to start a Marron farm. To supplement the income from this he and his late wife Robyn planted the first vines   operating as a contract grower. Realising the high quality of the grapes they were growing they soon decided to concentrate on their own label - Smallwater Estate. Today Marron from the dams supplies the Cellar Door while John’s award wining wines continue to draw accolades from wine lovers everywhere.

The Cellar Door

Smallwater Estate

The Smallwater Estate Cellar Door provides the perfect location for every type of event from corporate or club function to wedding reception or anniversary meals. With a great menu featuring our own Marron  and fresh local produce, you will find something to suit every taste. If you can’t find the time for a meal, enjoy a wine tasting with John & discover why Smallwater Estate win so many local, national & international awards.

Vineyard

Award Winning Wines

Our wines are made from the finest grapes grown without the use of pesticides. The area of Geographe in Western Australia has a perfect Mediterranean climates in which to grow grapes. With abundant pure water and long sunny days we are able to produce award winning wines that you will come to love. .

Marron

Marron are the largest freshwater crayfish in Western Australia – and the third largest in the world. They are endemic to south-west WA and fishing for them has long been a WA tradition. Marron belong to the genus Cherax within the Parastacidae family. They are decapod crustaceans, which means they have 10 legs. These include large claws for grasping food, fighting and moving. The next pair of legs consists of two small pincers for picking up food particles and stuffing them in their mouths. Marron can grow to more than 380 mm in total length. They range in colour from jet-black to brown or even striped, red and cobalt-blue, a rare natural version now farmed for aquariums. Extract from the Department of Fisheries website: www.fish.wa.gov.au/species/marron 
Smallwater Estate has its own Marron Farm producing fresh Marron for our own Cellar Door Restaurant. Marron are often described as having a sweeter taste than lobster with a nutty subtle flavour and fine grain. You will find a range of Marron dishes to try on our Cellar Door Restaurant  menu, matched with our award winning wines, they make the perfect lunchtime treat.

Bookings: +61 (0)8 9731 6036