Forest Hill Vineyard has a unique place in the history of Western Australia’s wine industry, being the first cool climate vineyard planted in the state. Following extensive research throughout the South-West, a site was chosen on the property owned by Tony and Betty Pearce and in 1965 a two hectare vineyard was planted.
50 years on Forest Hill is family owned and run. The wines are crafted in our winery in Denmark with the grapes sourced from the old, dry grown, Forest Hill Vineyard in Mount Barker. Our wines reflect the site, the season and the people that nurture them.
Our family has established roots in the Great Southern, beginning in the West Tambellup region. Since this time we have had family farming grain, sheep and specialist crops in the South-West.
We first purchased a farming property in the Mount Barker region in the early 1990’s, and then acquired the Forest Hill property, which was next door, in 1996. We have a passion for the region, it’s climate and the wines, and recognise Forest Hill as a unique and historic property. The philosophy of dry-farming the vineyards was an original character which we have continued and believe in. We see ourselves as custodians of Forest Hill and it’s old vines and have focussed on re-habilitation of the creek-lines and other areas to rejuvenate the property to its historical condition, planting large numbers of native trees on the property.
After studying Viticulture & Oenology at Curtin University, Liam has built vast experience in cellars around the world, including South Africa, France, California, New Zealand and Australia. Joining Forest Hill in 2008, Liam is a firm believer in the balance and fruit quality seen from dry grown vineyards, combined with a great passion for the subtleties of cooler climate winemaking.
Igniting his interest while working at Forest Hill Vineyard during his school holidays, Guy moved interstate to study a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) at the University of Adelaide. With a diverse background, and experience in Australia, France and Germany, Guy now works within all aspects of Forest Hill. An advocate of managing the vineyard to produce wines that reflect and respect the site as well as its history.
Ross has extensive experience looking after vines in the Great Southern region with further time spent running farming operations in Western Australia. Understanding both aspects of farming gives Ross a unique perspective on ensuring both soil and vine health in the best and the most challenging vintages.