Producer in Focus: 5 Minutes with Joanne Davies of Windows Estate, Margaret River


Perhaps one of the most down to earth wineries you’ll find. Windows Estate is home to Joanne and Chris Davies who share a passion for sustainability and regenerative farming. You see it in their wines, thoughtful and refined. And also, their care for the land, half of which is retained as bushland resulting in a habitat for insects, birds and wildlife.


Our June Producer in Focus in the bottle shop, we took five minutes for a quick catchup with Joanne. Book a table to try their wines by the glass or shop Windows Estate for Australia wide delivery or in-store pickup.

 

What’ve you been drinking lately?

With the cooler nights we’re pulling more reds from the cellar. Last night we had a 2012 Petit Lot Malbec with spiced slow cook lamb shanks, sitting by the fire listening to the rain.

Best wine to take to a party?

It depends on the party, but the Mousseux is a go-to. Who doesn’t love starting a party with some bubbles! For something a little left of centre I’d say the Semillon. It’s a variety not often seen on its own in WA but it’s a stunner. For the cooler months, it’d be one of our reds. All are basket pressed and produced by hand.

What’s happening on the property at the moment?

We’ve just finished a new vegetable garden which should feed our family year-round. Two new orchards have gone in too, one with Australian bushfoods which is exciting. We’ve just planted a couple of hundred more trees and shrubs, native species that flower after the marri trees to keep the bees happy. Chris has been in the vineyard looking after grafts from last year and in June will start pruning. It’ll keep him busy for a few months along with chopping wood for guests in the Petit Eco Cabin.

Best part of being a winemaker in Margaret River?

The lifestyle is unbeatable: surf, beautiful coastline and a rich ecosystem, there’s such an amazing community down here. We’re very fortunate to call it home.

Favourite spot or people to enjoy a wine with?

With friends, wine is for sharing, enjoying, and bringing people together. It might be drinks at the beach or around the firepit, dinner at friends, it’s the company that makes the occasion.



Favourite tunes during vintage?

Nirvana’s Nevermind CD is in the tractor during vintage.

Bottle you’re hanging out to open?

We collected a few Barolos in 2010 and still haven’t opened any. We’re getting close to losing willpower.

Favourite varietal?

That’s a hard one. We love trying indigenous varietals that we have never heard of from their country of origin, but if we had to pick a staple probably Cabernet Sauvignon, or Chenin, Chardonnay or Nebbiolo.

Other winemakers you’re keeping an eye on?

We love producers making wines true to their site and in a sustainable way. Frankland Estate are a favourite along with Burnside Organic Farm. Their Vermentino is one of our summer staples (when we’re quick enough to get some).

What are you really excited for right now?

The 2022 vintage was simply outstanding, the ferments are all finished and they’re looking amazing, so we’re really excited to see these wines in the future.

 

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