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A brief history

Howard Park is a pioneering family-owned winery specialising in the premier regions of Margaret River and the Great Southern - with an enduring passion and commitment to quality, and a love for crafting wines that are expressive of their terroir.

Since 1986, the viticultural team has grown an intimate, exhaustive knowledge of vineyards in these areas, culminating in the careful acquisition and development of four properties: Leston and Allingham in Margaret River, and Mount Barrow and Abercrombie in the Great Southern. Each site has a unique focus and personality, but the overarching theme is control – tailoring each rootling or bud to suit, and keeping the fruit, the handling, and the expertise in-house.

Set on 138 hectares of vines and native bushland, less than 5 minutes from the town of Cowaramup, Leston is now home to all winery operations, including the architecturally-acclaimed cellar door where we welcome visitors and offer tastings of interest and depth that embrace Howard Park’s heritage and provenance: the vision of one family, two generations, two wine regions and four vineyards. Positioned on the highest point of our Leston vineyard, the award-winning structure adheres to Feng Shui design and orientation principles, with a careful balance of natural materials, including native timber, concrete and steel. In its design, the Burch family wanted to create a modern building designed to grow old – a concept synonymous with crafting age-worthy wines.

It is also home to Howard Park’s original rootling nursery, used by the viticultural team to diversify clones and varieties for future plantings, and to propagate from tried and true vine stock. The nursery currently produces up to 40,000 rootlings per year and is planted with Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir clones from Burgundy.

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Established in 1986

543 Miamup Road
Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia


Meet The Team

  • Nic Bowen

    Born in the Great Southern region of Western Australia to a wine making family, Nic’s career spans a vast array of roles at many wineries around the world. Nic followed his passion from Australia to France, working vintages in Bordeaux and the South of before returning to Australia to enrol at university to study a degree in winemaking and pursue a career in the industry. After graduation he landed a coveted role at Hardys in South Australia, making wines for Tintara and working closely with sparkling wine master Ed Carr at House of Arras. Nic has a passion for sparkling wine, and enjoys the combination of artistry and blending that is required to create remarkable wines.

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  • Mark Bailey

    With a background in hospitality in Australia and UK, Mark worked vintage in France before becoming a cellarhand at Houghton Wines in the Swan Valley.After studying winemaking at Charles Sturt University, Mark moved to Margaret River in 2006 to feed his desire to make top quality Chardonnay and Cabernet, joining the Howard Park team initially as Senior Cellarhand, progressing to Assistant Winemaker and becoming Senior Winemaker in 2015.

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