Our family-owned and operated vineyard is located in Wilyabrup, the heart of the Margaret River wine region. With the area’s perfect combination of the right soil and supreme climate, Jilyara has the terroir to grow fruit of outstanding quality. The vineyard was planted 1995-1997 by the Cotterell family. With a north-south aspect and nestled within undulating valleys, it is protected from the elements behind a nature reserve, yet near enough to the ocean to hear the surf. In our nine hectare vineyard, we grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. After having produced grapes for twenty-three years supplying some of the area’s prime producers, we embarked in 2017 on an exciting venture in producing our own wine.
Our vineyard is situated in Wilyabrup, a sub region recognised for its ideal location between surf (climate moderation) and turf (terroir) to grow premium fruit. Our grapes are grown on a gentle north-south facing slope on ancient gravelly loam. The native trees and shrubs in Wilyabrup Reserve protect the vineyard from prevailing winds blowing in from the Indian Ocean. We have a total of nine hectares; 6.4 ha of Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.9 ha of Malbec, 0.9 ha of Sauvignon Blanc, as well as a small amount of Petit Verdot and Merlot. The 1 ha block of Chardonnay is dry grown on the banks of the Margaret River.
The name ‘Jilyara’ was inspired by the abundance of bees in the vineyard and derives from ‘Djilyaro’, meaning ‘bees’ in the local indigenous Noongar language. Bees have always been essential to the production of great wines. Though not necessary to aid the vines with pollination, bees help maintain a healthy ecosystem within the vineyard. We’ve equipped Jilyara with four beehives, one at each corner of our property – our own honeycomb corners, helping to keep our crops fertile and healthy.
Wine Varieties Available
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec
2 Heath Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280, Australia