The Fire Gully vineyard is well-hidden from the road with a long, narrow strip flowing back to the main paddocks: so it's pretty much unknown. However it is one of the region's most spectacular and attractive vineyards with views looking down from the higher blocks overlooking the dam, more vineyards and natural bushland.
It was part of the Group Settlement Scheme and opened up in 1922. From 1946, it was owned and run by the Butcher family until it was purchased by Michael Peterkin in 1998. Ellis and Margaret Butcher had planted vines in 1988, 1992 and 1997 and so the property now has mature vines.
Fire Gully is on Metricup Road, adjacent to Moss Wood, and a kilometre from Pierro. It is influenced by the brook system that runs through this part of Margaret River - along the Redbrook in the case of Fire Gully - to the coast four kilometres away. The sea breezes blow up the brooks to the vineyards moderating the summer temperatures.
All of the grapes are hand picked at sunrise and taken in small buckets to the Pierro Winery. From here, the team at Pierro (Right), under the guidence of Dr. Michael Peterkin, hand sort the grapes prior to whole bunch pressing (whites) or destemming and fermenting in little open fermenters (Reds). The reds are then left in French Barriques for 12 months.
The wines are hand crafted and blended in small batches. We hope you enjoy the wine with great friends and food.