Vasse Felix

Vasse Felix was the first commercial vineyard and winery to be established in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. The vineyard took its unusual name from an early event in the district.

Vasse was a French seaman who drowned last century when his longboat overturned near the site of Busselton while exploring the coastline on the ship “Geographe” under Captain Freycinet. Paradoxically, Felix is the Latin word for fortunate or luck. Thus the name refers to a favored place in Australia discovered by the French.

The bird depicted on the label is a peregrine falcon. The native birds were an immense problem at harvest so trained falcons were used to deter them



Caves Road Margaret River, WA 6284 Australia




Margaret River



Wines from this Winery

Vasse Felix Felius Chardonnay

Vasse Felix Chardonnay is typified by its bright, elegant fruit, subtle wild complexities and a tight acid structure, reflecting the vibrancy and purity of this variety in Margaret River. 'Filius' translates to 'son of' in Latin, reflecting the relationship between this wine and its premier 'father'.  

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Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon

'Son of' the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon. It carries the structure, power and tannins of classic Cabernet in an earlier drinking, more forward style from fruit sourced from each of the Vasse Felix vineyards.   85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot 

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Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

This wine is a vibrant pale lemon in color with grass-green tinges. Ripe passion-fruit explodes from the glass, followed by an amazingly complex array of perfumes including lime, oregano, lemon thyme and a hint of wasabi peas. 

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Vasse Felix Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is fermented entirely in French Oak barriques (46% new oak) before 10 months of cellar maturation where the primary fruit characters become more complex by way of partial malo-lactic fermentation and extended contact with yeast lees. Wild fermentation (natural indigenous yeast) was used on 20% of the blend to induce mouth feel, richness and complex aromas. The finished product has Chardonnay-like aroma of flowers, citrus oil, white peach, tropical fruits and lemon sorbet gives a clean and precise impression. It is full bodied with pleasant fruit sweetness and is deep and fresh on the palate. Green apple flavor provides a beautiful backbone.    

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Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon

The wine is well balanced with silky blackcurrant fruit flavors upfront, carried along the palate by a fresh acid moving into dried herbal flavors and firm, slightly drying tannins. The soft texture of this medium-bodied wine is balanced by the fruit weight on the mid-palate and the long dry finish provided by the elegant tannins. 

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Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay

Vase Felix’s Icon white wine.  It has complex aromas of cut flowers, lavender, grapefruit, and orange peal but fruitiness dominates the nose. 

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Vasse Felix Tom Cullity

Vasse Felix was established by Dr Thomas Brendan Cullity in 1967. Among his first plantings were Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec vines, from which he produced the estate’s first red wine. The Tom Cullity descends from these original vines and represents the pinnacle of Vasse Felix.

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