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Our Heritage

Three British Army officers (Thomas Yule, Ninian Lowis and Richmond Houghton) established Houghton in 1836, just four years after the fledgling colony of Western Australia was founded. We are named after Lieutenant Colonel Richmond Houghton. Our first commercial vintage, produced by Dr John Ferguson in 1859, was a modest 25 gallons. John Ferguson, a Scottish surgeon, purchased the property that year and was winemaker until 1863.

His son Charles Ferguson took over the company in 1875.

In 1880, Houghton received its first wine award, the 'Order of Merit' at the Great Melbourne Exhibition. This was the first of many triumphs that have paved the way for Houghton to become Western Australia's most awarded winery.

In 1922, 16-year-old Jack Mann, under the guidance of his father George, kicked off his winemaking apprenticeship at Houghton. Jack became the company’s driving force for 51 consecutive vintages. His passion, creative genius and influence extended far beyond Houghton, to the whole West Australian and Australian wine industry.

Jack's best-known creation was Houghton White Burgundy, now 'Houghton White Classic', first crafted with incredible foresight in 1937 and an Australian favourite to this day.

Today’s senior winemaker Ross Pamment, part of the Houghton team for almost 30 years.

No other winery has the breadth and diversity of Houghton wines, wines that highlight the best that Western Australia has to offer. Choose from our amazing selection and decide for yourself…

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