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Thursday 14 March 2019

A year of milestones for Leeuwin Estate

This is a year of milestones for the Horgan family, who have built Leeuwin Estate into one of Australia's premium family-owned wine brands. 

It is 50 years since the Horgans acquired the land that is now Leeuwin Estate and it is also the 35th consecutive year that the family has staged the Leeuwin Concert Series in Margaret River.

A lot has happened since the late 1960s, when Denis Horgan, then a Perth-based chartered accountant specialising in mergers and acquisitions, purchased a plumbing business which also held farmland in Margaret River, close to his favourite surf beach. 

He sold the plumbing division but retained the farm, with the property becoming used for family trips south. 

In 1972, Napa Valley legend Robert Mondavi was searching for the next great new world site to produce premium wines. 

Identifying the land that is now the Leeuwin vineyard, he provided early mentorship to Denis and Tricia as they transformed their cattle farm into the fifth founding winery of the now famous Margaret River region. 

"As a family we remain passionate about everything we do at Leeuwin and today siblings Simone and Justin, are Co-CEO’s working alongside a dedicated team of super talented people," the family says in a press release. 

"Located in one of the world’s most spectacularly beautiful and isolated wine regions, we celebrate the combination of fine wine, food, art and music, welcoming visitors to the winery and exporting our wines across 30 markets. 

"It has been a wonderful journey, with four generations of our family now leaving their footprints on this special place that is still known as 'the farm' to us."

The new Leeuwin Estate Art Series wines will be released later this month. 

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