The Alkoomi vineyards and winery are located in the rapidly expanding Frankland River region northwest of Albany in Western Australia, about 80kms inland from the Southern Ocean. The southern influence makes this the coolest climate region in W A and one blessed with reasonable rainfall, long autumn sunshine and generally very consistent climatic conditions year to year.
The name Alkoomi, which in Aboriginal dialect means "the place we chose", was selected by the original settlers in the 1880's. Merv Lange's father purchased the 1,220 hectare property in 1946 when it was still largely bush country, and developed a mixed farm of grain, sheep and cattle. The property retains many large Australian native grass trees and this distinctive plant is used as the logo on the Alkoomi labels.
The Alkoomi wine business is very much a family affair, headed up by Merv and Judy Lange with son Wayne (viticulturist), his wife Elaine and son-in-law Rod (operations manager) and his wife Sandra all involved.
Alkoomi's reputation has flourished as one of the leading small family wine makers in the country. The superb varietal flavors evident in the wines are recognized by James Halliday in his "Guide to the Wines of Australia" (2000 edition), awarding Alkoomi a rare five-star rating. Halliday notes: "Racy Riesling, tangy Sauvignon Blanc, fruit-driven peach citrus Chardonnay, peppery Shiraz curranty minty Cabernet topped off with the finely crafted cedary Blackbutt are all consistently excellent "
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Quite remote and unequalled in beauty, the wine regions of Westerm Australia promise endless physical and climatic diversity. From the coolest, seaside vineyards to the hottest inland zones, Western Australia is the source of some of the country’s most sought after wines.
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