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Faber Vineyard's 20th Birthday Celebration

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Fine wines and fabulous hospitality for birthday celebration
Wine lovers are being invited to join winemaker John Griffiths and partner Jane Micallef in celebration of their 20-year love affair with the Swan Valley.

Faber, John Griffiths, Swan Valley, winery, shiraz
Winemaker John Griffiths at work. Picture supplied

The Faber Vineyard 20th Birthday Celebration will be held over the Queen's Birthday public holiday weekend on Sunday, September 24 and Monday, September 25 from 11am to 5pm on both days.

John and Jane are proud of their achievements and will be offering tastings of a large range of wines as part of the $65 per person entry fee.

For wines that particularly grab your fancy they will be available for sale by the glass.

Faber, wines, Swan Valley, John Griffiths, Queens Birthday
A selection of Faber wines. Picture supplied.

Food will be available on both days from 11am to 4pm with stalls serving home-made soups; barbecue prawns, Greek lamb and spicy chicken skewers; locally made kranskys, Italian and British pork gourmet sausages; and couscous and roast pumpkin and green leaf salads.

Included in the entry price are two bottles of current release Faber wine, along with six vouchers for tastings of reserve wines, meals or masterclasses and special tutored tastings.

Extra vouchers will also be available for sale.

Special wine offers will be available on both days with all wines on sale, there will be door prizes and a mystery wine competition along with live music.

Vouchers can be used for vineyard walkabouts and masterclasses which will be held from 11.30am and again from 3 pm; a Swan Valley Masterclass from 12.30 pm to 1.45 pm, an Aged Shiraz Masterclass, from 2 pm to 2.45pm; and a unique Muscat Barrel Tasting from 12.30 pm to 1.30pm.

Faber, John Griffiths, winemaker, Swan Valley, Baskerville, shiraz
Visitors enjoying the hospitality at Faber. Picture supplied.

John Griffiths hoped the celebration would be a great introduction to Faber and was an opportunity to enjoy a wine focused day out at one of the Swan Valley's leading wineries to taste new and aged wines and to get a sense of Faber's hospitality.

John was already an experienced wine maker, at Houghton Wines when he and wife Jane invested everything they had into Faber.

The pair bought the property in May 1997, planting the first vines in spring of 1998 and harvesting their first shiraz grapes in February 2000 with the wine released in January 2001 and quickly sold out.

The winery was built in time for the 2005 vintage and cellar door sales were opened in 2008. The barrel hall was built in 2010.

The last of their land was planted to vines in 2016 and 2017 providing 11 acres in total.

Faber is the Latin word for craft, a name that John and Jane chose because they believe winemaking is a craft, a skill learned but never perfected.

They chose to base themselves in the Swan Valley, one of Australia's oldest winemaking regions, because of its rich heritage of winemaking and its potential to make outstanding wines in the style they believe in full flavoured, sweet fruited and drinkable.

Faber Vineyard is at 233 Haddrill Road in Baskerville.

Tickets are available from this website.
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Why? A fun day out at one of the Swan Valley's finest wineries with an opportunity to taste new and aged wines.
When: 11am to 5pm Sunday and Monday
Phone: 08 9296 0209
Where: 233 Haddrill Road, Baskerville WA
Cost: $65 plus booking fee
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