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Sample the Swan Valley's Best Wines at Faber's Fun Festival
Faber Vineyard in the Swan Valley will be celebrating one of the world's most historic grape varieties at its Festival Of The Grape on Sunday, October 7.
Muscat has been a favoured grape variety for winemakers for hundreds of years and has long been an integral part of the Swan Valley wine growing region.
The variety is a Faber favourite and stars in the winery's Swan Valley Liqueur Muscat.
Winemaker John Griffiths will be demonstrating the process of making the wine from a blend of grapes from a range of vintages offering barrel tastings from the different years that go into crafting the finished wine.
Faber wine maker John Griffiths tasting barrels of muscat.
Tickets which include two bottles of Faber wine and a tasting glass to take home as well as six vouchers to be used for reserve wine tasting, masterclasses, a mystery wine competition, entry and food at the event are available from www.ticketebo.com.au/festivalofthegrape for $70.
Faber is at 233 Haddrill Rd, Baskerville and will be open from 11am to 5pm.
It is owned by John Griffiths and Jane Micallef, who bought the property in May 1997 when the region's wines were not so well regarded.
John was a highly respected winemaker at Houghton Wines who had worked in other hot areas and believed that quality wine could be made in the region.
Faber came on the scene at the time when the region was going through a period of modernisation and there was an explosion of new wineries. Grape varieties like the Chenin Blanc, Verdhello, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon that were already well established in the Swan Valley were given a new lease of life.
The first vines were planted in spring of 1998 and in February 2000, the first Shiraz grapes were harvested and when the vintage was released in January 2001 it quickly sold out.
The winery followed and was ready for the 2005 vintage and cellar door sales opened in 2008 followed by the barrel hall in 2010.
Faber's wines have been winning awards almost from their start, with its first trophy for its 2001 Riche Shiraz and won its first gold medal for the 2001 Reserve Shiraz. At the Swan Valley Wine Show over 20 years Faber has won 13 Trophies, 26 gold medals and 125 silver and bronze. In 2015, they were awarded 'Most Successful Exhibitor'.
Wine critic James Halliday recognised Faber as one of Australia's 10 best new wineries in 2002 and one of 10 'Dark Horses' to watch out for in 2006. He rated Faber's current release 2015 Reserve Shiraz as gold medal standard.
The 2013 West Australian Wine Guide recognised Faber as 'Small Winery of the Year'. GT Wine Magazine has awarded Faber 'Best Small Cellar Door' and 'Best Cellar Door Tasting Experience' in the Swan Valley in 2016 and 2017.