ABOUT OUR WINERY
Coorinja Winery was established in the 1870’s making it one of the oldest wineries in the state. The winery is a 5 minute drive from the historic town of Toodyay and is roughly an hours scenic drive from Perth.
The Wood family have been growing grapes in the Toodyay hills, and making Coorinja’s renowned wines and ports since 1919, passing down over 100 years of traditional wine making expertise through five generations of Wood family winemakers. Traditionally the winery has made and perfected the art of fortified wines with many different varieties available. Most of our fortifies are aged in the original 440 and 770 gallon casks that were purchased with the winery in 1919, it is the delicious aroma of these ageing ports that you are greeted with as you enter the old cellar building.
During the summer months, when the grapes are sweet and ripe Michael and his daughter Gemma, along with a small group of locals hand pick the grapes. Once picked and put into wooden bins, in the cool of the evening the grapes are crushed. Following this process the grapes are fermented and then pressed using a wooden basket press, the same family tradition that has been used for over five generations. Wherever possible Coorinja Winery uses gravity to gently transfer wine.
In recent years winemaker Michael Wood has also been producing small batch, quality red wines. Our growing conditions produce exciting and complex reds that result in a flavour driven and palatable wine that you know will be enjoyable from the moment you open the bottle. Michael has also been producing preservative free red wine with great success, with our first batch of PF Shiraz proving to be extremely popular and creating a demand that we are excited to be a part of, so we are happy to announce that we will have more available in the near future.
A short walk or drive up from the old winery is the historic Ringa Bridge. This grand old structure spans Harper Brook and is a wonderful location to bring the family for a picnic and to explore the rocky banks of the brook. The bridge is only accessible from the winery so feel free to contact us if you are interested in checking it out.
We look forward to seeing you at Coorinja Winery soon!
"A fortified haven"
- Michael Zekulich, wine writer WA
A photo of Hector Wood, a third generation winemaker who spent his life and raised his family at Coorinja Winery