Our family-owned and operated vineyard is located in Wilyabrup, the heart of the Margaret River wine region. With the area’s perfect combination of the right soil and supreme climate, Jilyara has the terroir to grow fruit of outstanding quality. The vineyard was planted 1995-1997 by the Cotterell family. With a north-south aspect and nestled within undulating valleys, it is protected from the elements behind a nature reserve, yet near enough to the ocean to hear the surf. In our nine hectare vineyard, we grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. After having produced grapes for twenty-three years supplying some of the area’s prime producers, we embarked in 2017 on an exciting venture in producing our own wine.
To produce the best possible fruit, we hand prune and pick our grapes with care. We shoot thin, leaf pluck and trim to ensure adequate air flow and light to provide a healthy micro-climate and to minimise the use of fungicidal sprays. Craig Cotterell, the owner-operator, does all of the spraying, netting, and mulching himself, and by using minimal contractor equipment he ensures a sound and disease free vineyard. Tillage and soil compaction is kept to a minimum, and our sheep graze the vineyard post-harvest promoting natural weed suppression. Craig has managed every aspect of the vineyard since the beginning and strives to grow grapes of superior quality. Our hands-on approach guarantees the viticultural practices are closely monitored.
Jilyara is also home to the Cotterell-Bergstrom family, a playground for their children and a space where they indulge in their passion for exceptional wine every day. Craig and his partner in crime Maria, along with their four children are all an integral part of the vineyard.