Our vineyard is situated in Wilyabrup, a sub region recognised for its ideal location between surf (climate moderation) and turf (terroir) to grow premium fruit. Our grapes are grown on a gentle north-south facing slope on ancient gravelly loam. The native trees and shrubs in Wilyabrup Reserve protect the vineyard from prevailing winds blowing in from the Indian Ocean. We have a total of nine hectares; 6.4 ha of Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.9 ha of Malbec, 0.9 ha of Sauvignon Blanc, as well as a small amount of Petit Verdot and Merlot. The 1 ha block of Chardonnay is dry grown on the banks of the Margaret River.
The name ‘Jilyara’ was inspired by the abundance of bees in the vineyard and derives from ‘Djilyaro’, meaning ‘bees’ in the local indigenous Noongar language. Bees have always been essential to the production of great wines. Though not necessary to aid the vines with pollination, bees help maintain a healthy ecosystem within the vineyard. We’ve equipped Jilyara with four beehives, one at each corner of our property – our own honeycomb corners, helping to keep our crops fertile and healthy.