Producer Profile


Happs, founded by Erl and Roslyn Happ in 1977, is a family-owned winery with two vineyards in Margaret River. Erl, a prolific grower, winemaker, potter, and amateur scientist, has crafted some of Western Australia's most curious and beguiling wines. Grapes are grown without irrigation and hand-picked, with the family practicing organic soil management, minimal mineral fertilizer, and avoiding herbicides.

The Dunsborough vineyard, planted in 1977, is located at the northern end of the Margaret River region, where the Happs family resides. Of the 50 acres, only 17 have been planted, and the site is sheltered from westerly winds. Happs’ second vineyard, Three Hills, planted in 1994, is situated in Karridale, 90 kilometers south in the coolest part of the region.

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Where The Wines Come From

Margaret River

Margaret River, located in Western Australia, is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, pristine beaches, and world-class wines. In recent years, the region has also become a hub for natural winemaking. With its maritime climate, ancient soils, and commitment to sustainable practices, Margaret River provides an ideal environment for producing vibrant and expressive wines. Natural winemakers here prioritize organic and biodynamic farming methods, allowing the grapes to thrive in harmony with the land. By eschewing chemical additives and focusing on minimal intervention in the cellar, they produce wines that showcase the true essence of the region's terroir. Margaret River's natural wines are known for their purity, elegance, and complexity, with whites exhibiting crisp acidity and tropical fruit flavors, and reds offering bold fruit expression and fine tannins. As the demand for authentic and terroir-driven wines continues to grow, Margaret River remains a leader in the natural wine movement, offering a taste of Western Australia's pristine landscapes and innovative spirit with each bottle.