Woodlands came to fame early on with the release of our 1981 ‘Andrew’ Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine won trophies for ‘Best Red Wine’ at the Perth Wine Show, the Mt Barker Wine Show,and the National Wine Show. This wine was the first from Margaret River to achieve a National Red Wine Trophy.
Subsequent Cabernets made by David Watson won trophies and critical acclaim across the country.
Stuart Watson took the reins as Winemaker in 2002 and Andrew Watson joined Woodlands fulltime in 2005. Stuart and Andrew carry on the family love for Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends. Woodlands now has an annual production of 12000 cases, specializing in red wine, and remains owned and operated by the Watson family.
Woodlands has two vineyards, located within 2km of each other in the Wilyabrup Valley. At both vineyards each variety is planted in its particular location due to the soil composition and plot aspect.
All vines are dry grown and farmed using traditional and organic methods. Both vineyards are maintained by hand and attention includes under vine cultivating, hand weeding,cane pruning, bunch and crop thinning, leaf removal and hand picking.
In 2010 David and Heather were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Margaret River Wine Industry Association. In 2016 David & Heather were the joint recipients of the prestigious Jack Mann Memorial Medal. The medalis awarded annually to those who have made a significant contribution to the WA Wine Industry.
Woodlands’ premier wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon, is still made from the same planting originally made by David and Heather in 1973. Woodlands Cabernet Sauvignon continues to garner awards and critical acclaim, including being listed in the Langton’s Classification of Fine Wines.