Cape Landing's Mark Lewis has close family connections to Margaret River.
Mark's family emigrated to Australia in 1976, arriving by boat at Fremantle, living for periods in Perth and Melbourne, before eventually settling in Margaret River. Educated in Western Australia and the UK, Mark’s legal career took him from Australia around the world to London, Japan, Moscow, Warsaw and to the Cayman Islands, where he met his partner Sarah Broad.
Mark and Sarah have long admired Margaret River’s pristine natural beauty with its rocky coastline, surf, beaches, ancient karri forests, vineyards and world class wines. They were frequent visitors back to Margaret River with Mark’s sons, George and Dylan, before realising one of their great life ambitions of acquiring an established vineyard in Margaret River.
Cape Landing’s distinguished heritage, supplying premium fruit to major wine makers, provided Mark and Sarah with the challenge they were both looking for. Confident the fruit was world class, they set out to follow in the footsteps of the early settlers and produce a unique range of single vineyard wines that would establish Cape Landing as one of Margaret River’s leading winemakers.
“Cape Landing is picturesque, the vines well established and mature, the fruit quality superb, but it was the moment I first saw the vineyard’s expansive main dam and water supply, that I knew this was the place for us.”
Mark Lewis, Cape Landing
“Cape Landing’s rolling hills, gravelly duplex soils and abundant water supply are just ideal for production of premium Margaret River fruit” – John Standish, Viticulturist
The Margaret River wine region is located in the isolated south-west corner of Western Australia, stretching 100km from north to south, between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, uniquely surrounded by ocean on three sides.
“It's difficult to think of any other vineyards in the world that are only a few kilometres from great surf.” – Jancis Robinson, MW
A mild, Mediterranean climate and a ‘belting sea breeze’ combined with ancient gravel soils contribute to Margaret River’s ideal conditions for fine wine production.
Margaret River wines are known for their fruit purity, elegance, structure and consistency, producing 20% of Australia’s premium wines, from just 3% of Australia’s total crush [Source – Wine Australia, Regional Snapshot 2017 – Margaret River].
“The top rank of Margaret River Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon is, simply put, in the top rank in the world. And by that, I'm including the likes of Burgundy (for Chardonnay) and Bordeaux and Napa Valley (for Cabernet Sauvignon)” – Matt Kramer, WineSpectator.com