Oates Ends is homecoming and love of land. They are the wines of Cath Oates, whose highly awarded international winemaking career, spanning 20 years, has covered Italy, New Zealand and the USA. The name comes from a barrel of wine made in the shed two decades ago, a joint family effort that made use of the grapes left at the ends of the rows and was bottled to share with family and friends.
Farming is in the blood of the Oates family, with Cath and her brother Russ growing up on the various family farms in Margaret River as the third generation on the land. The Wilagri property was purchased for beef farming in 1990 and the vineyard was first planted in 1998, on classic Wilyabrup soils, complex loams over deep well draining gravels, renowned for producing world class wines. Now owned by Russ, after the original property was divided in two, he applies over 30 years of viticultural experience to grow impeccable quality fruit.
Cath built a winery in 2018 on the remaining beef property and makes all of the wines on site, using classical winemaking techniques with a light hand, to retain the purest expression of Wilagri. The wines focus on purity, elegance and structure. Extensive travelling and studying of the classic wines of the old world has lent an appreciation for complexity and texture to support varietal typicity.
A member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia (SWA) and in the process of being accredited. Utilising organic techniques where possible with no herbicide or pesticide used. Sheep are integral to the vineyard program for dormant season mowing and for leaf plucking the reds, an innovative and effective NZ technique.
The winery runs on rainwater and is currently installing solar power. Packaging is selected to minimise wasted resources and biodegradable plastic is used for wrapping. We aim to leave the land in better condition than when it comes into our care and take a whole-of-farm approach in our efforts.