In 1989 the Bettenay family searched the Margaret River area for an ideal property on which to grow grapes.
They had a head start in this quest as Eric Bettenay had spent many years working for the CSIRO mapping the soils of Western Australia.
With Greg’s academic background of an Honours degree in Horticulture, it is not surprising they ended up with one of the best vineyard sites in the region.
This site was planted in 1989 to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Later plantings of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon were established in 1997. The property now boasts 25 acres under vine with the excess grapes being highly sought after by neighbouring wineries.
In recent years as vines have matured and fruit has increased in intensity, the awards and accolades have been mounting up.
The 2002 Chardonnay won a trophy for the best chardonnay at the Sydney boutique wine awards, the 2008 Shiraz won a gold medal at the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge and the 2008 Chardonnay won Gold at the Margaret River Wine Show Awards, against some of the biggest names in WA. In the past 10 years Bettenay Wines has received over 40 medals around Australia.
In 2012 the new extension was built onto the existing building. The extension includes a nougat kitchen and full nougat and wine tasting area maximising the experience for visitors to the premises.