Established in 1982 by Bruce and Jeanette Tomlinson, Lenton Brae Estate remains family owned and operated with son Edward the current winemaker.
Bruce Tomlinson, an Architect and town planner by profession was working on a sub-division of the Moss Wood Property when Bill Pannell, happened to comment on the virtue of the soil and site that had just been sub-divided.
The lure of owning vineyards and producing wines in Margaret River was too powerful for Bruce to ignore, and although originally planned as a sea change rather than a career move he quickly found himself immersed in the task.
The design and build of the winery in 1988 drew on passion and pride. Inspired by the catholic church in Margaret River. The 5 bells of Lenton Brae can be heard chiming on the quarter hour, a beautiful reminder of the tradition our family owned and operated winery holds dear. Behind the bells.
Rammed earth renowned for its strength, durability and eco friendly foot print with the added benefit of superior thermal mass proved to be the perfect fit as a building material. The barrel room, which lies directly beneath cellar sales, provides year round temperature control of our barrels and cellar stock, and can be toured during your next visit.
The estate was named Lenton Brae with “Lenton” coming from the chapel district of Lenton in Nottingham, England, from where the first Tomlinson’s (pictured below) migrated to Australia in 1882. “Brae” is a Scottish term for a small hill, which is a topographical feature of the Wilyabrup Vineyard.
Edwin & Esther Tomlinson and family circa 1880
Lenton Brae has always excelled in the Margaret River specialities of blended Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and varietals of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The first Cabernet Sauvignon was released in 1988, winning two trophies at the 1990 SGIO W.A winemakers’ exhibition, including Best Wine of Show. 30 years on and our wines continue to be reviewed frequently and favourably with a consistent 5 star rating from luminary James Halliday. We invite you to visit us and judge for yourself.
Bruce & Jeanette Tomlinson Celebrating early success of inaugural vintage 1987