Having completed his 65th vintage in 2018, John is perhaps the longest serving winemaker in Australia.
John’s first vintage as winemaker at the age of 15 in the early 1950’s was due mainly to his father’s advancing years and the toll many years of hard physical labour played on his health.
Over the next few years he taught himself, through trial, error and observation, what worked and did not work in the Swan Valley. John slowly began to transform the vineyard and wine making from fairly basic into becoming a premium producer.
John Kosovich was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 1995 for his contribution to the wine industry. In 2004 he won the prestigious Jack Mann Medal in that same year the winery was awarded the Best West Australian Small Producer at the Perth Royal Wine Show.
John continues to manage the vineyard and consult on wine making alongside Arch.
Anthony (Arch) Kosovich
Initially working with John and learning his craft, he was thrust into the senior role a few years later when an accident on the eve of vintage left John hospitalised for several months with a fractured hip.
With the support and guidance from his father, Arch has taken the reins and forged a reputation for honest, quality fruit driven wines that consistently impress.
Arch is also an active participant in wine judging circles and has judged at Swan Valley, Mount Barker, Perth Royal and Tasmanian wine shows. His passion for the Swan Valley and quality wines has seen him also for many years be a committee member of the Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association.