About Amato Vino - Margaret River Wine
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About

Amato Vino are small-batch artisan winemakers based in the Margaret River wine region, Western Australia.

The winemaking philosophy is ‘lo-fi’, in that we embrace wild-ferments, minimal adjustments in the winery, gentle handling. Most wines are unfined and unfiltered. We are hands-on in terms of the grunt work, the care and guidance, but with a hands-off approach to the science of winemaking, using little or no inputs and employing traditional processes. An old-school approach yet with a modern flare for creativity and adventure.

Established in 2003 by owner/winemaker Brad Wehr, the labels and wine styles have continued to grow, covering traditional Margaret River varietals through to some eclectic and unusual grape varieties and winemaking methods.

Our winery is located a few minutes south-west of the Margaret River township, and although we are not open to the general public, we are happy to show you our range by appointment.

Wines made by the Amato Vino team fall under three distinct labels, briefly explained here…

Amato Vino

The eponymous label is the vehicle for our emerging Mediterranean varieties, micro-batches and lo-fi winemaking styles. Single vineyards, handpicks, natural ferments; incorporating minimal winemaking input and unconventional vessels for fermentation/maturation – the wild stuff.

We love exploring unusual and emerging grape varieties and being adventurous in winemaking styles. Our volumes can range from 20 dozen of some wines (experiments/explorations!) up to 250 dozen – small by anyone’s standards.

Two growing areas are utilised – Margaret River, where the climate is cool and Mediterranean varieties are a rarity, and the Riverland (SA), where hot summers are the norm and the region is home to myriad extraordinary grape varieties grown on small plots dotted along the Murray River.

Mantra

These are our take on the classic Margies varieties and familiar wine styles, albeit with our own twist. The emphasis here is on site & purity. Small fruit parcels are chosen from independent growers, with some single vineyard selections. Wild ferments, barrel ferments, no fining & filtration are part of the deal.

Wines include a Barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Brad

The original. This fresh, fun and funky label reveals our love for 1960’s retro pop-art, and exposes our cheeky, irreverent side. As a pioneer of the ‘quirky-label/great-wine’ concept, the ‘Brad’ wines have always been exceptional quality, winning accolades, trophies and medals – earning praise for what’s in the bottle, not just what’s on the label.

The wines are designed to be fresh, fruit-driven, stylish and tasty, for short to medium-term drinking. Essential Margaret River blends in a fun, friendly pack.

Our Imports – California USA

Amato Vino are also the exclusive importers in Australia for the iconic winemakers Bonny Doon Vineyard, as well as a side project from the Doon team known as Birichino Wines. A large range of these eclectic wines is available in Australia and we welcome enquiries – brad@amatovino.com.au

Artwork

The artwork that adorns our Riverland Amato Vino labels is by Australian artist Liz McKay. Please direct enquiries for artworks to Liz!

Label art for our Margaret River Amato Vino series is by winemaker Brad Wehr.