At Larry Cherubino Wines, we make uniquely West Australian wines of great depth, detail and purity, true to their provenance.
Our first wine, a single vineyard Frankland River, was released in 2005. Our focus continues to be on sub-regional and single vineyard wines, and today we make more of these than any other producer in Western Australia.
‘Winery of the Year 2011’
James Halliday Wine Companion
‘producer of the Year 2011’
Matt Skinner’s Wine Guide
Listed as one of the ‘Ten Best New Wineries in Australia’ & five star rating
2009 and 2010 James Halliday Wine Companion
Finalist ‘Winemaker of the Year 2009’
Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine
Nominated ‘Best Young Australian Winemaker 2004’
Finalist ‘Winemaker of the Year 2003’
Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine
Awarded ‘Winemaker of the Year 2003/2004’
Guide to Western Australian Wine 2005
Nominated ‘International Winemaker of the Year 2003’
International Wine and Spirit Competition
Larry Cherubino Wines was only established in 2005, but the significant success we’ve achieved is the culmination of more than 20 years’ observation and work, both in Australia and across the major wine-producing regions of the world.
While the winemaking process itself may seem quite simple, the key to the quality of our wines is how we select fruit. The search for grapes with personality and unique traits is so important, and so tied to region and site, that much of Larry’s time is spent just hunting for these qualities.
Our fruit is sourced from vineyards throughout the southern half of Western Australia, with a particular focus on the Great Southern and its sub-regions of Porongurup and Frankland River. Pemberton and Margaret River are also major players in the make-up of our regional single vineyard wines.
All our wines are carefully crafted to reflect a true sense of place, and to express the fruit at its finest and most unequivocal.
Simplicity in winemaking requires great attention to detail in the vineyard, an uncompromising approach fruit selection and uncomplicated winemaking, all framed by a kind season. The sum of these things lies within each bottle of wine we make.
Raised in the Swan Valley, Larry was studying for an agriculture degree when he worked a vintage as cellarhand at the valley’s iconic Houghton, Australia’s third oldest winery. He enjoyed working there so much so that he deferred his degree and spent the next few years working vintages in Europe and back at Houghton.
Eventually he graduated with a double major in agribusiness and horticulture, and went on to study oenology at Adelaide’s famed Roseworthy College. This eventually led to a role as winemaker at Tintara Wines in South Australia.
At Tintara, Larry gained an in-depth understanding of wine styles. He also worked in many wine-growing regions around the world, developing a fine-tuned appreciation of what makes great wine.
Larry then returned to Houghton and was quickly promoted to senior winemaker in 1998.
Within six months he was promoted again, this time to regional manager and senior winemaker for parent company BRL Hardy's entire West Australian operation.
"Since founding his eponymous wine business in 2005 (after Houghton), Larry's day job (as he calls it) has been that of a consultant in the broader sense, and winemaker (for others) in the narrower sense. This, he says, allows him the luxury of making small batches of exquisite (my word, not his) wines under the Larry Cherubino label." - James Halliday
Larry's tenure was a period of significant growth for the winery. He introduced 30 new wines to BRL Hardy's WA portfolio, including the iconic Gladstones Cabernet. He also travelled extensively to Europe, completing vintages in Tuscany, Bordeaux, Burgundy and The Loire.
During his many overseas trips, Larry earmarked any clones that he felt might do well in WA conditions.
"Some people say there's no difference between old and new clones in Australia, but there is," he says. "The old clones were selected for disease resistance and their return per hectare. The new clones are more about flavour and quality of tannins. Get these things right and you don't have to mess around with technique."
In 2003, Larry left Houghton to offer vine-to-wine consultancy services to clients all over the wine-growing world. Eventually - or perhaps inevitably - the years of experience, thousands of kilometres travelled and longstanding relationships with small West Australian family vineyards culminated in the establishment of Larry Cherubino Wines. Our first modest collection of 'Ad Hoc' regional and 'The Yard' single vineyard wines was released in 2005.