About Us

Part of the history of the Swan Valley

A Little History

Barrett Lane has a long, 70-year history in the Swan Valley. The Prnich family have been growing grapes and making their own unique grape juice for as long as they can remember, even back in Croatia, before the Second World War.

In what may be a familiar story to some, our family moved here from Croatia both before and during the Second World War – in one case managing to make it onto the last boat to leave the port at Split, just before the port was shut down as a result of the war.

 

After arriving in Australia, our family became part of the Swan Valley community, growing table and wine grapes for some of the most prestigious wine-makers in WA. There was, however, always enough grapes kept to enable us to produce our own grape juice – a juice with a very distinct and pure taste.

 

We still have a private vintage with bottles that have been aging for over 30 years. Producing this grape juice was, for many decades, done by hand in a process we have refined to make a special product that is not available anywhere else. It carried with it the history of our vineyards back in Croatia.

 

Barrett Lane, as it is now, has become a reflection of the same philosophy that guided the production of our personal vintage. The goal was to produce a venue that captured the essence of the Swan Valley; the people, the style, the tastes and most of all, that ‘family’ feel. Barrett Lane lets those who visit become a part of the Swan Valley family, even if it just for a short time. We want all our guests to leave with a sense of friendship and peacefulness.