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.