It’s taken generations’ worth of passion and hard work to create the CORE legacy, starting with 3rd generation John Della Franca turning the orchards’ mighty fine produce into spectacular brews and now with Head Cidermaker Adrian Kenny (aka ‘AK’) taking over the baton.
We’re proud to say that we took out WA Tourism’s ‘Best Winery, Brewery or Distillery’ award for the second year in a row because if you add the beautiful rustic vibe to our a-la-carte restaurant, weddings & functions, tours, and festivals on the orchard, you have the makings for a truly great CORE experience!
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Here’s 3rd generation Farmer John talking to Anna Gare on Channel 9′s Destination WA series:
The ROOTS – 1st generation (1939): Giovanni Battista Della Franca (aka Jack, as no-one could pronounce his name) arrives from Italy, plants the first apples at High Vale orchard and introduces the Australian public to his singular grappa and the game of Bocce (with a pitch originally made from crushed ants nests!)
The HARVEST – 2nd generation (1957): Jack’s son GianCarlo Della Franca (aka Charlie – ditto as above) purchases the legendary ’57 Chev truck, plants a small vineyard on the property and starts his experimentations with wine.
The CORE – 3rd generation (2005): Jack’s grandson John Della Franca begins to experiment with cider and creates the CORE brand. John does things his own way, which is where the ‘slightly twisted’ comes into it. He remains largely elusive and prefers to immerse himself in the singular alchemy of the brewing process.
Emily (aka the Apple Tart) joined to take some of the load off John’s shoulders but has in fact succeeded in creating more work for him than could ever be imagined. Emily has several music degrees (very useful on the orchard as you can imagine) and was a concert pianist until she joined CORE. She also has an MBA, but sadly admits that this amounts to a Master of Bugger All for life on ‘the farm’.
Chief “Hard-Core” John in his youth when he was buff
Emily “Apple-Tart” before she swapped heals for Rossi boots
Matriach Joan (with Charlie) hoons through the orchard during harvest chasing cockatoos away
Sally-Apple keeps the kids happy while their parents are doing cider research