We’re a unique Perth Hills destination steeped in history, with spectacular artisan ciders, wines and fruit wines. Add sublime views over the apple orchards and a Slightly Twisted crew to the mix and you can’t help but unwind.
Here’s Farmer John talking to Anna Gare on Channel 9′s Destination WA series:
Orchards: A kick-ass water treatment plant recycles all grey water from operations onto the orchard. Solar panels installed last July have saved us over 20 tonnes of CO2 emissions. BioDynamic farming methods help minimise farm inputs. Solids captured from cider production are turned into compost.
Menu: We source free-range eggs and meat from WA, use local veggies (some from our own patch) and WA fish, fruits from our orchard and the sauces and cakes are all house-made (NO packets!).
Bevvies: No drink miles here - our ciders are all Born, Bred & Bottled on site. How good is that!
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at High Vale orchard and introduces the Australian public to his singular grappa and the game of Bocce (with a pitch originally made from crushed ants nests!)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 creates the CORE Cider brand and the original cider recipes. John is where the Slightly Twisted comes into it (just check out our CORE videos…)
Emily (aka the Apple Tart) joined to take some of the load off John’s shoulders but has in fact created more work for him than could ever be imagined. Emily has several music degrees and she also has an MBA, but sadly admits that these amount to a Master of Bugger All for life on ‘the farm’.
“Hard-Core” Farmer John - Slightly Twisted most of the time
Emily “Apple-Tart” before she swapped high heels 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