Winery Star

Wine Leaders' Choice

Swan Valley, Australia

Rolling hills and undulating vineyards formed the back drop for Simon and Maaike Berns’ travels through France in the eighties. The couple experienced the food, the wines, the French passion for growing grapes, making their own wines and their love for live ‘savoir vivre’. It was this inspiration that Simon and Maaike took back with them to Perth.

The couple purchased land in the Swan Valley in 1993 and began to plant a vineyard on weekends. Initially Verdelho, a Portuguese variety, Chardonnay and Shiraz were planted. Later other varieties such as Petit Verdot and Tempranillo, suitable to the Swan Valley’s hot climate. More recently fruit has been sourced from their vineyard in Margaret River and fruit purchased from Frankland River.

At Sittella’s cellar door, their wines can be tasted and purchased, and Sittella’s restaurant is certainly worth a visit. The menu is modern Australian cuisine and the view from the restaurant’s verandah is quite inspiring. It also is considered quite idyllic for weddings. The winery is located on a picturesque landscape in the heart of the Swan Valley wine-growing region, with the Darling Range escarpment as a backdrop.

Year           1993

Country     Australia

Address    100 Barrett St, Herne Hill, WA, 6056

Tel             +61 08 9296 2600


Hours        Tuesday to Sunday

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Certificate Of Excellence

The Winery Star Certificate is an award of excellence for wineries around the world. The certificate is issued for quality and expertise in the wine industry and is a great and valuable asset for wineries.

It is awarded to wineries that have been recommended by Wine Leaders around the world. It gives a boost in the level of credibility in the global wine community and it is a great way to strengthen the winery image.

Buyers, distributors, business partners and even travelers are more eager to contact awarded wineries to buy their wines and visit the winery. 

The certificate displays wineries name and relevant year, it can be shared on website, social media or used for promotional purposes. It is also possible to receive the framed version by post. 

Contact us to find out how you can qualify today!