"If the grapes are grown in the right way from the start, the wine will essentially make itself."
A 3rd generation farmer, David Hohnen studied winemaking and viticulture in California in the 1960's where he refined his interest in biological farming.
David returned to Western Australia in 1970 to establish a small vineyard on the outskirts of Margaret River. This was to become Cape Mentelle Vineyards.
1976 saw the first release for Cape Mentelle and in 1985 David had also established Cloudy Bay in Marlborough, New Zealand.
As Chief Executive, David guided the growth of Cape Mentelle and Cloudy Bay until 2003, at which time he left to create McHenry Hohnen; a concept of biological farming, grape growing and winemaking.
David's wealth of knowledge and experience, his grassroots approach to winemaking and his love of biological agriculture have guided the foundation and winemaking objectives of McHenry Hohnen wines.
His focus has always been on creating top quality wines through natural, organic and biodynamic methods.
David's philosophy is that "if the grapes are grown in the right way from the start, the wine will essentially make itself."