Heritage and the Hogan family
Xabregas was founded by Terry Hogan, and the family heritage is continued by son Paul.
Terry would argue that the estate should concentrate only on producing Shiraz, which was always, and very clearly, the wine he favoured.
“I am sure Shiraz is the wine that they serve in heaven, if not then I’m going to need to find alternative lodgings for eternity" - Terry Hogan OAM
Terry’s youngest son and the person now driving the development of the vineyard, is Paul Hogan.
Of course, Paul is madly passionate about Riesling
“There is serious discussion between my father and brothers as to what constitutes our best wines, but I know that Riesling has true nobility." - Paul Hogan
The Xabregas viticultural team is equipped to tend the vineyard in a clean, green and sustainable manner and at the same time, focus on producing fruit to specification. Says a team leader, "We grow wine, not grapes. It sounds strange, but when you walk into this vineyard, it is all about how the grapes taste not about how the vines look."
When the wines are grown to maturity, and ready for the harvest, the wines are made under contract at Plantagenet by Chief Winemaker, Luke Eckersley.
After completing a Bachelor of Science in Oenology and Viticulture at Curtin University of Technology Luke travelled to Europe and the USA to gain valuable international wine making experience before returning to Western Australia to pursue his career and passion for winemaking.
Luke has worked at Forest Hill and Rockcliffe before being appointed Chief Winemaker at Plantagenet Wines.