When you drink Bunkers wines you’re embarking on an adventure full of discovery! Taking their name from Cape Naturaliste, a pristine peninsula in Western Australia’s Margaret River, Bunkers combines two of the region’s greatest attractions, surfing and wine. Their wines are named after Margaret River surf breaks, including Windmills, Honeycombs, Bears, Lefthanders and Guillotines.
All tastes are covered with the wines ranging from zippy Semillon Sauvignon Blanc to rich, generous Tempranillo. Serious wines for not so serious people is the Bunkers promise.
Tell us about Bunkers.
Tempranillo is our number one passion, which makes us Margaret River pioneers. We planted Tempranillo over 14 years ago and were one of the first in the region.
Who are the people behind Bunkers?
The Calneggias are the owner-operators, a family with almost three decades of wine industry experience. Mike Calneggia started with Selwyn Wines where he came up with a new “Wine on Tap” dispensing system, followed by the establishment of vineyards and the construction of a winery. Along with his wife Sally, Mike bought his first vineyard in 1994, at the same time developing other vineyards across Margaret River’s northern area. The years that followed saw Mike and Sally concentrate on selling their fruit to major regional brands including Evans and Tate. In 2008, they were joined by their daughter Amy who became the marketing and direct sales manager. Then in 2010, they took the step of becoming wine producers, launching the Bunkers range. Today, the Bunkers vision and drive are provided by Amy and Sally in close association with winemaker Brian Fletcher.
What does the future hold for Bunkers?
Bunkers aims to be more than just a wine brand, creating a lifestyle product, which requires thinking outside of the box. Enhancing the wine collection is a range of jewellery, t-shirts and artworks created in collaboration with local designers including Alison Cotton from Joveeba, Pippa McManus, and Dianna Monastra from Three Anjewels. In the future, the hope is to expand this range into swim and surf wear. Of course, innovation in the winery is ongoing and the experimentation with more alternative varietals is another future goal.