Two lovers of wine, Paul Byron and Harold (Ralph) Dunning joined forces with business specialist Rose Eveson, vigneron Andrew Lane and winemaker Luke Eckersley to form Byron & Harold. With more than 65 years combined experience in the Australian wine trade, they meticulously seek out parcels of wine that they know Australian wine lovers would love to drink. Based in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, and with the assistance of their young, energetic, local winemaker, Luke Eckersley, Byron & Harold deliver wines with flavour, wines that are true to their variety – wines with provenance.
Luke (winemaker), why did you choose to base Byron & Harold in the Great Southern region of Western Australia?
It’s the ideal environment here in Great Southern to craft truly sensational wines. The deep, rich soils, combined with the cooling Southern Ocean breezes allow for a long, even ripening period in the vineyard. This is what it is all about – warm days with cool nights that deliver to us wines that express unique regional and varietal characters with finesse, elegance and definition.
Where did the label name 'Rose & Thorns' come from?
"But he who dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose" – Anne Bronte The Rose & Thorns wines are named after the founding partners of Byron & Harold – three thorny fellows of good humour and strong vinous heritage and Rose, the loquacious and good natured foil who keeps them all focused and pricks them on to greater efforts to producing stunning wines in the glass.
Did you know...
The 'Harold' in Byron & Harold also owns and operates a cattle stud at the Upper Allyn in the Barrington Tops just north of Newcastle. So while all our winemaking and sourcing is based in Great Southern we also have very strong Hunter Valley ties.