Margaret River, Western Australia
Moss Wood is a premium wine producer located in the Wilyabrup sub region of the Margaret River Wine region of Western Australia. The area is regarded as one of Australia’s finest grape growing regions.
Moss Wood was established in the Margaret River region, in 1969 by pioneer and visionary Dr Bill Pannell (father of Stephen Pannell who is now making wine in McLaren Vale). It was Bill Pannell who selected the Wilyabrup property for the suitability of its soils and aspect, his selection is truly one of the finest vineyard sites in Australia. Bill and his wife Sandra’s vision for Moss Wood was to create a purist winery dedicated to the production of site specific fine wines. For over forty years the unwavering vision for Moss Wood has been that of uncompromising quality, constantly seeking to produce perfect fruit and flawlessly great wine.
In 1979, after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Oenology at Roseworthy College in South Australia and then vintages at Tullochs (1977) and Orlando (1978), Keith became Moss Wood’s winemaker. In 1984, the newly married Mugfords leased the Moss Wood vineyard and winery and became managing partners. During this year the sale of the property was negotiated and in July 1985 the Mugfords assumed full ownership.
Clare and Keith Mugford enjoy the challenge of consistently producing high quality wines at Moss Wood. All decisions made in the vineyard and winery are based on the effect they will have on the quality of the wine.