We established House of Cards in 2011 after we returned to Yallingup from travelling overseas where Travis completed vintages in New Zealand and Canada. Ever since then we have thrown everything into creating a brand which reflects our passion for creating single vineyard wines of exceptional quality.
We produce about 50 tonnes of our own fruit each year from our 12 hectare vineyard in Yallingup. We grow sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, merlot, shiraz, malbec, petit verdot and cabernet sauvignon. We already grow 3 different clones of cabernet sauvignon and are looking at experimenting with clones of different varieties in the future. We believe that to create beautiful wine you must first start with fruit of outstanding quality. We use organic sprays, cover crops and mushroom compost throughout the vineyard to helps us produce the best fruit possible while also focussing on environmental sustainability. We are currently in the process of becoming a certified organic vineyard.
Our wine is hand made by us in our winery using traditional winemaking practises including hand plunging and manual basket pressing. Our wines change each year depending on vintage conditions and different winemaking trials that Travis conducts in the winery. Being single vineyard wines however they all have a remarkable sense of place which can be seen from year to year.
We love what we do, we get to live in paradise with our gorgeous boys and create an amazing product that people love. We don’t have plans to get bigger… just better each year. We hope you love what we do as much as we love doing it.
Elizabeth, Travis, Patrick and Jesse Wray
After 5 years in the Royal Australian Navy as a Clearance Diver, Travis decided to study Viticulture and Oenology at Curtin University and graduated in 2007. He has honed his Winemaking and Vineyard knowledge working in Margaret River for Amberley Estate, Vasse Felix and Fermoy Estate and overseas during vintages at Waimea Estate (Nelson, NZ) and Sumac Ridge (Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada).
This young winemaker is innovative and utilises best known practises as well as experimenting with small batches and blocks to ensure that he is one step ahead of the rest. Travis is very competitive and strives for perfection in the vineyard and winery. He hopes you enjoy his ripper wines!
Elizabeth graduated from Curtin University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and Graduate Diploma in Education. She was a Primary School teacher for three years before being convinced to go on a 16 month wine odyssey with Travis through New Zealand, USA and Canada visiting all the major wine regions and taking notes.
Elizabeth has been involved with the wine industry for a number of years. Hardworking and charismatic, Elizabeth is the driving force behind House of Cards marketing and sales. You will often catch Elizabeth and her little boys in cellar door.