Meet the Maker – Introducing Picardy

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Our beautiful region has plenty to offer including some of the most reknowned wine makers in Australia.  We will introduce all our winemakers in a series of “Meet the Maker” blogs, starting with our friends at Picardy Wines.

The Pannell Story.

Picardy is one of Australia’s leading premium boutique wine producers, established in 1993 in the Pemberton region of Western Australia. Picardy is owned and operated by Bill, Sandra, and Dan Pannell. Bill and Sandra were pioneers of the Margaret River region, establishing Moss Wood vineyard and winery in 1969. Moss Wood went on to be a driving force in establishing Margaret River as one of Australia’s important growing regions. Picardy strives to continue this tradition of wine making quality and excellence. Dan has grown up in the wine industry and completed a Bachelors of Science (Oenology) at The University Of Adelaide.  Picardy produces Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz 


The Picardy vineyard is situated on a gentle north facing slope at an altitude of 300 metres and 35 kilometres from the Southern Ocean. The site was specially selected by Bill Pannell for its well-drained loam/gravel soils. Bill felt that this site would be perfectly suited to the production of high quality cool climate wines; in particular Pinot Noir.

Picardy wines are vintaged and bottled by the Pannell Family in their Pemberton winery, where their attention to detail and hands-on approach is reflected in their vinification..  During harvest, there is minimal transfer time between vineyard and winery, thereby allowing the grapes to arrive in perfect condition.

In the winery, all wines are handled minimally and gently. Great wines are made in the vineyard and are only finessed in the winery. The Pannells believe the wines should be a true expression of the vineyard’s terrior and potential, rather than winery manipulation.  The purpose built winery was designed by Bill and Dan based on their combined forty years experience, for the production of small batches of premium wine.

Tall Timbers prides itself on being able to showcase this collection of excellent wines.  The Pannell’s full range of wines can be tasted and enjoyed in house or purchased takeaway or delivered.

What we love right now…

Our beautiful and diverse Southern Forests Region includes the towns of Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole and their surrounding areas.  Within this region we have an ever growing and exciting wine region that is becoming recognised not only within Australia but also internationally for producing award winning wines.

Here at Tall Timbers we have the very difficult job of tasting above mentioned wines!  Here is what we are loving right now…

Pemberley Pinot Gris

A first for this region, and perfect for the summer months, crisp, light and full of tropical fruit flavours.  An easy to drink wine perfect for sitting in the Tall Timbers court yard with a few friends! Just try stopping at one bottle…