Cellar D’or Winery Tours is owned and operated by Busselton couple Geoff Hard and Cherri Brown who live in a wonderful part of Busselton called Port Geographe.
Geoff developed his appreciation of fine wines when he was a young man in his early twenties. Back then Claret, a red wine sometimes of dubious quality, Moselle and sparkling white party type wines for ladies were the popular choice for a lot of Australian wine drinkers.
“Wines have improved in quantum leaps since then in Australia thank heavens as some of them were pretty rough” says Geoff. The Margaret River region here in WA, have developed some of the finest in the world and renowned for their excellent quality and consistent vintages.
Cherri has a background in journalism, tourism, office administration and has also run several premium wine liquor stores in the leafy suburbs of Perth. Her appreciation of fine wines developed from an early age when her father established a small vineyard in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales which was eventually absorbed into The Rothbury Estate. Wine was a given with a meal in her household and was discussed and drunk with the family and friends around the dinner table for many years.
Geoff says it has been a natural progression for them both to now be involved on a daily basis with the Margaret River Wine Region. He believes he has finally found his niche, combining his natural gregarious nature with touring the vineyards and proudly showing travellers the many distinguished wineries the region has to offer while sampling their very fine wines.