Yokel produces fun lov’n yet seriously good-looking wines from the Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine region.
Going back now, the Whadjuk Noongar people have lived in the region for over 45,000 years. They believe the Wagyl, a dreamtime serpent, carved out the land and waterways, and still lives hidden in the Swan River today.
Swan River Colony was established in 1829 & the first vines were planted very next year. From here it went booming along. Mostly southern European families grew the vines for wine, table grapes & dried fruit
Still today, the Swan Valley wineries are mainly small family-run businesses. However, the increased clearing of land for agriculture and housing has harmed native wildlife and fauna.
Western Swamp Tortoise- Yokel’s Mascot
The Western Swamp Tortoise native to the waterways of Swan River but is currently the most critically endangered reptile in Australia.
It is cute with a yellow-brown or black shell, short neck covered in knobbles and webbed feet with claws. It is not your everyday tortoise, and that’s why it’s our mascot and friend of Dormilona.
The Tortoise is our Yokel. The country bumpkin that is coming to the big smoke to get up to some mischief. Set in the 1920’s as this the era that the vines were planted for these wines.
With every bottle of the Yokel wine sold, a dollar will be given back to our little mascot and donated to the hard-working initiative Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise and the amazing breeding program at the Perth Zoo.
For more information about the Western Swamp Tortoise or to visit it at the zoo: