The Berry Farm Cottage Café as it is known today was originally a group settler’s home circa 1925. Vera Vinall created the cottage gardens from 1946 – 1949, then known as Thornhill Farm. The property was purchased by the Lindsay Family in 1984 and the Berry Farm was born.
The Cottage Café opened its doors in 1985, offering delicious morning/afternoon teas and country style lunches. Initially, home-made jams were produced on a small scale in the cottage until growing demand saw the need for larger production. With the establishment of a small commercial kitchen, additional jams and condiments were introduced. In 1987, a winery building incorporating the tasting area and manufactured goods outlet was opened offering the first fruit wines and traditional fruit wine vinegars.
What started as a quaint farm steadily gained reputation as the best winery in Margaret River, WA. The Berry Farm food and wine products became known throughout the country and beyond for their superior taste and value. The best was yet to come for the farm as the French family purchased the property in 2006 while looking to buy a hospitality business in the area.
The family had been regulars for lunch over the years and was thrilled to find their favourite destination on the market. Rebecca French and fiancé Michael Skivinis made the sea change from Perth to take over managing the business and were married in the cottage gardens the following year. Thirteen years on, they have started their own family with Mikayla, Lucy, Tilly, and Hudson growing up on the farm.
With the help of many original staff members, The Berry Farm continues to grow its reputation for producing exceptionally high quality produce and gourmet goods that are a delight to the senses. The family has many exciting plans to further enhance the attractions and natural beauty of the property.