We are a family run business located in the Porongurup Ranges. Peter Thorn fell in love with the Porongurup and Stirling Ranges whilst on a climbing trip in 1947 with his YMCA mates. On his first look at the panorama of the Stirling Range he said to himself “This is the most beautiful place in the world”. He knew from that moment he would live here one day.
In 1988, Peter and his late wife Lesley purchased the property in Porongurup after a discussion about ”a tree change”. They gave up their busy city lives for the peace and tranquility of region. Over the years Leslie, a talented artist, did many beautiful paintings inspired by the property. Her artwork features on the Millinup Estate Wine labels and in both of the cottages. The already established vineyard was an opportunity for Peter to start his wine making business Millinup Estate Wines. The vineyard brings in a small yield which allows Peter to sell his wine locally, to guests and to passers-by.
In 1993 Peter had a dream to create a cricket field on the ridge top of this magnificent property. The result is possibly the most scenic cricket field in Western Australia. With a backdrop of the ancient mountain range and a skirt of trees surrounding the field, it is truly an inspiring location to play cricket.
In 2007 a devastating fire swept through the Porongurups. Its full fury was unleashed on Millinup Estate burning every square inch of the land. Miraculously the buildings were saved. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes the opportunity arose for Peter and Michael to extensively plant native wildflowers. The result is 40 acres of indigenous species covering the upper slopes of the property creating a sea of colour during the spring flowering.
Michael was born the year that Peter bought a property on the south side of the Porongurups, so his childhood was deeply embedded in the magic of the karri forest and granite peaks of this ancient mountain range. Michael now lives on the property. He is carrying on Peter”s dream as he feels the same strong connection to the landscape and loves sharing it with people. Peter has finally retired at the spritley age of 92 and now lives in Albany.