a place we choose
The original 1220 hectare property was purchased by Sandy's grandparents, Vic and Netta Lange, in 1946 and initially operated as a mixed grain and livestock farm. It was grandma Netta who chose the name "Alkoomi" for their rugged property, on land over two million years old – a local Aboriginal word meaning "a place we chose".
Their son, Merv Lange took over the property on Vic's retirement, but it wasn’t until 1971 that Merv and his wife, Judy, made the bold decision to plant just one hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and a little Shiraz and Malbec. Following their initial vintage of just 4 tonnes in 1976, the vine worked its magic on the Langes and, instead of just selling their grapes, they decided to make the wine themselves, building a winery in time for the 1979 vintage. Soon Merv and Judy began to taste success with many awards at wine shows around Australia, becoming ambassadors for the emerging Frankland River wine region. In 2005 both Merv and Judy were awarded the WA Wine Press Club's coveted Jack Mann Memorial Medal for their outstanding contribution to the wine industry and for pioneering the Frankland wine region.
The year 2010 saw a change of hands at Alkoomi, and with that some changes in direction. The business is now in the capable hands of Sandy and Rod Hallett, (Merv and Judy's daughter and son-in-law), both of whom have been instrumental in the successful running of the vineyard and winery for many years. Their enthusiasm and passion for Alkoomi, their inherent knowledge of the business, together with far reaching plans and ideas for the expansion of the company, augurs well for the future. Their three daughters, Laura, Emily and Molly have a similar respect and love for Alkoomi and together the family will ensure that the business continues to grow on the strong foundations laid by Merv and Judy some forty years ago.