“I spend my entire time in the vineyards during harvest season, because that’s where the important decisions are made and you have to get them right.”

Cliff Royle

Flametree Wines

The Towner family established Flametree Wines in 2007 with a bold vision: to become a world-renowned winery, producing exceptional quality wines with a laid-back style and elegance.

From its first vintage, Flametree hasn't disappointed. Flametree made its mark winning the esteemed Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy in 2008 for its inaugural red wine. The following year they were again finalists. Its success has continued with a string of awards and acclaim from critics and consumers alike.

While other wineries focus on single vineyards, Flametree’s approach is to showcase the sub-regional terroir the Margaret River region has to offer. Focusing on the cooler regions for its Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs and the warmer regions for its Cabernet Sauvignon varietals, Flametree reveals the unique characters and flavours the region has to offer.

A decade on from its first vintage, Flametree has certainly realised its vision, cementing itself as one of the country’s leading premium wineries.

Winemaker - Cliff Royle

Flametree’s chief winemaker, Cliff Royle has an intimate knowledge of Margaret River, having worked in the region for more than two decades. Prior to joining Flametree in 2009, Cliff was Chief Winemaker at neighbouring winery Voyager Estate. It was here, in 2003, he was awarded Winemaker of the Year by Winestate Magazine.

Cliff is a wine purist at heart. He eschews over-interference from oak and winemaking artefact, preferring to highlight the essence of regionality and varietal. And the results speak for themselves.

Cliff is considered and wise in his approach to winemaking. He places a strong emphasis on sourcing the right vines and building strong, respectful relationships with partner growers.
 
Master of Wine, Andrew Caillard may have said it best; Cliff..."is regarded by critics as one of the most gifted winemakers of his generation”. If you’re yet to try one of his wines, what are you waiting for?