Jeffrey Charles Burch was born in 1948 in South Australia, growing up in the Adelaide Hills with the National Forrest as his backyard and the vineyards of South Australia just a stone’s throw away. He developed his love of wine when moving to Western Australia with his parents, where he would drive down to Margaret River in the late 70’s to surf. Here he was drawn to the lure of wine and the wine country that encompasses one of Australia’s most acclaimed regions. Wine was to become a big passion and commitment for Jeff after a varied and interesting career as a patrol officer in Papua New Guinea, developing businesses in Australia, Indonesia, and USA.
In 1988 he purchased the first property and named it Leston Vineyard after his father and mentor, Leston Burch. The vineyard was purchased with the aim of producing Margaret River fruit, establishing firstly Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Shiraz.
Always intending to develop Howard Park as a sustainable wine company, Jeff has advanced Mt Barrow in Mt Barker, Great Southern – now delivering the quality of fruit needed for the Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot and Cabernet for Howard Park wines and MadFish wines.
To the company’s vineyard portfolio, Jeff has added the Abercrombie vineyard in Mt Barker. This was planted in 1975 with the old Houghton Cabernet Sauvignon clone, and as such it has become the backbone of the icon wine of Howard Park, the Abercrombie. A more recent addition to the company’s vineyard properties is the Allingham Vineyard in the Southern Margaret River region. This makes a total of 177 hectares from the two regions of Great Southern and Margaret River, both of which make up the back bone of Howard Park wines.
Jeff has worked tirelessly towards pursuing excellence in all areas of Howard Park to ensure that the label’s fruit resources are sustainable and under the family control for the future. As the Owner of Howard Park Wines, Jeff is deeply committed to wine excellence and embraces the mantra of “no compromise” when it comes to all ingredients that make up the final glass of Howard Park.