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Peter Fogarty’s wine business has become Western Australia’s biggest producer. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Fogarty takes gold medal

Entrepreneur Peter Fogarty’s wine business has become Western Australia’s biggest producer, leapfrogging Accolade Wines to put a locally owned company at the head of table for the first time since 2009.

The rise to the top of Fogarty Wine Group, which produced 6 million litres in the 2017 vintage (up around 3 per cent on the previous year), has taken 21 years since the business’s founding at the Millbrook Winery in Jarrahdale.

Since then, production growth and key acquisitions such Deep Woods and Smithbrook have boosted the business, in which Mr Fogarty has been more closely involved in recent years than the early days when he ran ticketing technology group ERG.

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Volume of wine produced

3rd-Burch Family WinesNFP
4th-Treasury Wine EstatesNFP
5th↑Calneggia Family Vineyards1,500,000
6th↓Ferngrove Vineyards1,500,000
7th↓Vasse Felix1,350,000
100 wineries ranked by total volume of wine produced (litres) 2017

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