Snake + Herring

Snake and Herring was founded in 2011 by two wine industry junkies, Redmond “Herring” Sweeny and Tony “Snake” Davis. Compelled to walk away from their professional roles at the same time, Redmond and Tony decided to embark on a journey to create their own wine label. Over a parcel of epic Porongurup Riesling, an idea began to form. Many late-night texts were exchanged and early morning vineyard rendezvous arranged and before long Snake + Herring was created and a Porongurup Riesling born.

Like a good wine, Redmond and Tony are a well-balanced team. Tony tends to be dreamy, geeky, moved by the magnificence of science in wine. Capturing and bottling the best of fruit from each site and vintage really ignites him. Redmond has an agricultural and accounting background as well as a forklift driver’s ticket and he’s not afraid to use it. He knows the market, he knows how to sell wine and thankfully he has a cracking palate.

This partnership has seen Snake + Herring achieve great success, with their latest triumph being the opening of Yarri Restaurant + Bar Dunsborough with Sal Davis and awarded chef Aaron Carr at the helm.
The journey continues!

We view the South West of WA as a viticultural treasure map, with vineyard jewels scattered throughout.
Our winemaker Tony applies this eternal curiosity and new-world thinking to the entire winemaking process, using Snake + Herring as a vehicle to explore often overlooked styles and regions. By working with less conventional combinations of region, sub-region and variety, we create wines that are both delicious and memorable. Through hand-picking, natural fermentation and minimal additions, we create wines that express their individual sites and styles with minimal winemaker influence.

We work with diligent and passionate grape growers who share our love of beautiful wine and sustainable practices. We avoid insecticides and herbicides and focus on soil structure and improvements using mulches, non-chemical nutrients and minimal tillage. Some of our vineyards are working towards reaching organic and biodynamic certification and have our total support.
Oh, we also like music – so we named our wines after songs that are significant to us. And we’re excited about bringing you more.