Snake + Herring

Western Australia | Margaret River

Our Review

Tony (Snake) Davis and Redmond (Herring) Sweeny both started university degrees before finding that they were utterly unsuited to their respective courses. Having stumbled across Margaret River, Tony’s life changed forever; he enrolled at the University of Adelaide, thereafter doing vintages in the Eden Valley, Oregon, Beaujolais and Tasmania, before 3 years at Plantagenet, next Brown Brothers, then a senior winemaking role at Yalumba, a six-year stint designing Millbrook Winery in the Perth Hills and 4 years with Howard Park in Margaret River. Redmond’s circuitous course included a chartered accountancy degree and employment with an international accounting firm in Busselton, and the subsequent establishment of Forester Estate in 2001, in partnership with Kevin McKay. Back on home turf he is the marketing and financial controller of Snake + Herring. Exports to the US. -JAMES HALLIDAY


Soul Searching
The Snake + Herring brand is a wine safari searching for remarkable grapes from West Australian Vineyards to showcase quality regional styles and single vineyard wines.
The Search has begun. That is what the logo represents.

You will meet two personalities that work at the "coal face", a snake and a herring.
Snake (Tony Davis – Winemaker + Navigator)
Many misspent weekends during university started with a brisk run in a touch football team. After a couple of months the side step and wriggle through opposition defences had developed sufficiently to impress my teammates (low standards obviously) who coined the moniker “Snake”. It stuck through the rest of my studies and touch footy season culminating in a hard won premiership (King Snake) and a knee reconstruction (Broken Snake).
Herring (Redmond Sweeny – Wine Purveyor + Navigator)
One of the best experiences at University is the winter break. It was four weeks. Like most busted ass uni students we did what was required to rustled up a dime. I chose to sit on a tractor for two weeks solid sowing a wheat crop in the cold depths of the Great Southern of Western Australia.
The next two weeks with cash in the pocket was the much awaited surf safari to the North West of Western Austarlia.
On the first safari north with uni friends: Yoda, Croater and Happo, my camping gear failed. Alas, the Red Herring was born. The name Herring stuck.
Safari Labels
The Safari Range of wines are designed to explain the spirit and soul of the brand.
As a youngster, Redmond “Herring” Sweeny was fortunate enough to live and grow up in the Kimberley’s region of Western Australia. This forms the reason for putting the Bungle Bungles in the landscape. Redmond’s father built roads for the Main roads department out of Derby. Camping in the bush was a huge part of the culture and growing up in the Kimberley’s.
The homestead is symbolic of Tony’s heritage. Born in Adelaide to a family based in Western NSW, he was the last generation to see the historic sheep station Koralta to the West of Broken Hill. The homestead symbolizes the buildings of the region up to the red soiled “corner country” typified by saltbush, spinifex and Sturt’s Desert Pea.


Cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, riesling.

Cellar Door


3763 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup, WA.


Open 7 days, 11am - 5pm in summer, 11am - 4pm in winter.

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Yarri Restaurant, 7/16 Cryillean Way, Dunsborough, WA.


Regional and indigenous ingredients.

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Stockist Information

Distribution Information

National - Red + White

International Sales Information

USA - Total Wines


Winemaker Tony Davis
Established 2010
Dozens 12 000
Vineyards (area) N/A
Viticulturist N/A
Opening Hours 7 days 11-5 summer, (11-4 winter)
Address 3763 Caves Road, Wilyabrup, WA 6284
Telephone 0427 881 871