About Kyotmunga Estate
Kyotmunga Estate, a 32 acre property, with 300 mandarin trees, was purchased in 1996 and the first vines and olive trees were planted in 1997. The cellar door was opened in November 2003.
The name Kyotmunga has historical significance
as it is the first recorded place name in the Chittering area.
When the owners were deciding on a name for the property, they
noticed the name Kyotmunga was listed on all the maps of the area.
Kyotmunga was an official place name, the owners
contacted the Department of Land Administration (DOLA), as it was
then called, to find out more. DOLA advised that the location of
Kyotmunga had been on the maps of the area since 1836 and was named
Fletcher Moore, who was the lieutenant-governor of Western Australia
at the time and owned a property near the present day Brigadoon.
He was an explorer of note (hence Moora and the Moore River) and
on one of his explorations
through the Chittering Valley, he found delicious water in two
small wells and his Aboriginal companions named the location Kyotmunga.
The owners understand that the word Kyotmunga in the local Indigenous
language means place of water. To maintain the historical significance
of the name, the WA government has named the walk trail delineated
on the North-East Corridor Extension Strategy Plan the Kyotmunga
Trail (see Local Attractions page for further details and map).
The willy wagtail, which is the small bird depicted on the Kyotmunga logo, is also synonymous with the area and local folklore has it that this small bird gave its name to the locality of Chittering, which is derived from the Aboriginal word, chitta-chitta, meaning place of the willy wagtails.
Our wine dogs, Princess and her offspring,
Snowy, both short-haired Jack Russell terriers, provide a warm welcome
Kyotmunga Estate is open
to visitors on weekends and public holidays from 11:00am to 5:00pm
from April to December (other times by appointment). Groups and
coaches are welcome, but bookings are appreciated.