Situated only four kilometers from the town center of Margaret River and an equal distance from the magnificent coastline, Xanadu is a true pioneer of the region with a long history of producing wines with distinct character that embody all that is the Margaret River. The estate was established by Dr. John Lagan, an Irishman, who arrived in Margaret River in 1968 and was inspired by the pioneering spirit of the region. At the time, the potential of the Margaret River as one of the world’s finest wine-producing regions was only just being considered. So less than a decade on, Dr. Lagan and wife Eithne established one of the region’s earlier vineyards, planting his first fines in 1977. Lovers of literature will remember Xanadu as Samuel Coleridge’s mysterious, idyllic, exotic city and home of the Kubla Khan. Dr. Lagan, himself a great literature enthusiast, drew parallels between Coleridge’s visions of utopia and his newly adopted home, and thus the name Xanadu was born.
After their success at Yering Station and Mount Langi Ghiran, the Rathbone family looked to expand into Margaret River and purchased Xanadu Wines in 2005. The clear direction under Rathbone ownership was to focus on quality. Winemaker Glenn Goodall joined Xanadu in 1999 and took on the role of Senior Winemaker in early 2005. His passion and dedication for the vineyards and the wines, and a commitment to encouraging a strong team spirit, has allowed Xanadu to thrive. His philosophy is to guide the wines through to the bottle, rather than ‘beating them into submission. Xanadu continues to be a family owned and operated winery dedicated to producing wines of quality and distinction that reflect the true characteristics of the Margaret River region.