House of Cards, a small family-owned-and-operated vineyard was victorious at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards. The organic winery’s 2022 Ace of Spades Chardonnay beat more than 18,000 global wines to claim the competition’s top accolade ‘best in show’, cementing its position as a leading producer of world-class Chardonnay in WA. Decanter World Wine Awards is known for showcasing the finest wines across the globe and is highly respected throughout the winemaking industry. Vineyard owners Travis and Elizabeth Wray started House and Cards in 2011 and have put their heart and soul into the whole business, following their creative passion. House of Cards is an organic winery and a family-run business that is centred around family lifestyle and values. Travis and Elizabeth have three sons who actively participate in the winemaking, picking the fruit, helping mum and dad while also playing on the amazing playground on the property. Elizabeth Wray said that winning this award meant a lot for their business but also for the Margaret River region and organic farming. “It gives us great scope to expand into wholesale and export sales, but it also cements the loyalty of our customers who been coming to us for the last 12 years now.,” Mrs Wray said. “It cements Margaret Rivers position as an amazing chardonnay-producing region of the world and promotes organic farming as a style of farming that can produce incredible results.” Mrs Wray said the main reason they wanted to make the change to organic farming was because of their children. “Our little boys would be out with us picking the fruit and they’d be playing and running through the vines, eating the grapes, so for us to have the healthiest vines possible for our kids was pretty important step,” she said. “Organic farming has a lot of health benefits, we believe its a better way of farming and much more sustainable,” Travis Wray said. “The vineyard is in such a good spot now and it’s the best it’s ever been, obviously it’s a lot more expensive to run and that’s why it’s nice to win an award like this and highlight all our efforts.” Travis and Elizabeth said they were both extremely grateful to win this award and would definitely be celebrating with a glass of their award-winning chardonnay.