The fledging colony of Western Australia was established in the early - 1830s. Half a decade later, Houghton Wines was established in the region and so, it is one of the oldest operating wineries in Australia. It was founded collectively by three British officers and is named after one of them, Lt. Colonel Richmond Houghton. The first commercial vintage of the wine, a mere 25 gallons was released in the year 1859. It received its first award, the ‘Order of Merit’ in 1880 at the Great Melbourne Exhibition. Since its establishment, Houghton has had just 13 winemakers, under whose leadership it has bagged many laurels. In the year 1922, 16 - year - old Jack Mann began training under his father as an apprentice and went on to lead and supervise 51 consecutive vintages of the winery. The Houghton White Burgundy, a marvellous creation by Jack was first crafted way back in 1937. Till date, it is a favourite among many Australians and is now sold as ‘Houghton White Classic’.