From the first commercial vineyard planting in Margaret River in 1967, the region’s natural assets have blended with the ability of the vignerons and winemakers to create a wine region that is one of the best on the planet.
The pristine environment and the many micro climates ensure that every wine is special but not one is the same. A journey through Margaret River’s premium wine region is sophisticated yet relaxed, authentic and unique. Meandering from cellar door to cellar door is easy and spectacular with vistas of farmland, wine country and the coast. If you have a look at the Margaret River wineries list you’ll find over 95 cellar doors.
The diversity ranges from farm-style to architecturally elaborate, many of which have casual cafés ranging to world-class restaurants. Take a quick look at the regional map and you’ll see that the cellar doors are easy to find and close together. Or totally immerse yourself in the wine region with a night or two at some of the winery accommodation on offer. All of this is easy to get to as it is only 3 hours’ drive south of Perth.
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Located on Caves Road in the Wilyabrup Valley, the Stormflower vineyard was first planted in 1995 and has recently been restructured to improve vineyard soil and plant health. With a focus on fruit quality rather than volume, Stormflower will only ever be a very small…More about Stormflower Vineyard
Hay Shed Hill is located in the heart of the Wilyabrup Valley – the premier sub-region of the Margaret River – where the first vines were planted and the great tradition of Margaret River wine began. Hay Shed Hill is part of a small and…More about Hay Shed Hill Wines & Deli Cafe
Wise Vineyards, the most northern vineyard in the Margaret River region, is situated in a truly unique setting at Eagle Bay. We invite you to enjoy our award-winning wines complemented by a gourmet meal of modern Australian Cuisine, all experienced with our spectacular back drop…More about Wise Vineyard Restaurant
Swallows Welcome is a family owned and operated winery located just south of Margaret River. It is Margaret Rivers smallest Winery and the owners are more than happy to give you a free personal vineyard and winery tour, that lasts around 30 minutes. While you…More about Swallows Welcome Winery & Art Studio
The Margaret River Wine Association is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the Margaret River wine region and represents its members in all wine industry matters. The charter of the Association is to do all that it can to protect, develop and maintain the Margaret River…More about Margaret River Wine Association
Situated in the heart of this magnificent wine producing region.Island Brook Estate is home to the Haywood family.Approximately 1,000 cases of hand crafted wines produced annual.Visit our very quaint and quiet cellar door and try our delicate, yet fruit driven wines. Island Brook Estate has…More about Island Brook Estate
We invite you to take a closer look at Voyager Estate by joining us on our Estate tour. Step behind the scenes, share some of our stories and discover who and what make Voyager Estate tick. You will be able to visit Australia’s largest underground…More about Voyager Estate Tour & Tasting Experiences
RESTAURANT | CELLAR DOOR | EVENTS XANADU WINE Xanadu Wines is a family owned winery purchased by the Rathbone family in 2005. With a strong focus on producing premium wines that reflect the true characteristics of the Margaret River region. In an idyllic setting in…More about Xanadu Wines
Cape Lavender began life in 1999 in the beautiful south west corner of Western Australia and it is here that we still grow our lavender used in our hand made products and produce. For centuries man-kind has used lavender to relax, soothe and heal. Ancient…More about Cape Lavender Tea House
The friendly cellar door staff offer samples of both the Clairault and Streicker wines. Clairault | Streicker Wines is a family of premium wines, crafted from grapes harvested from our privately owned vineyards in the Margaret River Wine Appellation of Western Australia. Since 1976 we…More about Clairault | Streicker Wines
A winemaking venture of David Hohnen, one of the pioneers of the Margaret River Wine region and his fine wine retailing brother-in-law, Murray McHenry. The McHenry Hohnen winemaking ambitions reflect over 40 years’ involvement in grape growing and winemaking in Margaret River and their philosophy…More about McHenry Hohnen Vintners
Ashbrook Estate was established in 1975, and is still owned and operated by the Devitt family, whose motivation is unchanged – to make the best possible wines at affordable prices. With abundant technical expertise, a rare and highly sought after location, an ideal climate and…More about Ashbrook Estate
Vasse Felix was established in 1967 and is Margaret River’s founding wine Estate. The Vasse Felix Cellar Door, Restaurant and Art Gallery take in sweeping views of the Margaret River’s pristine landscape and the region’s oldest vines. Everyone is welcome to indulge their senses with…More about Vasse Felix
Organic dry grown Zinfandel. Small hands on production. Certified organic and biodynmic. 15 year old vines. Cherry, plum and red berry fruit, good acidity and mouth filling. Find out why the wine has a cult following and sells out each year. Only available online, direct…More about Burnside Organic Farm Wines
The land now occupied by the Woody Nook Wines estate was formerly home to a sawmill and sleeper cutters. In 1978 Jeff and Wynn Gallagher, wishing to make a change from their floor-covering business in Perth, purchased the property with a vineyard in mind and…More about Woody Nook Wines
Wills Domain Winery has stunning panoramic views of the vineyard through to the rolling hills of the Gunyulgup Valley. The alfresco deck is arguably the best spot to have lunch in the entire Margaret River wine region. Why not stay awhile at Wills Domain. Soak-up…More about Wills Domain
The Grove is a unique experience like no other in Margaret River. Established in 1995 and situated next to its own man made lake, it produces a range of magnificent top shelf spirits, liqueurs and traditional ales. Sample some of the best product our distillery…More about The Grove Experience
Fermoy Estate is an Australian winery at Wilyabrup, in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia. Established by John and Beryl Anderson in 1985, it was named in honour of one of John Anderson’s ancestors, a Scottish-born businessman who acquired part of Fermoy estate,…More about Fermoy Estate
Evans and Tate, one of Australia’s leading producers of premium wines, based in the Margaret River area, which is one of the New World’s finest appellations. Evans and Tate Margaret River wines are renowned for their elegance, finesse, style and complexity. With over 20 years…More about Evans & Tate
Aravina Estate, established in 2010 by Perth businessman Steve Tobin is located on Thornton Road, Yallingup in the northern corner of the premium wine-growing region of Margaret River in Western Australia – close to the town of Dunsborough and the famed surf at Yallingup. The…More about Aravina Estate
Fraser Gallop Estate is a boutique, premium wine producer located on Metricup Road, Wilyabrup, in the Margaret River wine region – 165 acres of undulating land with 50 acres under vine. The soils are rich, gravelly loams with clay sub-strata. These provide us with the…More about Fraser Gallop Estate
The property comprises over 100 hectares, 21 hectares under vine, and fronts the primary tourist route of Caves Road, linking the townsites of Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup in the north with Margaret River and Augusta in the south providing access to the majority of the…More about Laurance Wines
3 Oceans Wine Company is one of Australia’s youngest premium wine companies and the Cellar Store Cafe is a fusion of wine, lifestyle and food. Sample the best of our wines with freshly prepared local produce at the 3 Oceans Cafe. 3 Oceans Wine Company…More about 3 Oceans Wine Company – Margaret River
Lenton Brae is a small winery owned and operated by the Tomlinson family where the philosophy of the Tomlinsons is simply to produce the finest wines that this unique region makes possible. Bruce, until recently,managed the vineyard while Jeanette manages the administration and sales and…More about Lenton Brae Estate
Planted in 1969, Moss Wood is an important, founding estate of the Margaret River wine region, located in the northern sub-region of Wilyabrup, Margaret River. Chief winemaker, viticulturist and proprietor, Keith Mugford has been making the wine and tending the vineyard at Moss Wood since…More about Moss Wood
Just less than 5km out of Margaret River Township, Watershed has something for everyone. Offering our 3 wine ranges at different price points – Shades, Senses and Awakening, to be enjoyed at our cellar door for tasting or in our Award Winning Restaurant over-looking the…More about Watershed Premium Wines
Palmer Wines team aim to excel in producing the ultimate wine to be enjoyed by epicureans from around the world. Palmer Wines’ food is simply outstanding in every way! Our Master Chef selects only the best produce to create his tempting delights. Sourced from produce…More about Palmer Wines
Just a short drive down Quininup Road, nestled amongst the tall trees of the Clairault ridge is the breathtakingly beautiful Arimia Estate. We invite you to taste our award winning wines that combine traditional Margaret River varieties while embracing European winemaking influences. Estate grown olive…More about Arimia Estate
We aim to create an enduring family business which will override the fashions of the wine markets by making decisions based on the goal of producing the best quality wine from the varieties best suited to our chosen location We are trying to replicate the…More about Victory Point Wines
A Brief HistoryWinemaking began on the Cullen property in Margaret River more than 40 years ago. Studies in the early 1960’s showed that Margaret River had some very special qualities. The climate was particularly suited to growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. On the advice of…More about Cullen Wines & Restaurant
Thompson Estate is a family owned and operated boutique vineyard located in the heart of the renowned Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. Wilyabrup has the ideal number of sun exposure days per year for optimal ripening, and is surrounded by sea on three sides on…More about Thompson Estate
Mead has long been associated with revelry and romance, and was consumed on special occasions such as weddings and honeymoons. The term ‘honeymoon’ got its name—from the drinking of honey wine for a full cycle of the moon after the wedding. Horst and Alex Bernhagen…More about Blackwood Meadery
At Brookland Valley we know that great wines are made in the vineyard. We are committed to using the best viticultural practices and vinification to retain maximum fruit flavour and complexity. As well as beautiful wines we also have our gallery of wine arts for…More about Brookland Valley Vineyard
Becketts Flat winery and vineyard cottage are located at Metricup in the heart of the Margaret River wine region. The cellar door, winery and self-contained holiday cottage overlook a meandering brook to the vineyards. A small family-run operation, proprietors Bill and Noni Ilic are both…More about Becketts Flat Winery
Wine is a voyage – of exploration, discovery and enjoyment. And it is most enjoyed when accompanied by wonderful food. We invite you to experience our Discovery Menu, and come on a journey that reveals our story through six carefully matched wine and food courses…with…More about Voyager Estate Restaurant
Knotting Hill Estate…Why Knot? The cellar door and vineyard are owned and operated by the Gould family. Established in 1996 Knotting Hill Estate is one of Margaret River region’s newest boutique Cellar Door and is a “must see” on your next trip around the winery…More about Knotting Hill Vineyard
Adinfern Estate has established a large wine list, designed for a broad range of tastes. From Wool to wine. Merv and Jan Smith welcome you to Adinfern Estate. Continuing on the family tradition, we have farmed our Cowaramup property since 1972, primarily for fine wool…More about Adinfern Estate Winery
At Silkwood wines we believe great wine can only come from healthy vines grown in good soil with the right climate. This critical combination imparts a depth of flavour and character that cannot be imitated. Silkwood is located in the Pemberton region of Western Australia…More about Silkwood Wines
Needing some quality time with the family or maybe a romantic getaway? The Grove Experience offers an excellent blend of accommodation that guarantees comfort and absolute enjoyment. Self contained, and secluded with modern comforts, gas log fires, DVD/CD players, air-conditioning, dishwashers, microwaves and laundry facilities….More about The Grove Accommodation
Cannot make it to the Cellar Door? We can deliver our wines to your door across Australia. Check out our website www.tassellparkwines.com or email us email@example.com for more details. A selection of our wines are also available at selected retailers in both Western Australia, Victoria,…More about Tassell Park Wines
With a passion for perfection, we have devoted ourselves to creating high quality wine which provides the wine-drinker the ultimate sensory experience. Located in the premium location of the Margaret River wine region, Rainforest Vineyard enjoys the tranquility of the Carbanup River that meanders through…More about JQK Wines
Wherever our wines are enjoyed around the world today they invariably impart a tangible trace of their idyllic place of origin – warm southern climes, ancient soils, healthful vines and years of skilled hands-on viticulture and winemaking For over a quarter of a century we…More about Pierro Margaret River Vineyards
The Flametree Winery is located on the picturesque shores of Geographe Bay in the Margaret River Wine Region of Western Australia. Award winning wine maker, Cliff Royle, selects exceptional quality fruit to produce beautifully hand-crafted wines with unique flavour, structure and depth. The stunning beach…More about Flametree Wines
Treeton Estate occupies a superb location in the heart of the famous “Margaret River Wine Region”, known for it’s maritime climate, fine soils and long ripening season. Treeton Estate wines are carefully handcrafted to achieve distinct varietal characteristics and consistently fine quality We invite you…More about Treeton Estate
Churchview is medium sized family owned and operated vineyard/winery. Wines are made under the management of renowned wine maker Bill Crapsley. Plantings began in 1998 and are continuing with new and exciting varieties such as Marsanne, Viognier and Grenache. The completed estate will produce 60,000…More about Churchview Estate
MONGREL CREEK is a small family owned vineyard situated on the outskirts of Dunsborough in the Margaret River Wine Region Our primary focus is on producing quality wine at an affordable price THE CREEK The seemingly tranquil creek that first attracted us to the property…More about Mongrel Creek Vineyard and Wine
Download the FREE Winery Explorer app from iTunes and kiss maps and brochures goodbye! Winery Explorer is the creation of founder Elise – a wine enthusiast and supporter of local businesses. Winery Explorer app is the first and most comprehensive winery tour companion. Now considered…More about Winery Explorer
With its pristine maritime environment and ancient, gravely-loam soils, Coward & Black Vineyards has more than 16 acres of established plantings, just minutes from some of Margaret River’s finest producers – including Vasse Felix, Howard Park and Cullen’s. Coward & Black’s stunning rammed-earth cellar door…More about Coward & Black
All our wines are single vineyard, estate grown, and harness the synergies of old vines, meticulous viticulture and the art of finest winemaking. The regionality, the special terroir of the site and hand crafting, combine to create elegant wines of great presence, sitting comfortably amongst…More about Heydon Estate
Lamonts Smiths Beach opened the first week in February and incorporates a fabulous wine store and deli, trading 7 days 8am to 7pm (10am- 6pm Sundays) serving espresso coffee, casual breakfasts, a terrific range of premium wines at competitive bottleshop prices as well as a…More about Lamonts
At Wulura Farms we have 6000 carefully nurtured olive trees that produce extra virgin olive oil of the finest quality. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is gradually gaining recognition as a flavoursome alternative to butter, margarine and other crop oils. Long recognized as part of…More about Wulura Farms
Peacetree Estate was established in 1995 with the planting of 180 olive trees at the same time as our vines Three generations of Tuckers, Jane, John, and their sons Ben,Jake,Nathan,Sam and John’s father Neville and his wife Joan, who were over for the Christmas holidays,…More about Peacetree Estate
Rosily entered naval service at the age of 14 and joined the 1772 French expedition that discovered Kerguelen Island.He then accompanied Saint Allouran to examine the west coast of Western Australia On 30 March 1772 at Shark Bay, Saint Allouran claimed possession of south-western Australia…More about Rosily Vineyard
Brygon Reserve Wines are vintnered amongst the vineyards and glorious, soft rolling hills of Margaret River, some 300 kilometres south of the Western Australian capital, Perth. The winery is located on a 7.5 hectare vineyard (first plantings were in 1998) and employ world leading, state-of-the-art…More about Brygon Reserve Wines
Brookwood Estate is at the forefront of modern wine production whilst upholding traditional techniques, achieving outstanding results from a dedicated team that represents over 100 years of experience in the wine industry. Our focus is on biological viticultural practices, which promote healthy and balanced systems…More about Brookwood Estate
The Credaro family first settled in Margaret River in 1922 as a pioneering family to the region, after migrating from Northern Italy. Initially involved in farming and the timber industry, small plots of vines were planted to provide the family with table wine. Cesar Credaro…More about Credaro Family Estate
Settlers Ridge is a small winery but with a philosophy to produce quality wines first and secondly, as a bonus, to produce a fully accredited Organic Wine. In October 1999 Settlers Ridge opened Tasting Rooms in the small village of Cowaramup, welcoming organic wine converts…More about Settlers Ridge Organic Wine
Established in 1973 by David and Heather Watson, Woodlands is one of Margaret River’s first five wineries. Woodlands produces wine from its two vineyards, both located in the Wilyabrup Valley of Margaret River. The original Woodlands Vineyard is located on Caves Road, while the Woodlands…More about Woodlands Winery
THE FARM HOUSE, Margaret River is a Artisan Butchery, Smokehouse and Smallgoods Maker. Our ARKADY LAMB and BIG RED PORK is available at some of the finest restaurants. You can also find us at Margaret River’s regular Farmers’ Markets or at Blue Ginger on Station…More about The Farm House Margaret River
Visitors to The Berry Farm are welcomed by tastings of their scrumptious range of fruit jams, preserves, sauces, condiments and vinegars, alongside the truly unique range of fruit wines, sparkling wines, liqueurs and fortifieds all crafted in on the farm. The original settlers Cottage Cafe…More about The Berry Farm
Wines include both dry and sweet wine styles as well as a large range of ports. It is the outstanding quality and consistency of the award winning Gralyn wines that is continuing to earn the Estate both national and international acclaim. The unirrigated vineyard is…More about Gralyn Estate
Cape Mentelle, established in 1970, is one of the founding wineries of Margaret River. While pioneering many of the region’s renowned wine styles, Cape Mentelle also consistently serves as a benchmark for the quality of Margaret River wines. Accolades including consecutive wins of Australia’s most…More about Cape Mentelle Vineyards
Small, privately owned micro vineyard, featuring a cellar-door with Garden cafe. With a range of wines built on a reputation of being full-flavoured, affordable, quality and most of all…fun to enjoy. After all isn’t that what wine is for! The cafe has a yummy selection…More about Swooping Magpie
One of the great little wineries of Margaret River, family owned and operated by the Karri- Davies, whose family have been part of the South West since 1875. Robert Karri-Davies is a great-grandson of M.C. Davies of Karridale, Timber Baron, builder of the Leeuwin Lighhouse…More about Cape Grace Wines
The Vineyard Frog Choir is a truly unique, small family run vineyard, located in one of the premium viticultural areas of the world, the renowned Margaret River. The vineyard enjoys a unique macro climate, as the refreshing sea breezes from the nearby Indian and Southern…More about Frog Choir Wines
Swings & Roundabouts is based in the northern end of the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia. The cellar door is situated on a vineyard located at 2807 Caves Rd, Yallingup. Sourcing premium fruit from our own, shareholders and contract growers vineyards, we produce…More about Swings & Roundabouts
To the south of Cape Naturaliste, in a picturesque valley behind Smith Beach nestles Cape Naturaliste Vineyard. The valley?s rich variety of soil types, the coastal aspect, and our biodynamic philosophy – work together to give our wines character and depth. Our view is based…More about Cape Naturaliste Vineyard
Our itineraries change daily. We will take you in style to see some of the best Wineries, Breweries, Artisans, Explore Magnificent Scenery & Indulge in some of the finest Culinary Delights on offer. Vineyard Tour and Barrel tasting with the wine maker an option with…More about As U Like It Tours of Margaret River
We welcome visitors to our scenic property to taste our wines at cellar door, learn a little about the gourmet delicacy and if you like purchase some of our hazelnuts and truffle oils. During harvest time, between June and August, we provide visitors with the…More about The Wine & Truffle Company Manjimup
Barwick Wines produces a range of award winning, great value wines that beautifully reflect the diversity and strength of fruit from its three regional vineyards in Margaret River, Pemberton and Blackwood Valley. Barwick Wines ‘Red Shed Cellar Door’ is nestled amongst the rolling hills of…More about Barwick Wines
Swathed in lush ivy and greenery, the rustic wooden Cellar Door, Bar and Restaurant is perched high on a rolling ridge, overlooking the enchanting manicured gardens and forested hills and valley, rising in the near-distance. Here you can relax, soak up the glorious, peaceful natural…More about Howling Wolves at Rivendell
Anniebrook takes its name from the small creek that meanders through the property on its journey to the Indian Ocean. This unique family business is a working sheep farm and in 1986 we diversified into grapes and started to produce fresh flowers for the export…More about Anniebrook Wine & Flower Emporium
Award winning winery and vineyard. In December 2005, the Mathews family acquired the long-established Hopelands Vineyard located in the pristine Margaret River wine region. During 2006 we decided to completely rework the vineyard, requiring many hours of physical labour. The vines were cut right back…More about After Hours Wine
Stella Bella Wines is a small, passionate winery with a modern and creative approach to producing wines of elegance, beauty and purity of varietal expression located in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. Stella Bella Wines evolved from the fusion of a trinity of…More about Stella Bella Wines
Cellar dOr Winery tours run every day from 10.30am to 5.30pm and includes pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation, visit 5 pre-booked award winning wineries, beer tasting and gourmet platter lunch at a unique microbrewery, a side trip to the Natural Olive oil Soap Factory,…More about Cellar dOr Tours
Windance Estate is a Boutique Vineyard producing award winning wines Windance estate has the very best of Margaret Rivers well drained gravel loams, renowned for premium wines. Located in picturesque Yallingup, situated between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. The vineyard incorporates environmentally friendly methods, supporting…More about Windance Estate
Juniper Estate is a producer of premium wines in Wilyabrup, the heart of the Margaret River winegrowing area It is one of the oldest vineyards in the area, originally planted in 1973 Old vines from the original plantings are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Riesling, with…More about Juniper Estate
The West Australian Prendiville family proudly owns Sandalford Wines. Operating from two properties including our Margaret River vineyard, Sandalford was founded in 1840 in the Swan Valley. Today the main source of grapes comes from the Margaret River Estate located in the famous Wilyabrup Valley….More about Sandalford Wines
We only grow Merlot here – why because we love it! Smooth velvety tannins, rich berry flavours with subtle hints of coffee and chocolate – there’s an awful lot to love. We are passionate about our beautiful wines and gorgeous frogs and love to celebrate…More about Bonking Frog Wines
With nearly 40 years producing premium WA wines, Capel Vale is a leader in international and national distribution. A family owned and operated winery with mature vineyards in Geographe, Margaret River, Pemberton & Mount Barker. A consistent award winner across their three ranges and all…More about Capel Vale Winery & Restaurant
Grace Farm has a special location within the Wilyabrup sub region of the Margaret River wine-growing district of Western Australia. The property is bounded by Caves Road to the east, Cowaramup Bay Road to the north, the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park to the south and private…More about Grace Farm
In February 2005, Deep Woods was purchased by Perth businessman Peter Fogarty and his family and, together with the iconic Lake’s Folly vineyard in the Hunter Valley, Millbrook Winery in the Perth Hills and Smithbrook in Pemberton, forms part of the Fogarty Wine Group. Deep…More about Deep Woods Estate
As a family operated West Australian boutique vineyard and winery, Leeuwin Estate is particularly proud to be named amongst the great wines of the world and be firmly placed on the international stage. Leeuwin wines continue to receive outstanding accolades in the international arena. Leeuwin…More about Leeuwin Estate Winery
This unique Centre is situated in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Region, about three hours drive from the capital of Western Australia, Perth. You are invited to begin your Margaret River experience with us. Each day we conduct comparative tastings and showcase featured…More about Margaret River Regional Wine Centre, Liquorbarons
Proudly family-owned & operated, we have one of the most comprehensive wine tasting experiences on offer in Western Australia. Let us guide you through a tasting of everything from methode traditionelle sparklings made in-house, to fresh & easy drinking MadFish, to Howard Park (including some…More about Howard Park & MadFish Wines
Situated in the heart of the Margaret River Wine region, Island Brook Estate offers guests a piece of paradise. Renowned for delicate wines and secluded chalets, a well deserved break from the hustle and bustle of every day life is only a phone call away!…More about Island Brook Estate & Chalets
Our Winery is located in Willyabrup in the most south western corner of Australia. Willyabrup is often referred to as the “Golden Triangle” of wines in the prestigious Margaret River Wine Region. The early pioneers of wine decided Willyabrup would produce the finest wines, and…More about Harmans Estate
Swathed in lush ivy and greenery, the rustic wooden Cellar Door, Bar and Restaurant of Howling Wolves and Rivendell Estate is perched high on a rolling ridge, overlooking the enchanting manicured gardens and forested hills and valley, rising in the near-distance. Enjoy a culinary journey…More about Rivendell Estate Restaurant
A relatively small producer of Australian wine, the region produces a massive 20% of Australia’s premium wine.
How it all started
During the 1960’s Dr. John Gladstones, an agronomist with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture, identified the area around Margaret River and northwards as far as Yallingup and Vasse as sites for a premium wine region. Gladstones held a public meeting in Busselton in 1966 and later the next year in 1967, cardiologist Dr. Tom Cullity planted the first commercial vineyard at Vasse Felix, Margaret River.
Land approximately three hours south of Perth and west of the line of longitude 115° 18′ east is in the Margaret River Wine Region. This area is defined by Gladstones Line, (pictured) and the coast.
Founding wineries of the region appeared in the 1970’s and it seemed to be a trendy business to get into if you were a doctor! The Margaret River Wine Industry Association (known then as the Margaret River Grape Growers & Winemakers Association) was founded in the late 1970’s and was incorporated in 1982.
Today there are over 215 wine producers ranging from niche growers producing 3.5 tonnes to the largest growers producing approximately 10,000 tonnes.
As one of the world’s most isolated and pure wine regions in the world, Your Margaret River Region is characterised by superb growing conditions for many wine grape varieties.
Grape Growing Conditions
Defined as a Mediterranean climate the region enjoys similar growing conditions to that of Bordeaux but has the added benefit of being influenced by the Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean and Geographe Bay. This maritime influence on three sides of the region tempers extremes of weather, creating mild wet winters and warm dry summers.
The region has mild ripening conditions which is also very important for wine quality. The prevailing weather travels across thousands upon thousands of kilometres of pristine ocean, ensuring that the weather is nothing but pure. The soils are diverse from sandy Jindong soils to the gravelly loams undulating through the Wilyabrup Valley. These contribute to the ‘terroir’ of the region and allow the vines to be well drained and thrive.
Many micro-climates ensure that every wine is special but not one is the same. All of this characterises the Margaret River Wine Region as an excellent wine growing region which consistently produces high quality grapes from which it produces premium wine.
Margaret River Wine Region is internationally recognised as a premium producer of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. It also produces a signature style of wine with the blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
Wines of the region
- Cabernet Sauvignon – Wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon were the first to win acclaim in the Margaret River Wine Region for their consistent high quality. Virtually every winery produces a Cabernet, although Merlot is an increasingly common blend component.
- Shiraz – There was some conjecture within the Australian wine industry about the future of Shiraz in the Margaret River Wine Region with results of late solidly indicating it has a true home here. Various styles can be present with everything from medium bodied spice and pepper to rich full bodied fruit driven wines available.
- Chardonnay – Chardonnay seems to acquire a unique extra dimension in the Margaret River Wine Region. The varying range of this particular style of wine is usually a pleasant surprise for visitors to the area.
- Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon – Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are aromatic varieties producing white wines with fresh citrus, lemon blossom and stone fruit flavours. Sauvignon Blanc Blanc is also known for its herbaceous characters. The intensity and elegance are hallmarks of these blends from the Margaret River Wine Region.
Wines emerging in the region are Verdelho and Pinot Noir (for sparkling wine production), Pinot Gris and Tempranillo.
When the grapes reach optimal flavour and sugar maturity, known as baume, the grapes are harvested. This occurs in late summer to early autumn and is a very busy time in the vineyards, especially in the early hours of the morning!
The year in wine
Spring brings warmer temperatures which see the grapevines break their dormancy. Known as ‘bud burst’, bright lime green shoots emerge from the vine’s buds. Grapevines are now actively undertaking the ‘grand period of growth’ where masses of shoot and leaf material is produced. In late spring, the grapevines produce inflorescence that flower to produce grapes.
Summer & Autumn
During mid to late summer the grapes go through a ripening process known as veraison where the sugars accumulate, berries soften and red varieties begin to colour. When the grapes reach optimal flavour and sugar maturity, known as baume, the grapes are harvested. This occurs in late summer to early autumn and is a very busy time in the vineyards, especially in the early hours of the morning! Grapes for sparkling wine production, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, are harvested earlier at a lower sugar maturity, than those grapes used to produce dry red wines that are harvested later.
After harvest, the vines are maintained so that they can store reserves and enter dormancy for winter. Then everyone has a big rest!
Does it make your mouth dry, are there chewy or grippy tannins on the palate? Wine aroma and flavour is diverse, so think about what comes to mind and you’ll probably be right!
So how do you really taste wine?
The first thing is to take a look at the colour of the wine. Are the whites a light straw colour, or golden yellow? Are the reds a pale red or rich burgundy, plum or dark red? Next smell the wine and think about what aromas come to mind. Then have a taste, push the wine to the front of your mouth then back to get the most out of it and think of the texture. Does it make your mouth dry, are there chewy or grippy tannins on the palate? Wine aroma and flavour is diverse, so think about what comes to mind and you’ll probably be right! Remember it’s best to taste the wines in the order they’re presented and if you’re not sure about anything ask the knowledgeable cellar door staff.
When you find a wine that you just love you can buy a bottle then and there – or if you don’t want to carry it around, ask if the winery offers a home delivery service. With over 95 cellar doors open for tasting and sales the best tool to plan your wine tasting journey is with the Margaret River wineries map.
At some wineries you can taste a pre-release wine, museum wines, and increase your appreciation with barrel room and tutored tastings.
So much more at the cellar door
There’s so much more you can do at the cellar door. At some wineries, the person behind the cellar door may just be the winemaker. You might like to theme your visit to the region specifically tasting particular wine varieties (known as varietal tasting) and experiencing the different subtleties between the different wineries.
You might like to book in for a vertical tasting offered at some wineries. This is where you taste the same wine but different vintages, discovering the nuances of growing season conditions, style evolution, wine making variations and bottle age.
At some wineries you can taste a pre-release wine, museum wines, and increase your appreciation with barrel room and tutored tastings.
And for the ultimate Your Margaret River Region food and wine experience, indulge in a degustation with sommelier matched wines.
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