Wineries

Your Margaret River Region Wineries.

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.

Your Margaret River Region Wineries

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Lamonts

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…

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Lamonts

Palmer 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…

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Palmer Wines

Wulura Farms

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…

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Wulura Farms

Howard Park & MadFish Wines

Proudly family-owned & operated, we have one of the most comprehensive wine tasting experiences on offer in Western Australia. Let us guide you though a tasting from methode traditionelle sparklings…

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Howard Park & MadFish Wines

Xanadu Wines

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…

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Xanadu Wines

The Wine & Truffle Company Manjimup

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…

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The Wine & Truffle Company Manjimup

Frog Choir 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…

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Frog Choir Wines

Brookland Valley Vineyard

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…

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Hamelin Bay Wines

HAMELIN BAY Wines are grown in one of Margaret Rivers most beautiful valleys looking north over the vineyard and a two and a half hectare lake. Also rolling green hills…

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Hamelin Bay Wines

The Grove Accommodation

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…

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The Grove Accommodation

Briarose Estate

The Briarose Estate vineyard was established in 1998 and in the few years since has proven to be a consistent producer of quality premium red and white wines. This commitment…

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Briarose Estate

Cape Grace Wines

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…

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Cape Grace Wines

Whicher Ridge Wines

We welcome you to our farm, our home and our passion – which is growing grapes and making great wines. Enjoy a FREE tasting of our wines while looking out…

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Whicher Ridge Wines

Swallows Welcome Winery & Art Studio

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…

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Swallows Welcome Winery & Art Studio

Flying Fish Cove

Wine Making Philosophy: “Capture the quality of the fruit produced in the vineyard to create an outstanding range of wines showing intensity and freshness, and embrace the best of Margaret…

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Flying Fish Cove

Clairault | Streicker Wines

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…

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Clairault | Streicker Wines

Sandalford Wines

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…

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Sandalford Wines

Settlers Ridge Organic Wine

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…

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Settlers Ridge Organic Wine

Fraser Gallop 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…

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Fraser Gallop Estate

Stormflower Vineyard

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…

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Stormflower Vineyard

Voyager Estate

Explore. . . Discover. . . Enjoy. . . Discover a world of wine through our interactive and fun wine and food experiences. Go behind the scenes with our Estate…

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Voyager Estate

Wine Tourism Showroom

The Wine Tourism Showroom is located inside the Margaret River Visitor Centre at 100 Bussell Highway, MARGARET RIVER, WA

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Wine Tourism Showroom

Thompson Estate

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…

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Thompson Estate

Driftwood Estate

Spread over 100 acres of undulating rich grape growing country – Driftwood Estate has enjoyed international acclaim for its Shiraz and the Chardonnay. A truly unique Winery

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Driftwood Estate

Tassell Park Wines

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 cellardoor@tassellparkwines.com for more details. A…

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Tassell Park Wines

Windance Estate

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…

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Windance Estate

Firetail

FIRETAIL [ ROJE ESTATES ]The red eared Firetail, along with our wines, is of uncommon status and unique to the southwest of Western Australia. VINEYARD [ CELLAR DOOR] We are…

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Firetail

Adinfern Estate Winery

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…

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Adinfern Estate Winery

Arimia Estate

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…

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Arimia Estate

The Berry Farm

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…

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The Berry Farm

Anniebrook Wine & Flower Emporium

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…

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Anniebrook Wine & Flower Emporium

Brown Hill Estate

Visitors are always welcome to sample the quality wines amidst the ambience of the working cellars.

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Brown Hill Estate

Stella Bella Wines

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…

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Stella Bella Wines

Pierro Margaret River Vineyards

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…

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Pierro Margaret River Vineyards

Treeton Estate

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…

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Treeton Estate

House of Cards

Our name House of Cards was inspired by the gamble that winemakers and growers take every vintage – you have to play the hand that you are dealt!Each vintage our…

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House of Cards

Flametree Wines

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…

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Flametree Wines

Voyager Estate Restaurant

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…

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Voyager Estate Restaurant

Killerby Wines

The Killerby Cellar Store is one of Margaret River’s newest cellar doors yet it builds on over 70 years of history in the South West. In the late 1930s, Benjamin…

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Killerby Wines

Capel Vale Winery & Restaurant

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…

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Capel Vale Winery & Restaurant

Cape Naturaliste Vineyard

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…

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Cape Naturaliste Vineyard

Voyager Estate Tour & Tasting Experiences

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…

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Voyager Estate Tour & Tasting Experiences

Swooping Magpie

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…

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Swooping Magpie

Grace Farm

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,…

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Grace Farm

Laurance Wines

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…

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Laurance Wines

As U Like It Tours of Margaret River

Margaret Rivers most Flexible, Personalised Small Group Tour Company. Design your OWN TOUR or choose an existing tour. Tours to suit all – whether you are a regular visitor to…

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As U Like It Tours of Margaret River

Mongrel Creek Vineyard and Wine

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…

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Mongrel Creek Vineyard and Wine

Cape Lavender Tea House

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…

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Cape Lavender Tea House

Rivendell Estate Restaurant

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…

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Rivendell Estate Restaurant

Credaro Family 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,…

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Credaro Family Estate

McLeod Creek Wines

A family owned and run winery with a European feel….

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McLeod Creek Wines

Island Brook Estate

Situated in the heart of this magnificent wine producing region.Island Brook Estate is home to the Haywood family.Approximately 1,500 cases of hand crafted wines produced annual.Visit our very quaint and…

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Island Brook Estate

Windows Estate

The story so far… We are a young family with an incredible passion for the work that we do and an intense belief that through hard work we can continually…

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Windows Estate

McHenry Hohnen Vintners

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…

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McHenry Hohnen Vintners

Cullen Wines & Restaurant

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….

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Cullen Wines & Restaurant

Hay Shed Hill Wines & Deli Cafe

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…

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Hay Shed Hill Wines & Deli Cafe

Knee Deep Wines

The Vineyard was established in 2000 on 34 hectares on Johnson Road. Enjoy free wine tasting in our cellar door and a la carte lunch in our award winning restuarant….

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Knee Deep Wines

Tintagel Estate

The Tintagel is a boutique grape producer from the southern region of Margaret River. The Tintagel vineyard is managed by the Stella Bella Wine Group with fruit from the vineyard…

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Tintagel Estate

Edwards Wines Pty Ltd

In 1990 Mike & Christo’s father Brian, set out on an epic adventure in a tiny Tiger Moth named Matilda, flying solo from England to Australia for charity and lived…

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Edwards Wines Pty Ltd

Watershed Premium Wines

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…

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Watershed Premium Wines

Margaret River with Neil McLeod

EAT DRINK EXPLORE – Margaret River. Full & Half Day Wine Tours; Private & 3 Day Tours available. A visit to Margaret River is a must-do Australian experience, where spectacular…

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Margaret River with Neil McLeod

Coward & Black

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…

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Coward & Black

Cape Mentelle Vineyard Tours

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…

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Cape Mentelle Vineyard Tours

Evans & Tate

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…

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Evans & Tate

Swings Taphouse & Kitchen

Join us for a glass of wine on tap at our new Margaret River location – Swings Taphouse & Kitchen. Our menu is designed for sharing – simple and rustic,…

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Swings Taphouse & Kitchen

Leeuwin Estate Winery

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…

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Leeuwin Estate Winery

Preveli Wines

Preveli Wines is a boutique, family owned vineyard with its cellar door in Prevelly. This coastal hamlet, central to the Margaret River wine region, is famous for its spectacular surf…

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Preveli Wines

Lenton Brae Estate

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…

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Lenton Brae Estate

Bonking Frog 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…

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Bonking Frog Wines

The Farm House Margaret River

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…

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The Farm House Margaret River

Vasse Felix

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…

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Vasse Felix

Churchview 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…

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Churchview Estate

3 Oceans Wine Company – Margaret River

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…

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3 Oceans Wine Company – Margaret River

Nookery Cafe

The Nookery Café, which seats up to 120 people, is set against an impressive backdrop of jarrah and marri forest. It has a rustic, cosy charm, both inside the cottage…

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Nookery Cafe

Silkwood Wines

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…

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Silkwood Wines

Brookwood Estate

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…

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Brookwood Estate

Island Brook Estate & Chalets

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…

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Island Brook Estate & Chalets

Deep Woods Estate

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 and Millbrook Winery…

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Deep Woods Estate

Becketts Flat Winery

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…

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Becketts Flat Winery

Adinfern Estate

We offer vineyard accommodation in two self-contained, tastefully decorated rammed earth cottages – take a leisurely walk through the vineyard to the picturesque dam at the back of our property…

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Adinfern Estate

Rosily Vineyard

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…

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Moss Wood

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,…

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Moss Wood

Wise Vineyards

WISE CELLAR SALES There can be a no more spectacular setting than the courtyard vista of our cellar door. The view sweeps 180 degrees over the lush green valley of…

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Wise Vineyards

Brygon Reserve Wines

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…

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Brygon Reserve Wines

Cellar dOr Tours

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…

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Cellar dOr Tours

Peacetree Estate

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…

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Peacetree Estate

Fermoy Estate

We produce the highest quality award winning wines from our vineyards located in the world class Margaret River wine region. Our vineyards are amongst the oldest in the region and…

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Fermoy Estate

JQK 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…

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JQK Wines

Knotting Hill Vineyard

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…

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Knotting Hill Vineyard

Barwick Wines

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…

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Barwick Wines

Winery Explorer

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…

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Winery Explorer

Swings & Roundabouts

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…

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Swings & Roundabouts

Harvest Tours and Charters Margaret River

Harvest Tours is proud to take you on a unique gastronomic journey celebrating our region’s talented food and wine artisans. Capturing the magic of local ingredients and the passion of…

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Harvest Tours and Charters Margaret River

Juniper 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…

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Juniper Estate

Gralyn Estate

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…

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Gralyn Estate

Margaret River Winemakers

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…

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Margaret River Winemakers

Woodlands Winery

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…

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Woodlands Winery

Heydon Estate

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…

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Wills Domain

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…

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Wills Domain

Aravina Estate

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…

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Aravina Estate

The Grove Experience

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…

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The Grove Experience

Margaret River Regional Wine Centre, Liquorbarons

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…

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Margaret River Regional Wine Centre, Liquorbarons

Howling Wolves at Rivendell

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…

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Howling Wolves at Rivendell

Victory Point Wines

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…

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Victory Point Wines

Ashbrook Estate

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….

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Ashbrook Estate

Happs Winery

The Happs name is synonymous with producing wine. The family name can be traced back to 1849 and a small village called Eltsville on the banks of the Rhine in…

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Happs Winery

Redgate Wines

Redgate Wines is located in the southern half of the famous Margaret River Wine region close to the icons of Leeuwin Estate and Cape Mentelle. Bill Ullinger founded the business…

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Redgate Wines

Blackwood Meadery

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…

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Blackwood Meadery

Woody Nook 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…

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Woody Nook Wines

Cape Mentelle Vineyards

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…

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Cape Mentelle Vineyards

Margaret River Wine Association

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…

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Margaret River Wine Association

Woodlands Winery Tours

Behind the Scenes Tours are available every Tuesday through Friday at 11AM. Meet the Maker Tours are available most Thursdays at 11AM.

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After Hours Wine

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…

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After Hours Wine

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.

Gladstones Line

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

Reds

  • 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.

Whites

  • 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

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.

Winter

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.

Photo: the perfect wine spit by Fraser Gallop Estate winemaker Kate Morgan, captured by The Margaret River Discovery Co.

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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.

Fraser Gallop Estate

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