StoriesThe latest ideas for discovering Your Margaret River Region

Wine & Wineries
08/04/2017

Terroir: Discover the pristine environment which helps our wines to thrive

Terroir is defined as the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced. Factors such as the soil, topography, and climate all feed into what we consider terroir in a region, a sub-region or individual site. From the first studies of Margaret River…
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Wine & Wineries
05/04/2017

Where to begin? Top tips for visiting wineries for the first time

Visiting a wine region can be a daunting task. It might be the thought of wine tasting at a cellar door for the first time or the sheer volume of wineries that call this region home! To get the best out of any wine region…
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Wine & Wineries
01/04/2017

How to taste wine

While most of us drink wine, not all of us feel capable of tasting and talking about it. A thought looms that we need to know the etiquette, the drill, some routine or procedure that will unlock the vault. It can all seem too much.…
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Wine & Wineries
04/01/2017

Wine voices: – Julian Scott, Winemaker, Flametree Wines

“For me surfing big waves is what I like to do. Margaret River is unique for that when you talk about the wine as well. It’s a special place. What’s amazing is the diversity of varieties. On the same vineyard, perhaps a different aspect, you…
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Wine & Wineries
28/12/2016

Wine voices: Lara McCall, Winemaker Burnside Organic Farm and Three Boys

“Originally we chose varieties (Zinfandel and Vermentino) that we liked drinking. Zinfandel: we were inspired by David Hohnen and what he did at Cape Mentelle (and now at McHenry Hohnen) and knew you could experiment and make it in different ways. Varieties also suited to…
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Wine & Wineries
21/12/2016

Wine voices: David Hohnen, McHenry Hohnen & The Farm House

“With a third generation of winemakers we’ve got a culture of wine; people who socialize together that are winemakers. I think that's really positive. I see a younger generation of winemakers turning their backs on what I saw as way too much science in winemaking. …
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Wine & Wineries
14/12/2016

Wine voices: Steve Martin, Viticulturist, Stella Bella

“I really enjoy gardening and that's what this is, on a grand scale. I cut my teeth at Leeuwin Estate working with John Brocksopp who’s been in the industry for a very long time; just Leeuwin’s second Viticulturist. Then David Winstanley, the current Viticulturist over…
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Wine & Wineries
07/12/2016

Wine voices: Seth James, Executive Chef, Wills Domain

“When we put together a menu it’s more a reversal, being a winery restaurant: sitting down looking at the wine with Bruce (the winemaker) we’ll go over the wines. Bruce has a wealth of knowledge.” “When we come up with a dish I’ve got the…
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Wine & Wineries
09/11/2016

Wine voices: Brian Devitt, Winemaker & co-founder, Ashbrook Estate

"We were only the tenth vineyard in Margaret River. It was the pioneering days but we were confident about its future. The people who were here at that time were people I’d describe as dedicated wine people who were driven by the idea that they…
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Wine & Wineries
02/11/2016

Wine voices: Claire Tonon, Sommelier, Voyager Estate

"I think we’ve got it pretty good here. I’d like to say that I would love to live in every single wine region in the world, just from a purely academic point of view. You can never get enough knowledge and the only way you…
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