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Hamelin Bay Wines

Monday to Sunday 10.30am to 4.45pm
McDonald Rd, Karridale WA 6288
Turn into McDonald Road from Brockman Hwy and travel to end of the road.
  • Free Tastings
  • Licensed
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor seating (beer garden, alfresco)
  • Lunch
  • Cellar Sales
    Cellar Sales
    Brewery & Winery that offers Cellar Sales.
  • Dine In
    Dine In
  • Disabled Access
    Disabled Access
  • Dog Friendly
    Dog Friendly
  • Open for Business
    Open for Business
  • Seated Tastings
    Seated Tastings

Hamelin Bay Wines' cellar door and restaurant sits on a peaceful valley slope overlooking the vines, an idyllic lake and rolling hills surrounded by Marri forest. The award-winning wines reflect the essence of the sublime natural environment and the unique microclimate of the southern Margaret River wine-growing region.

Hamelin Bay Wines in the Margaret River wine region was established by the Drake-Brockman family in 1992.  The family-run vineyard near Karridale is now also home to a cellar door and restaurant.

Margaret River’s world-class wine region is located in the South West of Western Australia.  Surrounded by ocean, the area is blessed with a maritime climate; wet winters and mild, dry summers.  Fine wines, abundant local gourmet food, pristine beaches and majestic forests combine to make the region a favourite tourist destination. 

Ancestral ties with the area date back to the first European settlement.  Owner Richard Drake-Brockman is the great-grandson of Grace Bussell, whose family first settled in the Margaret River region in 1830.  Grace is famous for her courage as a 16 year old when in 1876, with Aboriginal stockman Sam Isaacs, she rescued the survivors of the ‘Georgette’ shipwreck at Redgate Beach.  Richard's great-grandfather Frederick Brockman, known for his exploration of the Kimberley, read about Grace’s feat in the newspaper and was so impressed he rode 300km on horseback to meet her!  This romantic tale ended happily when they married in 1882.  In a stroke of serendipity, Hamelin Bay's vineyard and winery are fittingly located at the intersection of the Brockman and Bussell Highways, which were named in honour of these two pioneering families. 

Dr John Gladstones, Margaret River’s founding father and Australia's leading viticultural research scientist, was approached by Richard to seek his opinion, prior to him acquiring the property.  Dr Gladstones said Karridale showed great potential given its cooler location and the availability of well-drained gravel soils.  He said he now preferred the southerly areas of Margaret River to the northerly Wilyabrup region having realised that the nearby Southern and Indian Oceans give the southern subregions such as Karridale a moderate maritime climate year-round.  As awareness of rising climatic temperatures grows, there is increasing recognition of the cooler southern Karridale sub-region of Margaret River. 

Hamelin Bay Wines unique Five Ashes vineyard is one of Margaret River’s most picturesque vineyards.  The moderate maritime climate and a north-facing ridge of prime gravelly loam soils are ideal for premium quality grape growing.  The exceptional wine produced reflects these superb natural attributes of the 26-hectare vineyard.  The Whites are positioned on a cool Easterly slope with soils varying from prized Forest Grove gravels to Karri loams, whilst the Reds are situated on a warmer North-facing slope beneath the cellar door on deep, dark gravel loams.  The Whites exude freshness and elegance, and the Reds have restrained power and depth, both with distinctive and intense characters specific to each particular variety, block and site.  From the very first vintage, Hamelin Bay Wines has won awards thanks to the outstanding terroir influenced by perfect gravel soils, select aspects, and cool moderate maritime microclimate.

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My wife and I had lunch here today. Good size portions of spaghetti and fish and chips and nice wine to go with it. The staff were so friendly and the view of the valley was amazing. We'll be back. William Meredith
Well my daughter and i had the ploughmens platter,was good, but Richard was so arrogant, as we went there on Sunday to check it out, he couldn't crack a smile or even acknowledge anyone at all, my husband said we won't be returning soon, as we spent $360 there, and he couldn't even come out when my husband asked to see him. The staff sas awesome and the wine, but food is mediaoka, and this was celebrating my 60th Birthday 😥 Cornelia Wittek
Picturesque view and peaceful. Wine and food offering was perfect! Lovely and friendly team! Enjoyed a delicious lunch with our doggo :) Xanette Martin
Me and my family had lunch at this beuatiful place on Monday 21.09.2020. Great view, wines are amazing and the food is great. We will defintley visit this place again. By the way great customer service too! 😊 Palate of Two
View was stunning, service great very friendly. Salt & Pepper squid did not disappoint, curry and pulled pork okay. Would go again :) Janine Oliver
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