Articulation of the specialness of the environment is part of the farmer’s creed: drawing food and wine from the land a magic trick that requires dedication, labour, faith and a strong and supple spine capable of both weathering hardship and flexing with change.
It’s not easy. Farming is most often a choice of hereditary – being born to the land – or the vehicle that drives a source for meaning and connection beyond the material.
Many of the wine farmers you will meet on Margaret River’s Organic Wine Trail have come to the work as a result of the latter; the realisation of a life worth more than electricity bills and the salaried job required to pay them.
Through passion and a ferocious one-eyed focus, they’ve built their commercial plots upon the foundation of a dedicated organic and biodynamic practice. No chemicals. No pesticides. No easy answers.
There is lots of wonder, though. Satisfaction when nature and man harmonise. This trail is an inside-the-beating-heart experience. Go and discover the wildness of these wineries, vineyards and market gardens. Drink the wine. Eat the food and take home the produce.
But most of all – talk. Ask questions and exchange stories. The Margaret River Organic Wine Trail offers the best kind of new tourism adventure; a highly personalised experience you can construct through conversation and curiosity.
Of course we’re happy to provide the framework. Take this itinerary as a starting point. Mix and match destinations. Or visit them all. Do the tours. Stay on site. Drive slowly with your car windows down and hear the bird song on the way. Slow roads, connecting a slow approach, which will lay down for you a deep well of understanding and good memories from the Margaret River Region.