The Perfect Day Out

Discover and devour the region’s finest

Discover the renowned gourmet delights of Margaret River during a Progressive Lunch with Margaret River Chauffeurs while you savour, sit back and relax.

A progressive lunch has to be the best way to sample great food and wine in the region, particularly for those short on time, looking for a lunch with a difference or looking for a new way to experience the region’s finest attractions.

Imagine, at 9.30am, being picked up from your accommodation in a luxury European car with a private chauffeur for a day of discovery.

Begin with a beach-side coffee stop at Surfers Point, where you’re captivated by the expansive sky and magnificent ocean views as soon as the car rounds the last bend on Wallcliffe Road. This is where the world-famous Margaret River Surf Pro is held each year.

A short drive into Margaret River township allows you to wander through the John Miller Collective and longingly gaze at his beautiful jewellery designs plus other artists work including ceramics, sculptures, woodwork and watercolours.

Then to your first culinary stop for an intimate tasting of wine-matched canapés as your entrée at Leeuwin Estate, one of the founding five wineries of the region.

The drive into Leeuwin is as impressive as their award-winning wines, a meandering road flanked by tall timber Eucalypts with glimpses of the vines in between. The restaurant’s bi-fold doors seamlessly carry the outside in as does the glass-covered roof added during the restaurant’s recent refurbishment. Step out onto the sweeping verandah with its impressive views over the manicured gardens, expansive lawn and the permanent stage that hosts some of the region’s most prestigious events. During a guided tasting, savour five stunning wines and matched morsels that’ll put your appetite into gear.

Feeling a little more relaxed, soak up the rays of sun that flicker through the canopy of trees as you’re driven north on Caves Road to Amelia Park Wines.

Upon arrival, from the outside, the separate buildings are fairly non-descript. That soon changes as the ‘Get Smart’ vault-like sliding doors open up to reveal a dimly lit barrel room with that unmistakable heady aroma of oak, then another set of heavy sliding doors open to reveal the cellar door tasting area, flooded with light from floor-to-ceiling windows and commanding views of undulating vine-covered hills and pastures beyond. Wow! It’s worth a stop at Amelia Park for the architecture alone.

After a wine tasting, you venture to the restaurant for your main meal, ordering from the seasonal menu, a difficult choice for even the most discerning foodie. The restaurant setting is just as impressive with the same stunning view of the vineyards.

 

After a delectable main course and glass of Amelia Park wine, you meander a short distance through farmland and vineyards to Aravina Estate for dessert. Either take a place at the tasting counter, wander through the Hampton’s style homewares store or marvel at the vintage collections in the sports car gallery and recently opened WA surf museum.

Once seated on the pretty white-fenced terrace, there are more captivating views – a gazebo, a lake, and beautiful gardens filled with blooming hydrangeas, camellias, roses, native bush plants and of course, in the distance, vines.

With your chosen dessert, you’re served a glass of matched Botrytis Semillon. You’re feeling very content with life and the wonderful day you’ve enjoyed.

However, there’s more to come… just around the corner at Yallingup Cheese for tastings of locally made artisanal cheeses and curds. It’s an added bonus to discover that Goon Tycoons wines and Wulura Olive Oil also offer tastings on this Abbey Vale Estate. With your considered purchases in hand, you make your way out and then sink into the car’s leather seats, as your Margaret River Chauffeur’s host asks you if you’d like to stop at Gabriel Chocolates, and without hesitation you say ‘yes’.

A chocolate maker converting cocao beans imported from renowned producers around the world into chocolate bars, Gabriel’s artisan chocolates are the perfect way for your taste buds to end the most delectable day.

As you are chauffered back to your accommodation around 5pm, you chat about what your favourite moment was. Are you able to choose?

Margaret River Chauffeurs signature experience, The Progressive Lunch is a unique journey indulging in everything the region is renowned for with a professional host, in ultimate comfort and in style.

Dianne Bortoletto

About Dianne Bortoletto

Dianne Bortoletto is a food and travel writer, a regular contributor to Your Margaret River Region magazine and published in Italianicious, Luxury Travel, OUTthere, IN (LAN inflight), RedBull.com, Lightfoot Travel and Broadsheet. She’s been commissioned to write for Tourism Australia, Tourism WA, Perth Convention Bureau and Rottnest Island Authority. Dianne knows her way around the kitchen, wishes she could surf, pretends to keep fit and loves the sound of fast cars. Her other loves include a Greek named Zorba, a Westie named Bella, the Margaret River region and all things Italian. She's an ex-chocoholic and is shamelessly addicted to travel and proper coffee. Having travelled the world, Dianne knows how good we have in the Margaret River region. You can follow her adventures on her blog Travelletto.com / Instagram: @travelletto / Twitter: @travelletto

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