The Ultimate Food Lover’s Giveaway with Snake + Herring and Yarri


The Ultimate Food Lover’s Giveaway

And 4 reasons you need to win it

In partnership with the legends behind Snake + Herring Wines, Your Margaret River Region is giving away the ultimate food lover’s experience along the region’s iconic Caves Road.

The winner will receive a personalised tasting and tour for two at the Snake + Herring cellar door, followed by a cruise down Caves Road in a 1965 Valiant to a chef selection lunch at Yarri, their award-winning restaurant and bar in the heart of Dunsborough.

Snake + Herring and Yarri Restaurant + Bar

Snake + Herring started life in 2011, when Tony “Snake” Davis and Redmond “Herring” Sweeny became friends at an Auskick game in Margaret River. The pair soon realised they shared dreams of quitting their day jobs and starting a wine label. And, well, that’s exactly what they did.

Davis, the winemaker of the duo, shed light on his alter-ego while speaking with Fleur Bainger for the Your Margaret River Region podcast, Wine Unearthed.

“It’s an old rugby nickname from Adelaide University days,” he says. “I wasn’t a particularly great player, but I could wriggle my way through a small hole in defence.”

Sweeny’s nickname was born from a University surf trip up the north west coast of Western Australia. He shared the full story with Bainger.

“On that trip pretty much everything I took kept breaking – leg ropes, boards, camp gear, you name it,” he says. “It was a bit of a disaster, so my friends kept saying, you know, what’s the next red herring that you’re going to pull out?” By the end of the trip, the name had stuck.

Fast forward to 2020, and their wines continue to garner awards and five-star reviews in the Halliday Wine Companion – not to mention a cult following of local and international wine lovers, who appreciate the duo’s unique approach to wine making (more on this to come).

Not content with turning heads in the wine industry alone, Sweeny and Davis took a second leap of faith, launching Yarri Restaurant + Bar in 2018, in collaboration with award winning chef Aaron Carr and his wife Kym, as well as Rachel Sweeny and Sal Davis, who are also co-owners of Snake + Herring. The group wanted to create a beautiful space where people could enjoy the produce of the region and pay homage to the people and place who call it home.

Here’s why you need this prize in your life

1. It’s a personalised tasting and tour – just for you

The winner of the Ultimate Food Lover’s Giveaway starts their adventure with a personalised tasting and tour of Snake + Herring’s cellar door, paired with a cheese platter and 25 percent off any wines purchased on the day.

When asked what the winner can expect from their tasting adventure, Sweeny says it’s all about being pleasantly surprised.

“You want someone to have a light bulb moment when tasting our wines,” Sweeny says. “We also like to change people’s perception about chardonnay – winemakers today are making chardonnays with such flair, poise and precision. It’s not what mum was drinking.”

Davis and Sweeny describe Snake + Herring as a “wine obsessed road trip”. The pair adventures all over Western Australia searching for lesser-known viticultural sites that yield premium varietals, typically overlooked by more conventional winemakers.

Their 2018 “Dirty Boots” Cabernet Sauvignon is one such example, hailing from the warmer and drier climate of Yallingup, in the South West of Western Australia. Then there’s Karridale, where the cooler, wet weather yields Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Chardonnay for the duo.

Being free to source grapes from all over WA allows Davis and Sweeny to discover underappreciated styles and regions and bring them to life, using grape growers who share their passion.

Snake + Herring wine is created with minimal influence from the winemaker, to ensure each drop boldly embodies the particular site it originates from. Winners will get to experience these unique wines for themselves.

Snake + Herring Cellar Door

2. Music + road trip = best time ever

Taking inspiration from the pair’s “wine road trips”, your personalised tour and tasting at Snake + Herring’s cellar door will be followed by a road trip of your own. You and a friend will be chauffeured down Caves Road in a 1965 Valiant to Yarri Restaurant + Bar, for a chef selection lunch. Along the way you’ll be able to choose a soundtrack for the drive, or let your chauffeur pick the playlist for you.

“There have been many favourite road trip songs for us,” says Davis. “But right now, while I’m pulled over on Muir Highway, it’s “This Is All Yours” by Alt-J.”

Sweeny says he listened to a lot of music on the road in the early mid-nineties, while working on the wheat bins in the Great Southern during uni break.

“Compact discs were just taking off, but weren’t available in a 1977 HX Holden Ute,” he says. “Pearl Jam, The Pixies and Soundgarden were the bands that kept getting fed into that cassette deck.”

Davis and Sweeny’s love for music extends to the wines they create, with each bottle named after a song close to their heart. There’s “Vamos”, a 2017 Tempranillo from the Margaret River region which was inspired by cult-rockers the Pixies, and “Perfect Day”, a punchy 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon a la the Lou Reed classic.

Whatever your jam, you’ll be sure to discover a number of wines that make your palate sing. And if you’re stuck for music ideas on the drive to Yarri, why not make a playlist of all the songs Snake + Herring have named wines after?

3. Food with heart tastes better

The final stop on your adventure is Yarri, a locally-loved restaurant and wine bar established by the amazing team behind Snake + Herring. Your chef selection lunch, prepared by award-winning chef Aaron Carr, will be paired with three Snake + Herring wines.

Carr’s lauded menu is based loosely around the six Noongar seasons, while also drawing on Japanese influences, and of course, fresh local produce sourced from sustainably-minded farmers in the South West region, whom the team have forged close connections with.

Acknowledging the rich and diverse history of the region is important to Carr and his team. The name of the restaurant itself pays homage to the traditional custodians of the land: Yarri is the Aboriginal word for the blackbutt tree, which is native to the area.

Food critic and journalist Rob Broadfield, recently dined at Yarri, and was impressed by the ebullience of the space, writing of ‘one of the finest meals’ he’s had in a while.

“The food has rapier-sharp technique and attention to detail but is delivered without fuss or fanfare… you’ll leave happy”.

Snake + Herring

4. Bring your favourite human

It’s no secret that dining and drinking experiences are a thousand times better with friends, that’s why the prize is for two! Enter below and start planning your getaway.

Entries close on Monday July 20th 2020 (5pm WST).

Of course, you don’t need to win to get a taste of Snake + Herring’s cellar door, so swing by next time you’re cruising Caves Road, cranking your favourite road trip playlist.

The Ultimate Food Lover’s Giveaway

Winner has been announced. Congratulations to Ryan Pavlinovich, WA who has won the ‘Ultimate Food Lover’s Giveaway’.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entries to The Ultimate Food Lover’s Giveaway (the “Competition”) close Monday July 20th 2020 (5pm WST). The winner will be announced on Friday July 24th.
  • Prize is a morning tasting at Snake + Herring Cellar Door, plus a cheese platter and 25% off any wine purchased on the day. Then transport to Yarri Restaurant + Bar in Dunsborough for a chef selection lunch for two.
  • Prize must be redeemed on or before 31 December 2020.
  • Pick up and drop off is within the Margaret River region.
  • By entering this Competition you are indicating your agreement to be photographed on the day, and for these images to be used for marketing purposes.
  • All entries to the Competition will be added to the electronic database of Snake + Herring and Yarri.
  • Anyone who entered the competition before it was paused in March, will be included in the prize draw on July 24th.
Sarah Robinson

Author Sarah Robinson

Sarah lives in Margaret River in a log cabin with her little dog, Scruffy. She is the Editor of the Elements Journal, a local publication for lovers of the ocean and the arts, and runs her own blogging business for clients in the South West and Perth. Her favourite stories to write are about people doing what lights them up. Her favourite places to be are the ocean and bed. Sarah also writes about relationships and breakups, and has written a book on the subject.


  • Avatar Rose Maisano says:

    I would love to win to be able to take my husband for a break
    after unexpected major heart surgery . Thankfully for our Doctor and everyone at the
    hospital took really good care of him and everything went well.

  • Avatar Kaylene Lynch says:

    This looks like a wonderful prize. I like the idea of a “wine obsessed road trip” and I love the Margaret River region and surrounds.
    I would bring my bestie with me as she would appreciate this road trip as much as I would

  • Avatar Lee Kearns says:

    I would love to take my eldest daughter on this experience to thank her for always being there for me and helping me co-parent my other two children. She’s a blessing 💞

  • Avatar Samantha Fyfe says:

    This would be an amazing couples retreat to reconnect and take some time out for each other in our beautiful Margaret River region. Fingers, toes, eyes and nose crossed!

  • Avatar ROBYN DOWNES says:

    My husband Ray and I have visited the Margaret River region many years ago…we loved the experience of the wine and food. We are now looking forward to another visit in 2021. In the meantime I would love to win the Ultimate Food Lover’s Giveaway…I am sure the experience would be very enjoyable for my husband and myself.

  • Avatar Lizzie says:

    I’d love an ultimate Margaret River escape 😍

    To be pleasantly surprised by Snake + Herring’s sweetest grapes🍷

    Bringing bottles home from our adventure, would be money well spent 🍾

    Especially with a discount of 25 percent! 😱

    In a 1965 Valiant, cruising to Alt-J tunes 🚗

    Enjoying our Caves Road playlist in the afternoon 📻

    To arrive at Yarri Restaurant + Bar 🍽

    For a gourmet meal prepared by Chef Aaron Carr! 👨‍🍳

    Covid cancelled our plans in March for a honeymoon 🤵🏻👰🏻

    We’d be lucky to visit Margaret River Region soon 🤞🏼

    I’d treasure Wine, Food, and a cheeky car dance 🍷🍽🕺🏻

    Thank you all, for the beautiful chance 🎉🥳🎉🥳

  • Avatar Angelique says:

    This would be such an amazing gift. I would love to take my husband to celebrate being together for 10 years and as a thank you for being so supportive and absolutely amazing during difficult times I’ve had to battle during these years.

  • Avatar Julie Donetta says:

    I won’t say I’m more deserving, because everyone is. I won’t say I love wine, because lots of people do, I won’t even say that I’m a foodie who loves to dive into beautiful meals, because let’s face it, who doesn’t. I will just say this…..I beg you! Pick me!

  • Avatar Michelle says:

    My hubby & I would love this! It would be amazing to take a break and head back to Margaret River Region, we have such great memories down there! Planning to visit again when we travel back to WA in December!

  • Avatar Carmel Formato says:

    I would love to share this experience with my husband Martin. In March we had a lovely celebration planned to mark our 25th wedding anniversary only for it to be cancelled….It would be wonderful to celebrate in style within one of the most beautiful regions in the world.

  • Avatar Renate cilliers says:

    It would be the most beautiful birthday present with the most beautiful partner and the most exciting precious time and tastiest produce and wonderful ambience in a beautiful spot 😘

  • Avatar Shaun Carter says:

    Would love to spend this adventure with my love for our Anniversary

  • Avatar Corinne Di Lena says:

    This would be amazing time out with my partner Lee as we haven’t had a romantic getaway in along time ,need quality time together ,we both love 🍷 winery’s perfect timing thanks for the opportunity

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