The entrance has some serious wow factor, not least because it isn’t usually open to the public. Stepan Libricky, Leeuwin Estate’s hospitality manager agrees. “The arrival through the vineyards is really one of the biggest ‘wow’ moments,” he says. “The whole venue has been designed for access through the gardens, but when you arrive from behind the estate, down through the slope of the vineyard approaching the majestic wall of karri trees, it opens up to the full Leeuwin estate in all of its glory. It’s the start of a fantastic afternoon.”
After the grand entry, I’ve been treated to a private tour of Leeuwin Estate’s art gallery, including the stories behind some of the most iconic Art Series labels, before tasting the wine itself in a unique guided flight. “Part of the whole experience is the food and wine pairing,” says Stepan. “It introduces five iconic wines of Leeuwin with their best matched food. It’s fun! It’s not a stubborn, old fashioned tasting. It’s inclusive and educational.”
“I really think that it combines all the things that the Margaret River Region is famous for. The nature, from the ocean to the forest provides adrenalin and excitement; it’s the pure pleasure of being active. And then some of the world’s best wines and food in a softly luxurious setting that is not pretentious. When you finish at 3.30pm you feel like you have had a range of jam packed excitement on a one day e-bike tour.”
As I am dropped back off at my car, I agree whole heartedly. I feel like I’ve had an entire holiday in one day; those views over the coast this morning feel like a lifetime ago. Brooksey has the last word, “It’s one of the best days you can have in WA”.