Hamelin Bay Wines

Star 4.5 (116 Google reviews)
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Hamelin Bay Wines

Monday to Sunday 10.30am to 4.45pm
Turn into McDonald Road from Brockman Hwy and travel to end of the road.
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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.  Original 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.



Hamelin Bay Wines

McDonald Rd, Karridale WA 6288, Australia


Star 4.5 (116 Google reviews)
Guy Burton 07 May 2023

Outstanding. First time visit (Saturday for lunch) and certainly not disappointed. The menu is varied and the daily special burger I had was just the best. A glass of Sauvignon Blanc topped off a great lunch. A great location with beautiful views and seating available both inside and outside on the deck or grass area. Very polite and helpful staff. We'll be back.

Neil Macpherson 21 June 2023

Not far off the beaten track with stunning views, excellent wines and friendly staff. We arrived between rain squalls before lunch on a Tuesday so we had the place to ourselves. We focused on the Reds and whilst the shiraz was perfect for our tastes, the rampant red really surprised us, so we got both 😎

Kenneth Gn 12 March 2023

Great food and atmosphere! Do note that lunch orders are served at 12pm. You can order a meat plate or cheese plate as “small bites” if you arrive early. Highly recommended! Great wine too!

Deemlor 29 December 2022

Wow wow wow! We had a Wednesday lunch in December here and were not disappointed! The quality of the location, restaurant and service on our arrival and the wines, which we tasted, were outstanding. We had the grilled Mexican chicken salad, healthy bowl and olives with glasses of Chardonnay, Semillon Sauvignon blanc and rampant red and we're very satisfied. Really recommend this place if you're are travelling by.