Pursuit of perfection

WATCH: Behind the scenes with three extraordinary Margaret River region winemakers

Uncover the stories of perseverance and passion within the winemaking community of the Margaret River region.

Introducing ‘The Winemaker’, a trilogy of films, created over a period of twelve months from April 2016 – April 2017, which offer a unique chance to follow the personal and professional journeys of three of our region’s most extraordinary winemakers.

While locals of this famed surf region may be known for their laid back, easy-going nature, these candid interviews reveal the unrelenting quest for excellence and tireless ‘pursuit of beauty’ which have helped Margaret River wines to become some of the most renowned and highly awarded in Australia.

Vanya Cullen
Owner/Managing Director/Chief Winemaker, Cullen Wines

Join Vanya Cullen at her family’s Wilyabrup estate, where she has been winemaking since 1983. Organic and biodynamic, they are among a small group of wineries that are certified. Many talk of using the principles, but don’t follow through on certification. For Vanya, it was something that “felt good”, a move that put respect for the land first.

“It’s a very beautiful thing to do… It’s very much about nature and as much as we can keep that purity of nature in the wines we do.”

Josephine Perry
Owner/Winemaker, Dormilona

One of the region’s most celebrated up and coming winemakers, from her first vintages in 2012 Josephine Perry’s Dormilona label has won praise and plaudits, picking up the influential Riedel Young Gun of Wine award in 2016.  Go behind the scenes of this one-woman operation, as Josephine juggles family, work and often grueling vintage months.

“Over harvest it’s a lot of juggling; watching weather patterns, waking up early and dragging the kids out of bed to get to the vineyard at first light… it’s a very emotional time because you’re tired and you’re excited and there’s energy in the air, especially in Margaret River, the whole region’s buzzing.”

Virginia Willcock
Chief Winemaker, Vasse Felix

Virginia is the Chief Winemaker behind some of Australia’s most critically acclaimed wines, at Margaret River’s founding wine estate, Vasse Felix. Join Virginia on the verandah of her Margaret River home as she talks about the nerves she still feels after thirty-two vintages, and looks back on her formative years in the region.

“All I wanted to do was make wines, and at the weekends we’d got to the beach, we’d play volleyball… so it was just party time, make the best wine you could, and learn as much as you could.”

Take the Margaret River Masterclass and WIN a holiday to the region!

Immerse yourself in the world of Margaret River wine with our video masterclass. Featuring five short films with some of the region’s iconic wine personalities, you’ll learn fascinating facts about what has helped to put the region on the map, before taking the masterclass Facebook quiz for your chance to win a 2 night stay in the region!

Lesson 1:
How to taste wine

Lesson 2:
Tips for visiting wineries

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Lesson 5:

Prize details:


Image top: Vasse Felix wine lounge