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Churchview Estate

Planted with Margaret River’s most diverse range of grape varieties, discover this organic, single-vineyard’s classic and curio wines at its period cottage tasting room, with unique heritage views.

  • Wine Variety:Botrytis Riesling,Cabernet,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Port,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Verdelho,Viognier,Zinfandel,Sparkling,Rose,Brut,Cabernet Malbec,Grenache,Malbec,Marsanne,Fortified
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Established:1999
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities,Dogs Welcome,Wheelchair Access
  • Margaret River:Treeton
  • Cases Produced:45000 cases
  • Vineyards:65 hectares
  • Winemaker:Dave Longden
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Brands:The Bartondale, St Johns, Estate Range, Silverleaf
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes

Description

This family owned, single-vineyard property was established in 1999. The Fokkema family selected the site for its ideal gravel loam soils, ample clean water and northern-facing slopes. The vineyard has been farmed organically for 15 years and is in the process of completing its ‘Certified Organic’ accreditation.

The Churchview vineyard is known to grow Margaret River’s most extensive amount of varieties within a single vineyard, with sixteen different types of grapes planted.

The Wines
The wines are made onsite at the property’s winery. Many are matured in oak, and Churchview prides itself on investing in the best quality French oak. Four wine ranges are made from the diverse varieties within the vineyard and offer easy drinking through to rare and fine collector wines. All the classic Margaret River varieties are made. The St Johns range features less-common varieties including a Zinfandel, Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre, Viognier and Marsanne.

Wine Tasting
The diverse wine range can be tasted at the Cellar Door which is located within a period cottage at the estate. The Heritage Listed St John the Baptist Anglican Church can be seen from the tasting room, hence the name. Many of the wines cannot be found for purchase anywhere other than the cellar door. Allow 30 minutes for a full tasting. Open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday.

Dogs are welcome (on leash) and visitors are invited to bring a picnic and make a day of enjoying the beautiful wines, stunning vineyard views and manicured gardens.

Unique Highlights
Those seeking curio wines will love discovering the wild fermented Riesling, Viognier and Chenin Blanc; varieties not often seen in Margaret River.

Halliday Rating
4.5 Black Stars

Deep Woods Estate

Deep Woods is without doubt one of the most scenic wineries in Margaret River, and also one of Australia’s most-awarded wineries, highly sought-after for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Rose.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet Malbec,Grenache,Malbec,Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Verdelho,Cabernet Shiraz,Rose,Tempranillo
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Wed to Sun 11am to 5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1987
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Vineyards:14 hectares
  • Winemaker:Julian Langworthy
  • Cases Produced:30000

Description

Deep Woods Estate is one of Australia’s most highly-awarded wineries, and was awarded Australia’s most significant wine trophy, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for the Deep Woods Estate 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2017 it was also recognised by Ray Jordan in The West Australian Wine Guide as ‘Winery of the Year

Since 2005, Deep Woods has been part of the Fogarty Family’s Fogarty Wine Group, which also owns Evans & Tate in Margaret River, the iconic Lake's Folly vineyard in the Hunter Valley, Smithbrook in Pemberton and Millbrook Winery and Restaurant in the Perth Hills, Western Australia.

Located in the Yallingup Hills of northern Margaret River, close to the resort town of Dunsborough and the famed surf break at Yallingup, this stunning property is perched high on a ridge which unfolds into a picturesque secluded valley, bounded by stands of jarrah and marri trees; hence the name Deep Woods. The pristine environment also includes a large, natural spring.

The team at Deep Woods is passionately focused on producing quality wines from their management of the vineyard to fruit selection and winemaking techniques, and consistently produces award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Rosé and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, primarily from estate-grown fruit.

Stop by to taste the wines any day of the week, perhaps bring a picnic to enjoy with a glass of wine and take in the beautiful vineyard vista. Groups tastings for six or more guests should be arranged in advance.

Flametree Wines

Winner of Australia’s most prestigious wine trophy, the Jimmy Watson Trophy, with the first red wine it ever made, Flametree offers a superb range at its relaxed kid and pet-friendly cellar door!

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz,Dessert,Brut,Cabernet Malbec,Riesling,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc,Chenin Blanc,Sparkling,Botrytis Semillon,Pinot Gris
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:10am-5pm Everyday

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Gallery,Dogs Welcome
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:2007
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Cases Produced:20000
  • Winemaker:Cliff Royle, Julian Scott
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010

Description

Flametree Wines catapulted into Australia’s winemaking hall of fame in 2008 when its first ever red wine, a Cabernet Merlot, won the Jimmy Watson Trophy, Australia’s most-respected national wine prize. The following year it was a finalist for the same award. Substantial critical acclaim has followed.

The Estate was established by the Towner family in 2007 and was created with a vision to become a world-recognised winery committed to producing consistent, distinctive Margaret River wines. 

The Wines
The estate specialises in Chardonnay, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Shiraz, Rose, Sparkling and Dessert varieties. 

Wine Tasting
The exceptional wines are brought to life at its laid-back, architecturally-designed Estate. Think Hampton’s style meets relaxed Margaret River atmosphere, with a Cape Cod design building, enviable deck, open fireplace and manicured gardens.

The Cellar Door’s timber joinery, natural stone, American Walnut floors and shingle roofing create an atmosphere that is both welcoming and grandiose. Wine tastings are relaxed and unpretentious – geared solely around the pleasure of enjoying exceptional wines. Group bookings can be arranged in advance. 

The Food
Visitors can create their own custom gourmet platter of cheese, antipasto and charcuterie, from outstanding local producers like Cambray Cheese, the Venison Farm and the Margaret River Pantry. These are best enjoyed with a glass of wine, of course!

Unique Highlights
The Art Gallery hosts an annual program of exhibitions that showcase and support the local art community. Pets and children are welcome and will love the wide, spacious lawn area to play on. There is also a wheelchair accessible ramp at the front entrance.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

House of Cards

100% single organic vineyard winery, where every wine is handcrafted to the finest detail.

  • Wine Variety:Shiraz,Sparkling,Fortified,Rose,Cabernet,Cabernet Malbec,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Port,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:10am-5pm Everyday

Details

  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Cases Produced:5000
  • Vineyards:12 hectares
  • Winemaker:Travis Wray
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Facilities:Dogs Welcome,Picnic Facilities,Cellar Door,Gallery
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Established:2011

Description

The name House of Cards is inspired by the gamble winemakers and growers take every vintage, forced to play the hand they are dealt by Mother Nature. Owners Travis and Elizabeth Wray are personally involved in every aspect of operations, from tending the vines to making wine, bottling, marketing and sales.

The Wines
The fruit that goes into House of Cards wine all comes from a single vineyard planted in 1997 on Caves Road at the Northern end of the Margaret River Wine Region, enabling the unique terroir to be reflected in each vintage. To get the best 'hand' possible, organic and biodynamic principles are used to improve soil health and vine nutrition. The vineyard is dry grown and cropped at low levels to increase concentration of fruit flavours. The rest is up to Mother Nature.

Wine Tasting
Vistors can taste the entire wine range at House of Card’s gorgeous Cellar Door.

Unique Highlights
Check out a selection of art and jewellery by local and Australian artists. Guests can also enoy dining at the on-site restaurant Chows Table.

Halliday Rating
5 Black Stars

Iron Cloud Wines

James Halliday’s 2018 Dark Horse, and 5 Star winery growing single-vineyard wines at a stunning property lined with Peppermint Trees upon the gentle hillside slopes of the Ferguson Valley.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Malbec,Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet Shiraz,Rose,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Geographe

Details

  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Brands:Iron Cloud Wines
  • Cases Produced:1,500-2,499
  • Established:2003
  • Vineyards:14 hectares
  • Winemaker:Michael Ng
  • Geographe:Busselton / Capel

Description

Warwick Lavis and Geoff and Karyn Cross purchased the then-named Peperilly Estate in 2003. Situated in the picturesque Ferguson Valley in the hills of Geographe wine region, the first vines were planted in 1999 on sloping hillsides; with superb red gravelly loam soils and full access to the coastal breeze of the Indian Ocean.  West Australian Peppermint Trees line the Henty Brook, the natural water source for the estate's vineyard. Winemaker Michael Ng was born in China and worked vintages in Turkey, New Zealand and St-Emillon before returning to Western Australia.

The Wines

The owners are committed to producing signature, terroir-driven wines that pair well with food. Varieties include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Grenache and Mourvedre, which are available to purchase online.

Halliday Rating

5 Stars

 

La Violetta Wines

Mercurial winemaker Andrew Hoadley produces an innovative re-imagination of traditional wines through his fermentation of creative, drinkable blends at this boutique wine production facility.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Malbec,Riesling,Shiraz

Details

  • Brands:La Violetta Wines
  • Established:2008
  • Winemaker:Andrew Hoadley
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Great Southern:Denmark

Description

La Violetta was established in 2008 by Andrew 'AJ' Hoadley, a well-travelled and respected winemaker who chose to settle in Denmark with his wife Hanna Reichel for its excellent winemaking conditions. Grapes are sourced from a handful of trusted growers from some of the oldest vineyards in the region, with a focus on small-scale production to ensure each wine is personally hand-crafted.  In 2010, La Violetta's first release, 2008 La Ciornia, featured in UK Critics Matthew Jukes' Top 100 and Sarah Ahmed's Top 5 Australian wines.

The name 'La Violetta' derives from an old Piedmontese song celebrating intoxication.

The wines are made with an array of ancient winemaking techniques learnt from different regions around the world and created in small batches to make interesting and complex wines. Varieties include Riesling, Gwurtztraminer Chardonnay and Shiraz.

Wines can be purchased online or at selected retailers in Australia, the UK and Singapore.

 

Larry Cherubino Wines

Halliday’s wine maker of the year (XXXX) and Australian Winery of the Year & Best Value Winery (2011, 2017), making site-driven wines from six speciality vineyards, with modern cellar door.

  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Rose,Dessert,Botrytis Riesling,Cabernet,Cabernet Malbec,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Gewurztraminer,Grenache,Grenache Shiraz,Malbec,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet,Syrah,Merlot,Merlot Blend,Merlot Cabernet,Pinot Chardonnay,Pinot Gris,Pinot Noir,Riesling
  • Wine Region:Greater Perth
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door (winter): Tue to Sat 11am to 6pm, Sun & Mon 11am to 5pm; (summer) Daily 10am to 6pm

Details

  • Established:2005
  • Cases Produced:8000
  • Facilities:Appointment Only,Functions,Gallery,Picnic Facilities
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010,Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Vineyards:120
  • Winemaker:Larry Cherubino, Andrew Siddell, Matt Buchan

Description

One of WA’s most awarded winemakers, Larry Cherubino Wines makes an expressive range from a collection of estate-owned vineyards in Margaret River, Pemberton and the Great Southern (Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup areas). The label began in Frankland River in 2004 when Larry and wife, Edwina purchased an historic property called Riversdale. The inaugural 2005 vintage wines were made in the family’s spare room! These days they are made in a well-equipped winery in Margaret River.

Larry Cherubino Wines was named James Halliday’s Australian Winery of the Year in 2011, and also Australia’s Best-Value Winery by Halliday in 2017. Winemaker Larry Cherubino has a string of Winemaker of the Year nominations with leading Australian and UK wine media.

The Wines
Following the belief that great wines are made in the vineyard, Larry Cherubino Wines are made from six specialty vineyards in Western Australia’s leading south-west wine regions. The wines are estate-grown and the vineyards follow a mix of principles from the schools of organics and traditional farming with the aim to encourage the vines to exist in a healthy ecosystem, for plant health. The range has a characterful selection of site-driven examples of Riesling and Chardonnay, alongside alternative varieties including Fiano and Pinot Blanc. Classic Cabernet and Shiraz are made too.

Wine Tasting
Enjoy a seasonal range of wines for tasting at all times alongside a selection of cellar door exclusives. An enomatic machine holds a curated range of rare back vintage wines which can be enjoyed as educational (and highly enjoyable) flights. Private tastings in the board room or barrel room can be booked in advance for groups. Antipasti and dinners are available by special arrangement.

If you want a good laugh, ask Larry about the dog in the bedroom incident. It all happened to a mate of his apparently!!

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars
 

Talisman Wines

WA Wine Guide Small Producer of the Year and a 5 Star Halliday rated winery in the Ferguson Valley. Interesting and intuitive single vineyard wines.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Malbec,Fume Blanc,Rose,Shiraz,Zinfandel,Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wine Region:Geographe

Details

  • Winemaker:Peter Stanlake
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Brands:Talisman and Spook Rock
  • Established:2009
  • Vineyards:10 hectares
  • Geographe:Ferguson Valley

Description

Situated in one of the most elevated areas of the Ferguson Valley, development of the Talisman vineyard began in 1999 by Kim and Jenny Robinson. The unique site is surrounded by the Wellington National Park, with select grape varieties matched with the property's soil types and sloping landscapes. The superb quality fruit of the vineyard, which is grown under the watchful eye of Victor Bertola, is complemented by the delicate style of acclaimed winemaker Peter Stanlake. The winery was notably awarded 'Small Producer of the Year' in 2017 by the West Australian Wine Guide.

Tastings of Talisman wines take weekly at the Subiaco Farmers Market. There is currently no cellar door at the property, but watch this space.

The Wines

Talisman's range includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Malbec, Malbec, Zinfandel, Riesling and Merlot.

Halliday Rating

5 Stars

 

Victory Point Wines

A winery with a single goal to make world-class, premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, who consulted with the region’s icons to find the perfect site and viticulture program for their mission.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Malbec,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Petit Verdot,Malbec,Pinot Noir,Rose,Cabernet Franc
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Cellar Door: Thursday - Monday 10.30am- 4.30pm

Details

  • Vineyards:15 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Brands:Victory Point Wines
  • Cases Produced:2500
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Thursday,Friday
  • Winemaker:Mark Messenger
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome,Wheelchair Access

Description

Victory Point was established in 1998 by the Berson Family, with a single-minded objective to make ultra-premium wines, like those made famous by the Margaret River pioneer estates.

They consulted with various Margaret River pioneers, particularly the Moss Wood team, for advice to select their piece of earth. The Berson’s made the brave decision not to irrigate their vineyard to emulate the example of the region’s icons. This ‘short-term pain for long term gain’ approach has resulted in a highly-acclaimed and distinct range. The vineyard is situated just south of Cowaramup, on an idyllic site with two sides of a gently sloping valley and a permanent spring fed creek running through the middle.

The family’s aim to one day relocate and live in the world-renowned wine paradise that is Margaret River, has been realised and there is now a beautiful cellar door open at the vineyard.

The Wines
Victory Point maintain a singular focus on making Margaret River’s best-known wines, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The wines have received significant critical acclaim, including having the coveted 5 Red Star rating from James Halliday, which is awarded to “94-100 points – Outstanding. Wines of the highest quality, often with a distinguished pedigree.”

Wine Tasting
Thursday - Monday, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

West Cape Howe Wines

Taste the dynamic range of one of Western Australia’s most popular wine brands, named James Halliday’s ‘Best Value Winery’ in Australia (2016), located in the heart of Mount Barker.

  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Mon to Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat & Sun 11am to 4pm
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Malbec,Chenin Blanc,Malbec,Muscat,Pinot Gris,Vermentino,Fortified,Rose,Tempranillo,Shiraz,Sparkling,Pinot Noir,Sangiovese,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Vineyards:310 hectares
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Facilities:Functions,BBQ Facilities,Light Food,Picnic Facilities,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Great Southern:Mount Barker
  • Cases Produced:60000 cases

Description

Founded in 1997, West Cape Howe quickly grew a reputation as one of Western Australia’s most popular wine brands and was named Australia’s ‘Best Value Winery’ by James Halliday in 2016.

Wines are grown at two estate vineyards, the most significant being their Langton Vineyard, one of the Great Southern Region’s earliest planted vineyards, established in Mount Barker in 1978. This site grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Shiraz and has produced many trophy winning wines. The vineyards are managed with a holistic approach and use of natural management practices where possible. The wines are made at West Cape Howe’s state-of-the-art winery in Mount Barker.

Four tiers of wines are made representing a broad selection of regional hero varieties with a few surprises too.

Located 45 minutes north of Albany, the West Cape Howe Cellar Door offers wine tastings daily from 10am to 5pm on weekdays and 11am to 4pm on weekends.

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

 

Wise Wine

Located by Meelup Regional Park, Wise produces superb wines and is one of Margaret River’s most renowned restaurants, the only one to overlook both the vines and the ocean.

  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Dessert,Cabernet Sauvignon,Botrytis Semillon,Prosecco,Fiano,Sparkling,Sparkling Rose,Tokay,Zinfandel,Verdejo,Malbec,Pinot Gris,Sauvignon Blanc,Cabernet Malbec,Rose,Cabernet Merlot,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
  • Open Days/times:11am - 5pm Everyday
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Established:1986
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Functions,Restaurant
  • Cases Produced:10000
  • Vineyards:2.5 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Lunch Open:Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Breakfast Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Dinner Open:Friday,Saturday

Description

Wise Wine was established by Ron and Sandra Wise in 1992 in a truly iconic setting, surrounded by vineyard and the natural bushland of Meelup Regional Park looking out to the pristine blue waters of Geographe Bay. The property’s two restaurants and expansive wine tasting list make for a spectacular experience with a vista to be remembered forever!

The Wine
The wine range aims to suit all taste preferences and budgets, offering 20 quality sparkling, white, red, dessert and fortified wines. The winemaking philosophy includes sourcing parcels of the highest quality fruit from top vineyards in the WA regions that are most-suited to grow each grape variety.

Celebrated winemaking consultant, Larry Cherubino, has overseen activities at the winery for many years. His stewardship has seen the quality of Wise Wines become some of the most awarded in the region, winning Gold medals at many Australian Wine Shows.

The Food
Wise Vineyard Restaurant is one of the best known restaurants in the region, where you can enjoy a stunning meal with ocean views. The menu features contemporary cuisine which changes regularly as local produce comes in and out of season. 

For a more casual dining experience, take a short trip down to the valley, to the banks of the Meelup Brook and visit Lot 80 Tavern & Restaurant. Housed in a historic stone and timber building built by local farmers and craftsmen, it features Italian, French, Spanish and Australian-inspired tasting and shared menus that utilise local ingredients, where possible.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Woodlands Winery

Discover a range of Margaret River’s most critically-acclaimed and collectible cabernets at this pioneering family estate, whose excellence has been awarded a coveted 5 Red Star James Halliday rating.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Malbec,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Pinot Noir
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1973
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cases Produced:17 000 cases
  • Vineyards:26.58 hectare
  • Winemaker:Stuart and Andrew Watson
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Established in 1973 by David and Heather Watson on Caves Road in Wilyabrup, Woodlands Wines was one of the first five vineyards to be planted in Margaret River. David and Heather’s aim was to create wines emulating the great vineyards of Bordeaux.

Early success ensued when their 1981 ‘Andrew’ Cabernet Sauvignon won trophies for ‘Best Red Wine’ at the Perth Wine Show, the Mt Barker Wine Show, and the National Wine Show. It was the first from Margaret River to achieve a National Red Wine Trophy. The second generation of the family now has the reins, with Stuart becoming winemaker in 2002 and brother Andrew joining the business full time in 2005.

Woodlands Wines has received significant critical acclaim at wine shows around the world and holds a prestigious Langton’s Classification of ‘Outstanding’ for its Cabernet Sauvignon and is one of James Halliday’s highest rated Margaret River wineries.

The Wines

Woodlands primary focus is on its red wines, specifically Cabernet Sauvignon and a selection of Bordeaux blends. A Chardonnay is made too. The vineyard is dry grown and maintained with traditional and organic methods. In the winery, Woodlands wines spend up to two years in fine French oak and minimal winemaker intervention.

Cellar Door

Current release wines can be tasted at the cellar door daily from 10am to 5pm. No reservations are required.

Halliday Rating

5 Stars

Driftwood Estate Margaret River

Draped on picturesque slopes a stones-throw from the ocean, Driftwood Estate has been creating flavourful wines of character and distinction for 30 years.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Shiraz,Classic Dry White,Malbec,Merlot Blend,Merlot Cabernet,Method Traditionale,Petit Verdot,Pinot Gris,Port,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz Cabernet,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Shiraz,Fortified,Sparkling,Rose,Cabernet,Cabernet Malbec,Cabernet Merlot
  • Open Days/times:Daily, 10.30am to 5pm.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Facilities:Gallery,Dogs Welcome,Kids Play Area,Wheelchair Access,Cellar Door
  • Brands:Driftwood Estate
  • Cases Produced:15,000
  • Established:1989
  • Vineyards:100 acres
  • Winemaker:Kane Grove

Description

Located just 3 hours south of Perth in the renowned Margaret River wine region, the Driftwood Estate Cellar Door & Winery offers the opportunity to taste award winning wines as well as olive oil made from olives grown on the Estate. Enjoy views of undulating vines in summer and cosy log fires in winter, visit our amphitheatre, browse our beautiful art gallery or purchase some of our quality merchandise.

With beginnings of small batch, hand-crafted wines and a familiar icon etched in the Margaret River Wine Region landscape, Driftwood is a 5 Star rated winery with highly accoladed wines and more to come for all to enjoy in the future.


Driftwood Estate is a boutique winery set in the stunning Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Western Australia. Established by Tom and Helen Galopoulos in 1989 on what had previously been a country retreat, the winery immediately received acclaim when its first wine, a Semillon produced in 1993, won a special commendation in a British competition.

In 2009, leading Australian wine writer James Halliday rated Driftwood Estate as one of the best wineries in the Margaret River region. This result has continued into the 2018 Wine Companion, where Driftwood Estate has again been rated a 5 Star Winery. The vine resources are exceptional, having had years of nurturing to ensure they produce premium fruit showcasing the Wilyabrup sub-region beautifully.

The winemaking philosophy behind the Driftwood wines is one of simplicity – quality wines are made in the vineyard. While winemaking can have a positive input, having premium quality fruit is essential. This is why Driftwood Estate is so fortunate to be located in one of the greatest viticultural areas in the world, sourcing super premium fruit year in year out. With premium quality fruit, our wine making philosophy is all about protecting and expressing the qualities found in the grapes, so that the wine lover can enjoy the pure, varietal and regional flavours from the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River.


The wines are produced under four labels, Single Site, Artifacts, The Collection, and Oceania.

Our Single Site range of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the best of Driftwood Estate. Over the years, our vineyards have grown in maturity and pedigree, and we have produced Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2016 vintage to reflect this, with releases occurring soon.

Artifacts are the more complex styles, demonstrating the intense characters old vine fruit can develop, and once in the winery, utilising oak influence and subtle winemaking techniques resulting in wines of strength, elegance, and integrity that will drink beautifully young whilst also reward careful cellaring.

The Collection range showcases fruit driven, regionally renowned wines that are designed to be enjoyed in their youth – vibrant blends and crisp, clean wines for everyday drinking.

The Oceania range is predominately a cellar door and online range, offering a Rosé, a White Blend, a Sparkling and a Tawny.

The beautiful branding takes Driftwood back to its beginnings, with small batch, hand-crafted wines showing how age and experience in the wine world can lead to memorable Collections and stunning Artifacts for people to enjoy now and into the future.
 

 

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The state government just threw the WA wine industry a much-needed lifeline, allowing West Australians to order up to one...
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COVID-19 WA and GLOBAL update for March 26

COVID-19 WA and GLOBAL update for March 26

COVID-19 is one in a 100 year tragedy and there is understandably a lot of fear. There are a lot...
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Local online food and clothing stores that deliver to your door

Local online food and clothing stores that deliver to your door

With most of the local shops closing, online stores will be the major source for your shopping fix. Online shopping...
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Premium Perth restaurants setting a new trend in ‘dating at home’

Premium Perth restaurants setting a new trend in ‘dating at home’

Amongst many other things, self isolation means we are all going to have to make a serious effort when it...
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The small town in Italy’s ‘danger zone’ that beat the virus

The small town in Italy’s ‘danger zone’ that beat the virus

In a sea of misery and impending doom, the story of Vo is an inspiring display of how leadership, decisive...
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New binge-worthy releases on Netflix and Stan

New binge-worthy releases on Netflix and Stan

Facing months of self-isolation, streaming services may be the only thing left to hold it all together. It’s time to...
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Community soap, balcony singalongs and other good Samaritan stories

Community soap, balcony singalongs and other good Samaritan stories

If your view of the world is based on daily news reports, then one can conclude we will all continue...
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Tips for staying sane during self-isolation

Tips for staying sane during self-isolation

Facing months of self-isolation at home, I am already on the cusp of losing my humour. Netflix can only keep...
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6 things you can do to stay entertained while self-isolating at home

6 things you can do to stay entertained while self-isolating at home

With Coronavirus triggering a nation-wide quarantine, many Aussies are experiencing a bad case of the self-isolation blues. If you’re bored...
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Farmers Markets still operating in Perth & WA

Farmers Markets still operating in Perth & WA

As an 'essential' source of food and goods, farmers markets across Perth and WA will continue to operate to provide...
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