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Alkoomi Wines

This third generation property in Frankland River is one of WA’s largest family owned and operated wineries and produces superb cool-climate wines with cellar door and accommodation.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Viognier,Rose,Merlot Cabernet,Muscat,Dessert
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:Daily 10am to 5pm. Closed Good Friday, the morning of ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Details

  • Established:1971
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Cases Produced:52000 cases
  • Vineyards:106.16 hectares
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Cellar Door
  • Great Southern:Frankland River

Description

Located just outside of the town of Frankland River, the Alkoomi estate is part of a 1220 acre family property, settled in 1946 by Sandy’s grandparents.  The land was originally used for farming livestock and grain. In 1971, the first hectare of cabernet vines was planted and has since expanded to approximately 100ha and include shiraz, malbec, riesling and sauvignon blanc.  The stone-walled cellar door overlooks the vineyards to the south and the vast landscape beyond. Open seven days a week, from 10am - 5pm, the cellar door also serves as a function centre for weddings and other large events.

The wine labels each feature the iconic Australian Grass Tree, and the icon wines are named after native Australian timbers: Wandoo, Blackbutt, Melaleuca and Jarrah.

The Wines
Winemaker Andrew Cherry has been with the Hallett family since 2010 and has amassed an impressive collection of medals, trophies and high scores for the Alkoomi wines.  The portfolio contains three separate ranges, the Icon wines (the best from each vintage), the Black Label wines (intended for mid-long term cellaring, premium fruit), and the White Label wines (intended for early drinking, short term cellaring). Varieties include riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet, malbec, shiraz and a selection of sweet wines (muscat, late harvest and a rose).

Wine Tasting
Taste the wines at the family run cellar door.

Unique Highlights
Alkoomi offers guest chalet accommodation on the property. 

Halliday Rating
Five Red Stars

Aravina Estate

Surrounded by stunning vineyards, rolling hills, bushland and manicured gardens, this beautiful estate offers creative tastings, a fine-dining restaurant, car gallery and WA’s first surfing museum.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Shiraz,Sparkling,Merlot,Semillon,Tempranillo,Malbec,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: 10-5 everyday; Restaurant: 11:30-3:30 everyday.

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Gallery,Restaurant,Cellar Door,Light Food,Kids Play Area
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Lunch Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Vineyards:26 hectares
  • Cases Produced:10000
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010

Description

Aravina Estate was established in 2010 by Perth businessman and sixth generation West Australian, Steve Tobin. Named one of Australia’s “Ten Best New Wineries” (2014) by James Halliday, Aravina Estate offers a mix of memorable experiences for the whole family. While adults enjoy the distinct, quality, regional wines, kids love the European-designed-playground and museums.

The Wines
The first vines were planted in 1986 on prime country in Yallingup and benefits from rich, free-draining lateritic soils, characteristic of the region. The wine-production incorporates some of the world's most innovative viticultural practices, including the use of natural pest reduction remedies and minimal application of sprays. Margaret River’s main wine varieties are all made here, along with Chenin Blanc and Tempranillo.

Wine Tasting
Sample and learn about the wines at the Cellar Door. As there are so many wines to taste, we do charge a $6 tasting fee per person, which is deducted from any wine purchase and complimentary if dining in our restaurant.

Culinary Experiences
The Aravina Estate Restaurant offers fine-dining in an elegant, “Vogue-living” style setting, as reviewed by local critic Rob Broadfield from The West Australian. The menu focuses on local, sustainable produce, sourced from a growing collection of local farmers, as well as estate grown produce. The dishes are designed to pair with the Aravina Estate wines. Bookings are recommended, especially during holiday periods. For something more casual, unwind on the lawn and enjoy a Aravina grazing board or Pizza from our newly opened Pizza Bar. Visit on the weekends and enjoy live gigs on the lawn for the whole family to enjoy.

Unique Highlights
After indulging in stunning food and wine, discover the orchards, gardens and museums too. The Car Museum has an ever-changing range of European classics and Australian muscle cars on display.


The WA Surf Museum chronicles the local surf culture and history with an impressive collection of vintage surfboards and cool memorabilia to check out.

 

 

Bakkheia Wines

Enjoy exclusive Mediterranean wines at a boutique winery in the Preston Valley of the Geographe Wine Region, with only 1000-1200 cases produced yearly.

  • Wine Region:Geographe
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Graciano,Grenache,Malbec,Shiraz,Tempranillo,Mourvedre,Fume Blanc,Rose
  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door. Appointments please.

Details

  • Cases Produced:1000-1200
  • Winemaker:Michael Edwards
  • Established:1999
  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)
  • Geographe:Ferguson Valley
  • Brands:bakkheia
  • Vineyards:3 hectares

Description

Established in 1999, with the first vintage in 2006, Ilonka and Michael tend the land and organically grow grapes and wine.  They are passionate about sustainable living and pursuing excellence in wine making.

Small quantities and small batch winemaking is the focus of Bakheia Wines, with only 1000-1200 cases bottled each year. The wines are only available to the exclusive mailing list, limited to 400 to retain exclusivity and build mutual loyalty. Tastings of the wine is available at the vineyard by appointment only.

The wine making approach taken is minimalist with reds not fined or filtered before bottling allowing the natural settling of wine over time. Wines on offer include Grenache, Mourvedre, Graciano, Tempranillo, Shiraz, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and sourced from the neighbors is Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc to make Fume Blanc.

Pricing of the wines is rather unique, determined directly by mailing list members who sit down, taste and talk about the quality of the wine. Bakheia Wines pride themselves on keeping honest and ego free as reflected in the philosophical label "Aequitas".

Barnyard1978

A casual-classy restaurant, cellar door and honey shop with bold eco-architecture where you can watch their signature pastas being made while you taste and dine!

  • Open Days/times:10am to 4pm Thursday to Tuesday. Restaurant: 10am-4pm, Thursday to Tuesday.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Sparkling

Details

  • Cases Produced:1250
  • Established:1978
  • Vineyards:4 hectares
  • Winemaker:Todd Payne
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Breakfast Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Margaret River:Yallingup

Description

This farmstead meets bistro-style concept employs striking architecture to link nature, landscape and ecological sustainability, resulting in a relaxed, yet classy dining experience with down-to-earth Yallingup flair.

Culinary Experiences
Open for lunch, and also for breakfast on the weekends, enjoy shared plates of cheese and meats or a diverse selection of site-made pasta dishes. The Farm Shop and Cellar Door also offer wine and honey tastings and sell a selection of locally-made foods.

The Pasta
A vast range of pasta is made on site. Watch the pasta being made and buy some to enjoy at home! All pasta is made with top grade semolina flour and fresh eggs, laid by happy Margaret River chickens.

The Wine
Enjoy small-batch wines, handpicked by owners Raminta and Egidijus Rusilas and their family and friends. Wine styles include Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends.

Local Honey – 100% Raw & Real
Barnyard 1978 works with local independent beekeepers to deliver varietal honeys from around WA. The range is constantly evolving based on natural supplies. Typically, there are seven or more varieties available for free tastings including Marri, Karri, Red Bell, Wandoo, White Gum and  Blackbutt.

Tip! Leave a voicemail if your call goes unanswered, as the team turn their phones down during lunch service to keep the atmosphere serene for diners.

Barrecas Wines

Located in country town Donnybrook, 40km South East of Bunbury, Barreca’s is family owned and operated, offering varieties of Shiraz, Barbera, Malbec, Zinfandel and Sangiovese.

  • Wine Variety:Pinotage,Port,Sangiovese,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Viognier,Zinfandel,Fortified,Barbera,Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Grenache,Malbec
  • Wine Region:Geographe
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Fri to Mon 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Geographe:Donnybrook
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Vineyards:46 hectares
  • Winemaker:Iolanda Ratcliffe
  • Established:1994
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

After a work trip to his family's homeland of Italy in the early 1990s Fil Barreca, aged just 21, discovered his intrinsic connection to working in a vineyard and growing grapes on a highly innovative Sicilian winery. He took inspiration and passion back to Donnybrook and begun planting vines immediately establishing the winery in 1994.

With 46 hectares under vine the predominant varieties include Shiraz, cult favourite Barbera, Shiraz Malbec, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and many more.

The sparkling and fortified wines are proudly 100% estate bottled, including the Estate’s premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil which is produced from the Estates premium olive plantation.

Beneath The Kite

Is it real or is it fiction? Discover the tidy new Malbec made by Margaret River winemaker and writer duo, the Messengers.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Malbec

Details

  • Brands:Beneath The Kite
  • Established:2016
  • Winemaker:Mark Messenger
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 2011 - 2019
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe

Description

Inspired by life in the Margaret River wine industry, Vikki Messenger penned her novel, 'Crush', revolving around life and love around the vineyards of Margaret River. Beneath the Kite being the name of the fictional winery in the book. When Vikki's winemaker husband, the highly regarded Mark Messenger read the book, he was inspired by the creative opportunity to realise a fictional winery, and sourced premium Malbec grapes from a local, vineyard to make its debut wine.

The Malbec is available on the Settlers Tavern's wine menu and at various fine wine retailers

 

Brown Hill Estate

Two-time West Australian ‘Small Producer of the Year’ with quaint cellar door and rustic jarrah tasting bench, where you can take the winemaker tour daily at 2pm (bookings required).

  • Open Days/times:10am to 5pm daily.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:3000
  • Established:1995
  • Vineyards:22 hectares
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Winemaker:Nathan Bailey, Haydn Millard
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Wheelchair Access
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe

Description

Located in Rosa Brook, 12 minutes south of Margaret River town and nearby a collective of quaint, rustic cellar doors. The town is known for its down to earth spirit, which is reflected at Brown Hill Estate. The winery was established in 1995 by the Bailey Family who lived in the West Australian Goldfields for four generations before relocating to Margaret River. The name Brown Hill Estate draws from this family history.

The winery has twice been named Small Producer of the Year by The West Australian Wine Guide (2009, 2010). Among the wines’ many accolades, the 2014 Perseverance Cabernet Merlot picked up an international award for ‘Best in Show’ at the 2018 Decanter Wine Awards, one of only 50 awards given out globally.

The Wines
The vineyard’s gravelly produce small, intensely flavoured grapes which are nurtured into wines through traditional, boutique methods. All the fruit is grown on the estate’s vineyard, hand-picked and hand-sorted, with the finest level of attention to detail. The range focuses on Margaret River’s signature varieties.

Wine Tasting
Located inside the winery, the authentic cellar door experiences also allow visitors the unique opportunity to observe the wines being made. A huge jarrah slab resting upon oak barrels adds to the rustic charm. Open 10am to 5pm daily.

Unique Highlights
Tours hosted by a winemaker operate daily at 2.30pm and provide an insider’s look into the winemaking process, including the rare opportunity to taste barrel samples and understand the attention to detail that goes into Brown Hill Estate’s winemaking.

Halliday Rating
4.5 Black Stars

Capel Vale Wines & Match Restaurant

Capel Vale is a pioneer within Western Australia and amongst the first to be established with vines planted in 1974. Capel Vale Cellar Door & Match Restaurant open 7 days.

  • Wine Variety:Brut,Malbec,Merlot Blend,Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet Shiraz,Chardonnay,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Shiraz,Verdelho,Sparkling,Cabernet Merlot
  • Wine Region:Geographe
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-4pm

Details

  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Thursday
  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access,Restaurant,Cellar Door,Functions
  • Cellar Door Open:Holidays,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday
  • Geographe:Busselton / Capel
  • Vineyards:90 hectares
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000

Description

The Wines

Capel Vale has been crafting intensely fruit driven, powerful yet elegant wines from the cool regions of Western Australia since 1974. A broad range of wines in the Debut, Regional Series, Cellar Exclusive, Black Label and Single Vineyard Wine tiers. 

Capel Vale has established mature vineyards in Geographe, Margaret River and Mount Barker and produces wines that reflect the distinct climate and soils of each region.

Cellar Door

Visitors are warmly welcome to the cellar door to taste and purchase the full range of Capel Vale Wines. Located in Capel, two hours from Perth, indulge in match plates by the fire or alfresco in the summer breeze at Capel Vale's charming cellar door, open every day from 10am - 4:30pm.

The Food - Match Restaurant

The philosophy behind the restaurant is to Match food and wine. The menu comprises of Match Plates where components match the characteristics in the recommended wine. Grazing plates & cheese plates are also available.

Open Thursday to Monday 11:30am - 2:30pm. 

Bookings [email protected]

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

Carpe Diem Vineyard

Taste handmade, hand-bottled Italian varietal wines at the winery-based tasting table with the Anderle family, who relocated from the Mediterranean in 2001 to pursue their dreams in Margaret River.

  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Merlot,Pinot Gris,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Vermentino
  • Open Days/times:Booking required.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Brands:Carpe Diem Vineyards
  • Cases Produced:2500
  • Facilities:Appointment Only,Cellar Door
  • Established:2003
  • Vineyards:12 hectares
  • Winemaker:Gianfranco Anderle
  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010

Description

Carpe Diem is the heart-warming winery of Gianfranco and Francesco Anderle, a delightful winemaking family who visited Margaret River in 2000, fell in love with the region and sold up their assets to chase their dreams with a 75 hectare property in Wilyabrup. Hence the name, Carpe Diem!

The Wines
Winemaker Gianfranco trained at the world’s oldest wine school in Europe, Conegliano in Northern Italy. He brings a strong European approach to his winemaking, every aspect of which he does in his custom-built winery, including hand-bottling his wines. Italian varieties are the focus such as pinot grigio, schiaffo, vermentino, nebiolo and decantato. 

Wine Tasting
Known for the beautiful Italian hospitality, Gianfranco and Francesca love meeting their guests and personally providing complimentary tastings of all the wines from their winery-based tasting table. Look out for a few small-batch special release wines are available exclusively at the cellar door from time to time.

Unique Highlights
Carpe Diem also makes a European style Olive Oil which sells out very quickly!

Celestial Bay Wines

A family-owned and operated winery committed to making and exporting quality, contemporary wines around the world.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Petit Verdot,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Chardonnay,Malbec
  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door

Details

  • Vineyards:60 hectares
  • Winemaker:Bernard
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Brands:Celestial Bay Wines
  • Cases Produced:7000
  • Established:2000
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

Description

In 2000, owners Michael & Kim O’Brien chose Margaret River as the place in which to establish Celestial Bay and turned their dream into a reality with the purchase of 210 acres. Now led by the second generation of the O’Brien family, this small winery has grown to become an international exporter with a string of accolades to its name.

The Wines
The contemporary wine range is made by son Aaron O’Brien, a qualified winemaker and viticulturist who has worked vintages all around the world. The range focuses on Margaret River’s primary varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blends.

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

Cloudburst Wine

Cloudburst produces exceptional Chardonnay, Cabernet and Malbec and is found in private collections and fine restaurants worldwide.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet,Chardonnay,Malbec

Details

  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

Located on rich bushland, the Cloudburst vineyard utilises cooling maritime breezes and warm daytime temperatures to slowly ripen its flavoursome grapes. Each self-irrigating vine expresses brilliant varietal purity and is surrounded by healthy soils retaining the moisture and nutrients of the region.

The 2013 Margaret River Wine Show brought Cloudburst some note-worthy awards including Best Single Vineyard Estate Red Wine, Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Best Red Wine of the Show.

Cullen Wines

A Margaret River icon, known internationally for its exceptional wines, incl. world’s best chardonnay, leading biodynamic viticulture, homely cellar door & restaurant serving local organic produce.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Petit Verdot,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Cabernet Franc,Malbec,Merlot,Semillon
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: daily 10am to 4:30pm, Restaurant: Fri to Tue 10am to 4pm

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Dogs Welcome,Organic (Certified),Kids Play Area,Restaurant,Cellar Door
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Vineyards:49 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:20 000

Description

Cullen Wines was established by Diana and Kevin Cullen who began experimenting with viticulture in 1966 following various research reports that suggested Margaret River’s climate was similar to that of Bordeaux. Encouraging results led the pair to plant 18 acres of vines on their sheep and cattle farm in 1971 to establish Cullen Wines. Daughter Vanya became chief winemaker in 1989 and has earnt a reputation as one of Australia’s most awarded winemakers.

In 2005, the iconic Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot was awarded the top Langton’s Classification category of ‘Exceptional’, one of a handful of Australia’s best wines to hold this status. The Kevin John Chardonnay 2007 was awarded the World’s Best Chardonnay at the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards. Both wines have received a host of international awards, judged against the world’s best wines.

The Wines

The wines are estate-grown from Cullen Wines’ two A Grade Biodynamic (BFA) certified vineyards in Wilyabrup, Margaret River. The philosophy is to search for the best quality expression of the vineyard in the wine. Quality is paramount, and every winemaking step reflects Cullen Wines’ approach to do whatever it takes to make the most outstanding wines. Cabernet Sauvignon (and blends) and Chardonnay are the focus.

Wine Tasting

Cullen Wine’s harmonious stone and timber cellar door is open daily 10.30am to 4pm and offers complimentary tastings of current release wines. A selection of museum vintages can be purchased by the glass from the cellar door’s enomatic wine machine. Enthusiasts will love Cullen Wines tour, which teaches the principles of biodynamics in the vineyards and includes a visit to the historic vines and winery followed by a private wine tasting.

The Food

The award-winning Cullen restaurant overlooks their historic vineyard making a relaxing place for a glass of wine, lunch or a coffee. The menu incorporates only fresh, biodynamic and organic produce sourced from Cullen’s restaurant garden and selected local producers. For an extra treat, try Cullen’s Food & Wine experience, a five-course feast paired with wines.

Unique Highlights

The Cullen Wines homestead is set in peaceful vineyard surroundings for a rejuvenating getaway that supports the winery’s philosophy of living in harmony with nature. It was built in 1976 and is conveniently located within a short walking distance of the Cullen Wines’ tasting room and restaurant. Cullen Wines’ Biodynamic Spiral Garden is a unique self-guided tour experience that brings to life the fascinating biodynamic process employed throughout operations at Cullen.

Halliday Rating

5 Red 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.

Domaine Naturaliste

Established in 2014, Domaine Naturaliste is the brand of highly-awarded winemaker Bruce Dukes. Hallidays Best Value Winery 2020 now with a Cellar Door located in Wilyabrup open daily.

  • Wine Variety:Malbec,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz,Syrah
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:10am - 5pm daily

Details

  • Lunch Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access,Cellar Door,Light Food,Picnic Facilities
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 2011 - 2019
  • Brands:Domaine Naturaliste
  • Vineyards:21 hectares 20 year old vines in Wilyabrup
  • Wheelchair Access:Wheelchair access at rear of Cellar Door Building
  • Cases Produced:15000
  • Winemaker:Bruce Dukes
  • Established:2012

Description

Bruce Dukes is a long-time local winemaker with a great reputation. For many years he led the winemaking team at Pierro in Margaret River, and says a lengthy stint at Niebaum-Coppola in the Napa Valley gave him great confidence in his philosophies. An Agronomist, Bruce approaches winemaking from an agricultural point of view, focussing immensely on soil health and sustainable farming, which he believes reaps the best rewards for the wine and the environment.

The Wines
Domaine Naturaliste makes three ranges of wine from classic Margaret River varietals to showcase his artisanal approach. The range names are the Discovery Series, Direction Series and Flagship Series. His Artus Chardonnay and Morus Cabernet Sauvignon were major winners at the 2018 International Wine Challenge in London, each receiving the trophies for Best Margaret River Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Tasting
Domaine Naturaliste now has it's own estate in Wilyabrup with a 21 Ha vineyard and a picturesque Cellar Door (formerly Knee Deep Wines). Open from 10am - 5pm daily, visitors can relax in the vineyard setting with seated wine flights of Domaine Naturaliste wines accompanied by charcuterie or cheese.  

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Evoi Wines

A producer that began with two barrels of Chardonnay in 2007 and has since gained a national reputation, including “WA Winery of the Year,” at the Melbourne Wine Show and a Halliday rating of 5 Stars.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sangiovese,Malbec,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Tempranillo
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Appointment Only

Details

  • Established:1991
  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Cases Produced:12000
  • Winemaker:Nigel Ludlow
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases)

Description

The label was established by hands-on winemaker Nigel Ludlow, who studied in New Zealand and worked in Hungary and Victoria before settling in Margaret River.

Located in the heart of Margaret River, the Evoi vineyards’ quality fruit is a result of its close proximity to the ocean, incredible regional soil types and an idyllic climate. 

The Wines
The Evoi premium wine range includes Malbec, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, a Bordeaux-style blend, Grenache, Rose and Tempranillo which the winemaker makes during vintage in Spain each year. The wines have received excellent critical acclaim including “WA Winery of the Year” at the 2015 Melbourne International Wine Show, and a sought-after 5 Red Star Rating from James Halliday.

Cellar Door
Visit winemaker Nigel for free tastings at the winery’s quaint wooden cellar door daily from 10am to 5pm. 

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Ferngrove Wines

Situated within the picturesque, undulating lands of Frankland River amidst farmland, forest and olive groves, this grand cellar door showcases a broad range of award-winning regional wines.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Shiraz,Sparkling,Muscat,Rose,Semillon,Mourvedre,Malbec,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Sauvignon Blanc,Cabernet Merlot,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Great Southern:Frankland River
  • Vineyards:340 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,BBQ Facilities,Picnic Facilities

Description

Located in Frankland River 90 kilometres from the coast amidst the Great Southern’s valleys and slopes, the Ferngrove site was selected in 1998. The vineyard is nestled in undulating farmland surrounded by olive groves, wheat, sheep and cattle which enable a sheltered environment to grow grapes, while it still receives the cooling ocean influence for elegant fruit.

Ferngrove Wines are known for their intense flavour, fine acid and tannins that are truly reflective of the Frankland River region style. A range of varieties are produced across multiple price brackets, delivering value at each level. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet blends are the focus.

The winery is also the site of one of Australia’s largest winery solar power systems, using 696 panels to power all of its operations.

Wine Tasting

The grand Ferngrove Wines cellar door is situated among the stunning Stirling Ranges in Frankland River. Wine tastings are offered daily from 10am – 4pm.

Halliday Rating

4.5 Stars

 

 

 

Flinders Bay

From a vineyard surrounded by Marri Trees in Karridale, southern Margaret River, Flinders Bay makes focused collection of award-winning regional wines.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Shiraz,Verdelho,Dessert,Sparkling

Details

  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Karridale
  • Cases Produced:15000 cases
  • Established:1995
  • Vineyards:50 hectares

Description

Flinders Bay makes its wines from their vineyard in Karridale, located nearby Flinders bay, where the climate is distinctly cooler. Scientific data suggests it may be Western Australia’s coolest grape growing area. The vineyard is planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. The vineyard is run with the sole focus of growing the highest quality grapes and natural farming methods are utilised where possible.

The Wines
Over 10 different wines are made, including dry to sweet still whites, a rosé, reds and a traditional method NV sparkling. The wines are available through local retailers.

Wine Tasting
No cellar door.

Forest Hill Estate

Surrounded by Karri trees this stunning hillside winery is home to WA’s oldest cool-climate vineyard, cellar door and fine-dining restaurant, producing stunning wines from vines planted in 1965.

  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Sparkling,Gewurztraminer,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Thur to Sun 10:30am to 5pm; Restaurant: Thur to Sun Lunch, Friday Dinner

Details

  • Lunch Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Functions,Restaurant
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner Open:Friday
  • Great Southern:Denmark
  • Cases Produced:12000 cases
  • Vineyards:65 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Forest Hill has an interesting pioneer history and was once owned by the Holmes a Court family of Vasse Felix in Margaret River. In 1996 the vineyards were bought by the Lyons family, the current owners and old farming family from the Great Southern. The winery and cellar door were established in 2004 and the fine-dining restaurant, Pepper and Salt, is a popular wedding destination and from its elevated position has commanding views of the valley and estate vineyards.

 

The Wines:

The vineyard at Forest Hill winery was the site of the first grape plantings in the Great Southern in 1965, making it one of the oldest operating wineries in Western Australia.  The first vintage, a cabernet and a riesling, was released in 1972.  The cabernet was made by Jack Mann at Houghton Winery in the Swan Valley and the riesling by his son Dorham, at Sandalford.   

Today the wines are made by Guy Lyons and Liam Carmody.  There are 14 wines made at Forest Hill which include riesling, sauvignon blanc, gewurtztraminer, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and Malbec.

The Block Series wines are sourced from old dry-grown vineyards, and the riesling is often the recipient of medals and trophies at wineshows around the country.

 

Wine Tasting:

Positioned beneath the Pepper and Salt restaurant, and built into a stone cellar, the cellar door is open Thursday through Sunday 10.30am - 5pm. 

 

Unique Highlights:

Picturesque setting, dramatic backdrop of Karri trees, fine dining restaurant, exceptional cool-climate wines.

 

Halliday Rating:

5 Red Stars

 

 

Glenmore Wines

Enjoy boutique, single-vineyard, varietal Margaret River wines grown by a fifth generation local farming family.

  • Wine Variety:Malbec,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Open Days/times:No cellar door.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Brands:Glenmore, Amy's Vineyard
  • Cases Produced:1500 cases
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Established:1990
  • Vineyards:5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Ian Bell
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

Renowned regional viticulturist Ian Bell planted the first Cabernet Sauvignon at this 5 hectare vineyard in 1990. He is proud to be a fifth generation Glenmore farmer; his family have been farmers in the Margaret River area since the early 1900s. The Indian Ocean is visible from the property, where the vines are north-facing, planted on well-drained, gravel-loam soils, and are hand-pruned, thinned and harvested for optimum fruit quality. 

The Wines

Glenmore produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. 

Higher Plane Wines

After visiting over 30 sites, a stunning southern site in Walcliffe was chosen to establish this high-scoring winery’s minimal intervention vineyard and wine range.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc,Merlot,Cabernet Franc,Petit Verdot,Syrah,Malbec,Semillon
  • Open Days/times:No cellar door

Details

  • Cases Produced:2000
  • Vineyards:14.55
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe

Description

The original owners of Higher Plane inspected over 30 sites around Margaret River before settling upon Forest Grove. The vineyard, with its gravelly duplex soils and southern Margaret River cool southerly winds, was first planted in 1997 with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Subsequent Chardonnay plantings have ensued. Natural farming principles are followed to ensure optimum soil health and encourage biodiversity in the vineyard.

The Wines

The team firmly believes in the ‘less is more’ approach, seeking delicacy, elegance and complexity in the wines through minimal intervention winemaking. Indigenous yeasts are often used for fermentation and minimal sulphur additions are made for the truest expression of the vineyard site. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the heroes, and an innovative Fiano is being pioneered.

In the absence of a cellar door, the wines are sold through online, and can also be found in independent retail stores and restaurants around Australia.

Hillbille Winery

A boutique winery crafting 100% estate-grown, varietal wines from its stunning 59 hectare vineyard overlooking the majestic Blackwood River.

  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Sparkling,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Rose,Semillon,Shiraz,Malbec,Viognier
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley
  • Open Days/times:Appointment Only

Details

  • Vineyards:18.1 hectare
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Brands:HILLBILLÉ
  • Cases Produced:5000
  • Winemaker:Bruce Dukes
  • Established:1998
  • Facilities:Appointment Only

Description

The Hillbille property has been in the Bettridge family since the late 1980s and has a total area of 59 hectares. After many years supplying local wineries, Hillbille began making wines under its own label in 2003.

The Wines

The wines of Hillbille are all clean and austere, very much directed towards the European palate, and are all estate-grown. The Hillbille 'Estate' range is contemporary in style, providing excellent structure and balance to a range of classic grape varietals. Within this range are the Hillbille Chardonnay, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Merlot and Shiraz varieties.

The 'James Brittain' signature range is dedicated to the family's great-great-grandfather James Brittain, whose 'signature' is evident across the City of Perth on such heritage buildings including the Town Hall, Barracks Arch and Cloisters. This series of wines are from only premium fruit, and produced in very limited quantities. Varieties within the range include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz Viognier.

The wines are available to purchase on the Hillbille website and are also exported to Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Cellar Door

The cellar door at Hillbille is open from 10am-4pm on weekends and public holidays.  

Jarvis Estate

A small family winery and custom-designed cellar door offering one of the region’s best Cab Francs and authentic hands-on vineyard tours & tastings, often including soon-to-be-released barrel samples.

  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Malbec,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz,Dessert,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Open Days/times:11am to 5pm daily.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Cases Produced:3000 cases
  • Established:1997

Description

Jarvis Estate was established in 1997 and sits on prime land in Bramley, between Margaret River and Cowaramup, just 8km from the coast. A small, family-owned winery, it makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Verdehlo and one of Margaret River’s best Cabernet Francs.

Wine Tasting

While a custom designed cellar door has been open for a couple of years, owners Matt and Jackie prefer the vineyard tours and tastings, which often include the rare opportunity to taste barrel samples of soon-to-be-released wines. Contact the winery directly for bookings.

The cellar door also offers coffee, cheese and platters and is open 7 days from 11am to 5pm.

Juniper

Enjoy some of the region’s oldest vines and wines with a reputation for consistent high-quality, a tasting with the friendly team on the lawn beside the Wilyabrup Brook or in front of the log fire.

  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Rose,Dessert,Cabernet Franc,Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Riesling,Semillon,Shiraz,Malbec,Method Traditionale,Sauvignon Blanc,Tempranillo
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-5pm
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Wheelchair Access:Wheelchair-modified bathroom available
  • Established:1973
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cases Produced:12 000
  • Vineyards:19.5 Hectares
  • Cellar Door Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities,Dogs Welcome

Description

Originally called Wright’s and planted in 1973 on excellent soils beside the Wilyabrup Brook, the property was renamed Juniper by the late Roger Hill and wife Gillian Anderson in 1998.

The site has a rich history. In the 19th century the road from Busselton to the south of Margaret River ran through what is now the vineyard, hence the wine range called “the Crossing”. The present block was created by a sub division by the Junipers, a well-known Western Australian artist family.

The Wines

The vineyard is unirrigated and the vines hand-pruned and hand-picked at vintage. It was originally planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Semillon and subsequent plantings of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec in 1999. Winemaker Mark Messenger has a longstanding reputation for the excellent quality and regional typicity of his wines which are made onsite at Juniper Estate’s state of the art facilities.

Wine Tastings

Enjoy a picturesque setting in the serene part of Wilyabrup, with views of rolling hills and the vineyards. Wines by the glass or bottle can also be enjoyed on a peaceful lawn beside the Wilyabrup Brook or in winter, beside the log fire on the winery’s comfy leather couches.

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

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
 

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