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Syrah Wine Variety Wineries in South West

Wineries in Australias South West


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Castelli Estate

Established in 2007 and renowned for producing high-quality wines sourced from some of the very best Great Southern and Pemberton vineyards in Western Australia.

  • Wine Variety:Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz,Sparkling,Syrah,Tempranillo,Viognier,Dessert,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Riesling
  • Open Days/times:Cellar Door: Wed to Mon 11am to 4pm; Restaurant: Wed to Mon 12 pm to 3:30pm lunch and Fri & Sat 6pm to 9:30pm dinner
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Brands:il Liris, Estate, Empirica, Blend, The Sum
  • Cases Produced:20,000 cases
  • Established:2007
  • Winemaker:Mike Garland
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Holidays,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Great Southern:Denmark
  • Dinner Open:Friday,Saturday
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Accommodation,Functions,Restaurant

Description

In 2004 Sam Castelli purchased land and a partially finished winery building on what is now the Castelli Estate, with the intention of using it as a family holiday home.  After finishing the winery building, Sam decided to continue what the previous owners had started and turned it into an operating winery after all. So began a bright and star-studded journey. 

Sam Castelli didn’t stop the construction at a winery. The estate now boasts a cellar door which is open Wednesday to Monday, 11am to 4 pm, and an authentic Italian restaurant which is open Wednesday to Monday 12 pm to 3:30 pm for lunch and  Fridays and Saturdays 6pm to 9:30pm for dinner.  And also the newly renovated accomodation just next to the restaurant, with five Deluxe king size en-suites and expansive views over Mt Lindsay, the vineyards, and the green rolling hills and Karri trees so typical of the Denmark countryside.

The Wines
The wines are made by local winemaker Mike Garland and are consistently awarded high scores from national wine press, and enjoy medals and trophies at wine shows around Australia.

Five ranges of wine are sourced exclusively from the Home Block vineyard in Denmark, and vineyards in Mt Barker, Pemberton, The Porongurups and Frankland River.

Wines available to try and purchase include riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz, cabernet, grenache, a sparkling and a dessert wine.  The winery also makes a selection of alternate varietal wines, including an orange chardonnay and an iced viognier.

Wine Tasting
Cellar door in Denmark on Mt Shadforth drive, or the newly built (2018) ‘urban cellar door’ in Myaree.

Unique Highlights
Winery, cellar door, restaurant and lodge on the property.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Chateau June-Jerome

A boutique vineyard nestled within Manjimup producing award-winning Rose, Syrah and Chardonnay wines.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Rosé,Syrah
  • Wine Region:Southern Forests

Details

  • Brands:Chateau June-Jerome
  • Established:2015
  • Winemaker:Clinton Nicholls
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 2011 - 2019

Description

Owners Clinton Robertson and Melissa Nicholls purchased the 25-year-old property in 2015 and have dedicated the recent years to rehabilitating and restoring its mature vines. Land is farmed with minimal impact using biological practices, allowing nature and vine to work together in harmony.

Chateau June-Jerome is known for making modern and sophisticated Rose, Syrah and Chardonnay which can be purchased online.

Domaine Naturaliste

After nearly three decades working closely with producers in Margaret River, Western Australia, renowned winemaker Bruce Dukes launched Domaine Naturaliste – his own range of highly acclaimed wines. An homage to the region where he honed his craft, Domaine Naturaliste is a space for Bruce to demonstrate his mastery of the classic Margaret River varietals.

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

Details

  • Brands:Domaine Naturaliste
  • Cases Produced:12000
  • Established:2012
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes, back of cellar door
  • Winemaker:Bruce Dukes
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome,Functions,Light Food,Picnic Facilities,Wheelchair Access,Gallery
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 2011 - 2019
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

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

Express Winemakers

A pint-sized wine operation headed by Denmark local newcomer Ryan O'Meara with the sole endeavour to produce honest and expressive single vineyard wines.

  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Chenin Blanc,Riesling,Rosé,Syrah,Tempranillo

Details

  • Established:2011
  • Winemaker:Ryan O'Meara
  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Size & Year:Established 2011 - 2019
  • Great Southern:Mount Barker

Description

Express Winemakers is Ryan O'Meara's pint-sized wine operation from the great south of Western Australia. Established in 2011, Ryan has assembled a group of top-flight vineyards from the Great Southern region that supply him with quality fruit to make his contemporary and creative range of wines. Express Winemakers aim for minimal intervention at every level, avoiding additives and emphasising single-vineyard sites.

Varieties include a Tempranillo Garnacha blend, Riesling, Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Syrah and Rose. Wines are available online and through selected retailers.

 

Happs Wines and Commonage Pottery

Established in 1978, Happs is a Margaret River wine pioneer, offering the region’s largest selection of wines in complex of mud-brick buildings including a working pottery in a garden setting.

  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Rosé,Dessert,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Grenache,Sparkling Rose,Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Muscat,Pinot Noir,Semillon,Shiraz,Verdelho,Touriga,Viognier,Cabernet Sauvignon,Gamay,Moscato,Nebbiolo,Fortified,Method Traditionale,Petit Verdot,Sangiovese,Sauvignon Blanc,Syrah,Tempranillo,Tinta Cao,Cabernet,Cabernet Franc,Chenin Blanc,Graciano,Malbec,Marsanne,Merlot,Botrytis Semillon
  • Open Days/times:10am - 5pm Everyday
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Kids Play Area,Gallery,Picnic Facilities,Dogs Welcome
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Vineyards:35.2 hectares
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Cases Produced:14000

Description

Happs has welcomed visitors to their rustic cellar door for over 35 years. There is a wine for every palate including those allergic to preservatives. Many visitors review us on Trip Advisor. The 4.5 star rating puts the winery in the top 10% globally.

The Wines
The wines are produced entirely in house from estate-grown fruit from the Quindalup and the larger Karridale vineyard known as Three Hills. The Three Hills property is associated with later ripening, fuller flavour, elegance and finesse. The wine range includes sweet, dry, preservative free, fortified, and sparkling wines.

Wine Tasting
The rustic cellar door was built in the 1970s and is constructed of handmade mud-bricks. Look closely to see builders’ finger marks on the walls, capturing, “the essence of old school Margaret River". It's warm and inviting. Cellar door staff offer a friendly, educated approach to explain the extensive portfolio of wines.

Culinary Experiences
Take a basket and select from a range of gourmet cheese, meats, pickled vegetables and preserves from more than 15 local producers, pair with some Happs Wine and indulge! Picnic on the lawn, at the outside tables, or inside if it’s a rainy day.

The Commonage Pottery 
Happs Pottery began in Vasse in the early 1970s. The current workshop and gallery was built in 1978. See artists at work in the act of creation. A wide range of handicrafts and jewellery from local artisans is available.

Family Owned & Operated Since 1978
Back in the 1970s local high school teachers Erl and Ros Happ, responded to the notion that world class wines could be produced locally. In the words of the Frank Sinatra song 'I did it my way'.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

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 Variety:Other White,Syrah,Malbec,Cabernet Malbec,Fiano,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:C/- Juniper Estate, Open 7 days 10am - 5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Vineyards:14.55
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Brands:Higher Plane
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes, wheelchair-modified bathrooms available
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Cases Produced:2000

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.

The wines are sold through the cellar door of our sister brand Juniper, which can be found at 98 Tom Cullity Drive, Cowaramup, WA, and are also available online though the Higher Plane website.

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:Cabernet Malbec,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Gewurztraminer,Grenache,Grenache Shiraz,Botrytis Riesling,Cabernet,Syrah,Sparkling,Rosé,Dessert,Malbec,Merlot,Merlot Blend,Merlot Cabernet,Pinot Chardonnay,Pinot Gris,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cases Produced:8000

Description

In response to COVID-19, Larry Cherubino Wines are providing free delivery for all online orders in March and April 2020. For every online order they are giving a $49 voucher to put towards your next one.

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
 

LS Merchants

Take a fresh look at Margaret River's wine region with LS Merchants, who are exploring alternative and underrated wine varieties and pushing them into exciting new territory.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Pinot Gris,Pinot Noir,Rosé,Syrah,Touriga,Vermentino

Details

  • Winemaker:Dylan Arvidson
  • Size & Year:Established 2011 - 2019

Description

Established in 2015 in in Margaret River, LS Merchants is owned by Dylan Arvidson and his wife, Taryn.


Working with wine regions throughout WA, LS Merchants’ wines are made with minimal intervention, wild fermentation where possible and a lot of experimentation; the former to express the varietal characters, the latter to push the boundaries of conventional winemaking and produce interesting and enticing styles.


Varieties include: Vermentino, Verdot Pinot, Syrah and a Red Blend.


Production is very small, usually consisting of one or two barrels so please get in contact to see what LS Merchants are currently offering and where you can find it!

Peccavi Estate

Owner Jeremy Muller searched far and wide for the perfect site to grow wine after being introduced to White Burgundy by his father and now makes a tidy range of wines in Margaret River.

  • Wine Variety:Syrah,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Open Days/times:By appointment
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Brands:Peccavi
  • Cases Produced:2500 cases
  • Established:1996
  • Vineyards:16 hectares
  • Winemaker:Bruce Dukes and Remi Guise
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door,Appointment Only
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Yallingup

Description

The Peccavi estate was established in 1996 by Jeremy Muller who searched the world for his perfect vineyard site, including going to the extreme of exploring ancient Roman vineyard sites in the UK. The vineyard is located in the ideal climate of Yallingup where Peccavi's uncompromising approach ensures the production of premium quality fruit from 16 hectares of thriving vineyards. Wines are made by a team of winemakers with impressive international accolades behind them.

The Wines

The 'Peccavi' range is produced from estate-grown fruit focusing on Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. The 'No Regrets' range blends parcels of fruit from the region to produce Cabernet Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon in easy-drinking styles. Wines can be purchased online or at various stockists throughout Australia and internationally.

Halliday Rating

5 Stars

Robert Oatley Margaret River

Taste a stylish range of wines with grapes sourced from Australia’s foremost regions at the sleek Margaret River cellar door and stunning garden of 1000 roses.

  • Wine Variety:Syrah,Rosé,Botrytis Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Grenache,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Functions,Dogs Welcome,Picnic Facilities,Wheelchair Access
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Established:2006
  • Vineyards:440
  • Winemaker:Larry Cherubino, Debbie Lauritz
  • Cellar Door Open:Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010

Description

Founded by the late Robert Oatley AO BEM (known widely for establishing the Hunter Valley’s Rosemount Estate), Robert Oatley Wines makes a range of diverse, regional wines from Margaret River, the Great Southern and McLaren Vale.

The Wines

The wines are made in a modern fashion with a focus on provenance and a sense of place. Fruit is sourced from premier Australian wine regions to create a dynamic range, reflective of the unique varietal styles coming from the nation’s different winegrowing areas. Wine styles include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Syrah and Grenache.

Wine Tasting

The Margaret River cellar door is set amongst 110 hectares of outstanding vineyard and a rose garden of 1,000 flowers. Its large open fireplace and expansive terrace are ideal for a glass of wine in any season. The modern architecture is impressive including open beams of ironbark timbers sourced from Sydney’s original Wooloomooloo Wharf (a link back to the Oatley family’s personal home in New South Wales). A range of complimentary and paid for tastings are available daily from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

Sandalford Wines - Margaret River

One of Australia’s oldest and largest family-owned wineries, the Margaret River rammed-earth cellar door is surrounded by beautiful, country gardens, vines and native forest.

  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: 10am to 5pm daily. Restaurant: 12pm to 2:45pm daily.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Merlot,Merlot Blend,Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet,Syrah,Verdelho,Viognier,Sparkling,Fortified,Dessert,Botrytis Semillon,Cabernet Merlot

Details

  • Vineyards:300ha
  • Winemaker:Hope Metcalf
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities,BBQ Facilities,Dogs Welcome
  • Brands:Margaret River Range, Estate Reserve, Prendiville Reserve, Element Range
  • Cases Produced:60000 Cases
  • Established:1840
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1800 - 1850

Description

Sandalford has been making superb West Australian wines for over 175 years. While the primary property is in the Swan Valley, the Margaret River cellar door is worth visiting, a cleverly-designed space made from rammed earth, surrounded by beautiful, country gardens, vines and native forest. Open daily from 10am to 5pm, a pergola and onsite BBQs make Sandalford a lovely place for a picnic with the family.

A Notable History
Sandalford was established in 1840 in the early days of the Perth colony’s settlement. The property was granted to WA’s first Surveyor General John Septimus Roe by Queen Victoria, to honour his 57 years of Service to the Commonwealth. He named it Sandalford after a priory in his original home of Birkshire, England.

The property had a diverse agricultural history and originally thrived growing table grapes, which became a lucrative export. Winemaking accelerated after World War II with a growing community of Croatian and Italian migrants bringing vast knowledge and techniques to the young Swan Valley wine industry. In 1970 the Roe family expanded to Margaret River, planting a vineyard on prime land in Wilyabrup.

In 1990, Sandalford was acquired by the Prendiville family, who own a portfolio of iconic tourism and hospitality establishments around WA. The Prendiville’s have invested significantly in the brand, the wines and the impressive estate.

The Wines
Sandalford makes five ranges of wines from its vineyards in the Swan Valley and Margaret River. There are over 25 wines, including sparkling, red, white, dessert and fortified wines. The winery incorporates the state-of-the-art-technology, while retaining winemaking traditions, such as small batch fruit processing and using the best quality French and American oak.

Wine Tasting
The entire Sandalford wine range (and often some other special wines) can be tasted at their Margaret River cellar door and grand Swan Valley estate. The Margaret River cellar door is a cleverly-designed space, made from rammed earth. It is surrounded by beautiful, country gardens, vines and native forest.

Unique Highlights
A pergola and onsite BBQs make Sandalford a lovely place for a picnic with the family.

Open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Snake And Herring

Visit the Margaret River cellar door to taste a treasure map of exciting wines made from vineyard gems throughout WA’s South-West, then to Dunsborough to feast at their esteemed new restaurant, Yarri.

  • Wine Variety:Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Tempranillo,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Grenache,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Cabernet Franc,Rosé,Cabernet Merlot,Gewurztraminer,Pinot Gris,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Syrah,Mourvedre
  • Open Days/times:11am to 5pm daily (11am to 4pm May - September)
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Wednesday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cases Produced:7000 cases
  • Established:2010
  • Winemaker:Tony Davis

Description

Snake & Herring views Western Australia’s South-West wine regions like a treasure map with vineyard jewels scattered throughout. With this philosophy founders Redmond “Herring” Sweeny and Tony “Snake” Davis road trip around, finding remarkable and interesting grapes to make their award-winning wines.

The Wines

Snake & Herring is known for its exciting and eclectic wine range that loves celebrating overlooked styles and regions. The delicious and memorable hand-picked wines focus on natural fermentation and minimal additions to be unique and site-expressive. There is a kaleidoscope of styles including various Great Southern Rieslings, Pinot Noirs and a Grenache Rose, and a mix of Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Chardonnay and Cabernet blends. 

Cellar Door

A simple, laidback, unpretentious space to enjoy some remarkable wine, the cellar door is located on Caves Road, about 15 minutes’ drive north of Margaret River town. Wine tastings are available daily from 11am to 5pm. (11am to 4pm during Winter.)

The Food

Snake & Herring’s Yarri Restaurant has fast-become a hotspot dining in the south-west dining. It is located in Dunsborough and headed by one of WA’s most highly awarded chefs, Aaron Carr. The menu features only local produce and is inspired by the six seasons of the Noongar people and country, with all ingredients sourced sustainably and thoughtfully.

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

South By South West

Combining respect for the land with innovative viticultural practices, South by South West utilises traditional, artisanal and contemporary winemaking techniques.

  • Wine Variety:Syrah,Tempranillo,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Rosé,Malbec,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Pinot Noir,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Established:2016
  • Brands:South by South West

Description

South by South West combine growing fruit themsleves and sourcing fruit from a loyal network of pioneering growers in the region. Creating a story behind each wine made, the wine is given an opportunity to develop its own personality in a fully-attentive small batch.

By keeping intervention minimal to best showcase the region, South by South West demonstrates the complex characteristics and values of the south west in each wine made. Words used by South by South West to represent their brand are wine négociant and éleveur. Both of which, elaborate on the independent steps of vinification and the raising progression of the wine between fermentation and bottling. All in all, South by South West has dubbed itself a contemporary négociant-éleveur, fusing the traditional with the modern.

Currently, batch sizes are determined by fruit quality at harvest and how the fruit is showcased in the wine. South by South West prides itself on its Regional Classics as they represent the distinctive characteristics of varietals and terroir within the south west sub-regions. With generous fruit-driven flavours, the Regional Classics are young, vibrant and ready to drink, with room to mature.
Additionally, South by South West hosts their One Tonne Projects, which are limited to what is produced from one tonne of the best fruit they can source. No boundaries are placed on the winemaking process, as they range from single varietals to blends and stainless steel to concrete tanks. Each wine is only produced once, fully expressing the terroir complexity and environmental conditions of each vintage. South by South West also offer an even smaller batch wine labelled Barrel Batches. These batches are limited to one barrel only, but packed full of personality. Despite their small runs, these experimental wines have a fun and adventurous feel.

South by South West places great emphasis on their friendly team environment from the owners, Mij and Liv, to the growers, to their very own wine dog. Mij and Liv also place emphasis on their efforts to minimise their environmental impact, by sourcing the best local fruits and supporting local charities through their Wine Club initiative.
The South by South West Wine Club offers the opportunity to build a South by South West portfolio from vintage to vintage at an exclusive rate. It also guarantees exclusive allocation to some of their smaller batches that sell out before even being released to the public. 

Swinney

Discover unique regional wines from one of Frankland River’s original farming families, named a Top 10 New Australian Winery in James Halliday’s Wine Companion, 2015.

  • Wine Variety:Riesling,Mourvedre,Syrah,Shiraz,Grenache
  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Great Southern:Frankland River
  • Vineyards:160 hectares
  • Winemaker:Rob Mann
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Brands:Swinney
  • Cases Produced:2500 cases
  • Established:1998

Description

The Swinney Family have owned their farmland in Frankland River since 1922 when George John Alexander settled there. Their property, ‘Franklands’ is located on the banks of the Frankland River and the terrain is hilly, with ironstone gravel and loam soils and surrounded by jarrah and red gum trees.

The farm diversified into viticulture in 1998 and four vineyards were established around the property, selected for their unique assets for grape growing. Frankland River regional hero varieties; Cabernet and Syrah (Shiraz) are the focus, with Riesling following. A few varieties rarely seen in the region are planted too, including Grenache and Tempranillo that contribute to remarkable Syrah and Cabernet blends.

Swinney Wines were named one of James Halliday’s Top Ten New Australian Wineries in 2015.

The wines are available directly from the estate or selected retailers in Australia, the UK and Singapore.

Halliday Rating

5 Stars

 

 

tripe.Iscariot

Tripe.Iscariot’s fascinating and unique wines challenge the over-purified and homogenous industry standard.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Chenin Blanc,Malbec,Marsanne,Semillon,Syrah,Chardonnay

Details

  • Winemaker:Remi
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

A no waste and no ‘cleaning up’ of the wine initiative is what sets tripe.Iscariot apart from its competitors. The wines successfully harness the unusual techniques at various points of their elevage. Guise wanted to offer something modern and inspirational to the wine drinker. Using everything from berry to stalk, makes the most complex and interesting flavours which is highlighted in these wines.

Remi Guise is passionate about wine. Spending his days as a manager at Naturaliste Vintners, he prides himself on his knowledge of the winemaking process. Tripe.Iscariot has won many credible awards and accolades, including 95 out of 100 from James Halliday. The chardonnay also featured top 10 in the Margaret River Chardonnay list.

The tripe.Isacariot range consists of three wines; Brawn, Aspic and Marrow. The Brawn range consists of hand-picked Chardonnay grapes. 25% of these grapes are fermented as whole-bunches, submerged under un-clarified juice extracted from the other 75% which were cold-pressed as whole-bunches. Tasting notes of jasmine, wet slate and white pear are present in this range, which a tensile palate of fine bone tannin, lithe stone fruit and fresh tones of limes and nectarines.

The Aspic range is of the Grenache variety, showcasing wisps of raspberry, crushed granite and glazed cherries. The finish on this wine has a quenching mix of creamy oak tones and red berries. Lastly, the Marrow range is a medium bodied red blend made from hand-picked Malbec and Syrah grapes. Part of the harvest was fermented as whole-bunches submerged under the remainder of the fruit, and cold-crushed on top. This creates a bloody, dark-hearted blend.

Vasse Felix

Margaret River’s founding wine estate and winner of the international 2017 New World Winery of the Year Award. Offering an exceptional wine collection, wine lounge, restaurant, art gallery and museum.

  • Wine Variety:Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Syrah,Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Shiraz,Dessert,Cabernet Sauvignon,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Sparkling,Malbec,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-5pm
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Vineyards:260 hectares
  • Winemaker:Virginia Willcock
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Light Food,Functions,Cellar Door,Gallery,Restaurant
  • Cases Produced:150 000 cases
  • Established:1967
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

Description

Established in 1967 by regional pioneer Dr Tom Cullity, Vasse Felix is Margaret River's founding wine estate.

One of the great wine regions of the world, Margaret River enjoys a truly unique environment and climate which makes it a paradise for winemakers and wine lovers alike.  From the first plantings right up to the modern day, Vasse Felix has always strived to explore and express the very best of the Margaret River region and to share it globally.   

Owned by the Holmes a Court family since 1987, Vasse Felix has carefully expanded its vineyards over the decades to include four distinct and exceptional sites around the Margaret River region.  Each vineyard is matched to the best possible varieties and clones, and farmed sustainably using traditional and organic practices. 

In 2017 Vasse Felix was awarded the international title of ‘New World Winery of the Year’ by US Wine Enthusiast Magazine, one of six Australian wineries to ever win this title.

The Wines

Vasse Felix's wines reflect the varietal strengths of Margaret River, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon blends.  All wines are vinified with minimal intervention and bottled within the Estate’s modern winery, situated at their Home Vineyard overlooking the Wilyabrup Brook. The Vasse Felix winemaking philosophy is founded on the beliefs that great wines are made in the vineyard, must be authentic expressions of their place, and are the work of a great team of passionate people.

Wine Tasting

The Vasse Felix Cellar Door - also located at the Home Vineyard - is renowned and offers a range of experiences. Enjoy a classic over the counter wine tasting or self-paced seated option, alternatively linger in the chic wine lounge over a glass of wine or wine flight with charcuterie. A range of historic vintages are available by the glass also. No trip to Margaret River is complete without a visit, tour or tasting at the Vasse Felix Cellar Door. Open 10am-5pm daily. 

For a more bespoke experience, book a behind the scenes, epicurean tour or fill a day with Vasse Felix’s Cape to Vine tour, operated in collaboration with local guide Cape to Cape Explorer Tours.

The Food

A national benchmark winery restaurant, Vasse Felix Chef Brendan Pratt creates modern cuisine with a strong focus on local, seasonal produce and a clever balance of artistry and simplicity to complement the Wine Collection. While bookings are recommended, a few walk-in seats can be snapped up at the chef’s table. Open for lunch daily 12pm - 3pm.

Unique Highlights

Aside from visiting the region’s oldest vines, explore the wow-factor museum space - The Vault, chronicling the history of Vasse Felix and Margaret River in the early days and housing Margaret River's oldest red wine - the 1972 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon. A seasonal program of exhibitions from Australia’s largest private art collection is shown at the Vasse Felix gallery.

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

Walsh And Sons

A small batch, family-owned winery fusing creative age-old winemaking techniques with classic Margaret River varieties to create interesting wines with big personality.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Syrah

Details

  • Brands:Walsh and Sons
  • Established:2016
  • Winemaker:Ryan Walsh & Freya Hohnen
  • Size & Year:Established 2011 - 2019
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

Walsh & Sons is a family-owned winery creating small batches of wine with big personalities. The winery was created by husband and wife team Ryan Walsh and Freya Hohnen who have a lifetime of agriculture and viticulture pedigree between them and the wines themselves are named after the pair’s children, nieces and nephews.

The wines are made using traditional methods in the vineyard and natural winemaking techniques in order to create expressive styles that are fun, youthful and different to the mainstream. 

The wines focus on technique over technology, represented in an interesting collection of blends reimagining popular Margaret River varieties with new energy and curiosity.

Available online and at selected retailers.

Windows Estate

Discover some of Margaret River’s most interesting artisan, single vineyard wines, made with ancient methods and minimal intervention, including a rare basket-pressed series.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Cabernet Franc,Malbec,Petit Verdot,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Sparkling,Merlot Blend,Semillon,Syrah,Viognier,Chenin Blanc,Method Traditionale,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Cabernet
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:10am - 5pm Everyday

Details

  • Established:1996
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food,Organic (Certified),Kids Play Area,Functions,Dogs Welcome,Picnic Facilities,Wheelchair Access
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes, ramp from car park into Cellar Door
  • Cases Produced:2500
  • Vineyards:6.3 hectares
  • Winemaker:Chris Davies
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Margaret River:Yallingup

Description

Chris, Jo, Lucas and Violette Davies are a young West Australian family and the grape growers and artisan wine producers at Windows Estate.

All Windows Estate vines are cared for meticulously and dry block grown to ensure maximum concentration of flavours. Chris, a passionate viticulturist, completes every vineyard operation single-handedly. Apart from the very day the grapes are harvested, no one else is ever allowed to touch his vines!

In the winery, the preference is toward ancient, hand-processing methods with minimal use of machinery. As one of few remaining wineries still using a manual basket press, Window’s Estate Basket Pressed Cabernet Merlot, Basket Pressed Cabernet Sauvignon and Basket Pressed Shiraz are special propositions in Margaret River.

Sustainability is a key focus and over 60% of the Estate is reserved as natural bushland. Minimal intervention is employed in grape growing and winemaking processes and as a certified organic vineyard only organic fertilisers are used.

Cellar Door tastings are available daily. We also make our own pickles on site at our picklery, using locally grown produce. These can also be tasted and purchased at our cellar door. Cheese platters can be purchased to enjoy at the Estate. Being a small, family business, bookings are requested for tasting groups of 6 or more people.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Xabregas Wines

Impeccably managed by the experienced Hogan family, this sustainable vineyard utilises a hands-on vineyard approach to create unique, terroir-influenced, award-winning wines.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Riesling,Shiraz,Syrah,Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door

Details

  • Established:1996
  • Great Southern:Mount Barker
  • Cases Produced:10000
  • Vineyards:80 hectares
  • Winemaker:Luke Eckersley
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

The Xabregas story begins with one man, Terry Hogan, who scoured the Great Southern, deciding upon land in Mount Barker to establish his vineyard in 1996. Currently run by son Paul (the fifth generation of this Western Australian farming family) who has refined the focus to Shiraz (Syrah) and Riesling. Talented winemaker Andrew Hoadley, provides a hands-on approach within this sustainable vineyard. The wines are highly-acclaimed by the critics.

Halliday Rating

4/5 Stars

 

Zarephath Wines

Small but mighty, this family-run vineyard and cafe incorporates a 'grass roots' approach and organic principles to make award-winning wines at the eastern end of the stunning Porongurup Range.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Rosé,Sparkling Shiraz,Syrah,Sparkling,Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Shiraz
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Mon to Sun 11am to 4pm; Cafe: Sat & Sun 11am to 4pm

Details

  • Winemaker:Robert Diletti
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Established:1994
  • Great Southern:Porongurup
  • Cases Produced:1500
  • Vineyards:8.9 hectares

Description

Originally established in 1995 by the Monastic Community, Zarephath Wines is currently owned and operated by Rosie Singer and partner Ian Barrett-Lennard. Boasting fertile soils, an easterly aspect and cool summer breezes, the vineyard's low-yielding, award-winning wines are produced utilising organic principles to enhance the Great Southern region's varietal characteristics.

The Wines

Zarephath varieties include Riesling, Chardonnay, Petit Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sparkling Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Merlot. Wines can be purchased online, by the glass or bottle at the winery's cafe, or at the cosy cellar door (open daily from 11am - 4pm).  

The Food

Situated alongside the estate's cellar door, the Zarephath Cafe utilises local produce (including delectable Porongurup sheep cheese) to produce cafe favourites to be enjoyed overlooking beautiful views to Mount Many Peaks and the estate's sweeping vineyard. Open for Friday to Sunday 11am - 4pm (bookings essential).

Halliday Rating

4/5 Stars

 

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