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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,Dessert,Rose,Merlot Cabernet,Muscat
  • 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
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Cellar Door
  • Great Southern:Frankland River
  • Cases Produced:52000 cases
  • Vineyards:106.16 hectares
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

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

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

Details

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

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.

Beulah Wines

A charming, family-owned and operated vineyard producing high quality, award-winning wines within the stunning Blackwood Valley Wine Region.

  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Viognier
  • Open Days/times:No cellar door

Details

  • Vineyards:9.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Craig Nield, Jodi Nield and Richard Nield
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Brands:Beulah Wines
  • Cases Produced:Less than 999
  • Established:2007
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010

Description

Located in Boyup Brook, Beulah Wines began operations in 2007 within a 10 hectare vineyard. Owned by Craig, Jodi and Richard Nield. The estate grown wines have received a number of awards at local and national wine shows.

Varieties at Beulah include Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz and are available by mail order from the winery.

Blue Poles Vineyard

Two geologists scoured over 1000kms before planting their dream vineyard east of Margaret River, with a range including Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Shiraz and Italian varieties Fiano and Teroldego.

  • Open Days/times:No cellar door.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Franc,Merlot,Shiraz,Viognier

Details

  • Vineyards:6 hectares
  • Winemaker:Clive Otto - Fraser Gallop
  • Brands:Blue Poles
  • Cases Produced:750 cases
  • Established:2001
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Margaret River:Treeton

Description

This winery takes its name from an iconic Australian painting, ‘Blue Poles: Number 11, 1952) by artist Jackson Pollock, who was known for paintings of grace, depth, wonder and awe. The Blue Poles painting was a watershed acquisition by the National Australian Gallery in the 1970s, representing a move toward from colonial ties to free thought and independence in Australia. Blue Poles vineyard aims to emulate these traits in its vineyard and wines.

The vineyard is a joint venture between two geologists, Mark Gifford and Tim Markwell, who committed to their business plan from a minesite donga in 2001. They inspected thousands of kilometres of land before settling on the property 15 kilometres east of the Margaret River township for its large pockets of iron-rich gravels over clay, slopes to the south-west and cool climate for the long ripening of fruit.

A total of 7 hectares have been planted at Blue Poles vineyard, with 6.3 hectares dedicated to Merlot, Shiraz Cabernet Franc and Viognier. The remainder is dedicated to small sections of various trial varieties.

The wine range includes a Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Shiraz and Italian varieties; Fiano and Teroldego. The flagship ‘Allouran’ is a Bordeaux-inspired blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and represents the owners’ core belief that location, soil, climate, passion and history can achieve special wines.

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:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc,Dessert,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz,Sparkling,Syrah,Tempranillo,Viognier
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • 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

Details

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

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: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,Botrytis Riesling,Cabernet,Cabernet Merlot
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm

Details

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

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

Flowstone Winery

This super-experienced wine duo’s classic and surprising interpretations of Margaret River’s regional heroes has seen them shoot to the top of the critics’ charts in a record amount of time.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Viognier
  • Open Days/times:By appointment
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Appointment Only
  • Brands:Flowstone
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2011 - 2019
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Cases Produced:1000 cases
  • Established:2013
  • Vineyards:2.25 hectares
  • Winemaker:Stuart Pym

Description

Set in the beautiful Forest Grove just south of Margaret River is this tiny grape-grower and winemaker. Flowstone is the creation of local winemaker of 30+ years of experience, Stuart Pimms and wine fanatic businessman, Phil Giglia.

Their vineyard is located 6km inland from the Indian Ocean, where the Margaret River Plateau joins the Leeuwin Naturaliste coastal strip. Their approach is hands-on throughout the journey from grape to glass. Retaining their boutique size allows for an intimate understanding of the vines, the land and the production.

Critic James Halliday said of Flowstone early on, “every now and then a new producer will pop up with wines that are really good, and ultimately vie for inclusion in the list of ten of the best new wineries in the next Companion... this is one new winery that will quite certainly be in the top 10, for its ranks among the best I can remember."

The Wines
With an aim to be interesting and enjoyable, Flowstone creates both regional classics and some surprise styles like a rich and Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga (a Portuguese twist in Margaret River’s famed red). Curious wine enthusiasts will love discovering these exciting interpretations that reflect wine styles the owners love to drink.

Wine Tasting
No cellar door.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Harris River Estate

Join the Hillier family at this estate producing a range of sumptuous wines, beers, ciders and a tasty tapas, best enjoyed on the estate's cosy verandah!

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Merlot,Shiraz,Verdelho,Viognier,Sparkling,Fortified,Rose,Dessert,Port
  • Open Days/times:Wed to Sun 11am to 4pm
  • Wine Region:Central WA

Details

  • Established:2000
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food,Picnic Facilities,Restaurant
  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Dinner Open:Saturday,Holidays,Wednesday,Friday
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Vineyards:24 hectares
  • Winemaker:Jane Gilham
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)
  • Cases Produced:2000

Description

Established in 2000 by the Hillier family, the estate is a single vineyard producer that also operates a microbrewery and accommodation from its premises. Situated 5km north of Collie, on the eastern border of the Geographe Wine Region, this prime location provides ironstone gravel soils and a cool altitude to enable production of premium wines with finesse and flavour.

The Wines

Harris River produce Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz, Verdelho and Chardonnay. They also have the unique offer of purchasing wine in a keg, perfect for events or who like to keep their environment footprint minimal.

Cellar Door & Restaurant

Complimentary wine and beer tastings can be enjoyed alongside a tasty, seasonal tapas grazing menu. Open Wednesday to Sunday 12pm - 3:30pm. The restaurant is open for light, healthy breakfasts and tapas lunches from Friday to Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Visitors can dine alfresco on the verandah, have a picnic on the lawn, or sit inside the restaurant beside a cosy log fire.

 

Hillbille Winery

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

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

Details

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

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.  

McHenry Hohnen

The outcome of two wine legends making original, biodynamic, small-batch wines from their Margaret River family vineyards, plus an excellent range of artisan charcuterie at their Caves Rd cellar door.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Grenache,Malbec,Marsanne,Petit Verdot,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Tempranillo,Viognier,Zinfandel,Grenache Shiraz,Merlot Cabernet,Rose,Cabernet,Merlot
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:10:30am to 4:30pm

Details

  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010,Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)
  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Margaret River:Treeton
  • Cases Produced:10000
  • Established:2004

Description

McHenry Honen is the fusion of an accomplished fine-wine retailer, Murray McHenry, with one of Margaret River’s most respected pioneers David Hohnen (founder of Cape Mentelle).

Their aim is to make the most site expressive wines they can from their three distinct family vineyards in Margaret River, all of which are 100% biodynamic. Biodynamics revolves around an environmental equilibrium. It is similar to organic farming, in that both preclude the use of chemicals, however biodynamic farming incorporates ideas about a vineyard as an ecosystem, and also accounts for astrological influences and lunar cycles.

The Wines
There is an unwavering focus on making distinct, site expressive wines and on embracing the individual characters that come from the different plots in the vineyards. This is achieved through minimal-intervention using wild yeasts, minimal sulphur, no filtration and large format oak and concrete fermenters. The range includes Margaret River’s specialty varieties and a few unexpected surprises. More than five single-site Chardonnays showcase just how different the flavours of this variety can be because of different site influences in the vineyard.

Wine Tasting
The cellar door is conveniently located on Caves Road, just five minutes from Margaret River town. The wines can be tasted between 10.30 and 4.30pm daily.

Unique Highlights
Don’t leave without some of David Hohnen’s smoked cold meats, sausages and traditionally made smallgoods from side venture, The Farm House Margaret River. These are sold from the McHenry Hohnen Cellar Door. David works with farmers around the region on this venture and his meats have a great reputation, especially with many of the local winemakers to enjoy with their friends and wines!

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Peacetree Estate

Enjoy special, appointment-only tastings with this boutique, hands-on, family-owned winery whose much-loved wine range sells out quickly each year.

  • Open Days/times:11am to 5pm, Thursday to Monday. Everyday by appointment.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Tempranillo,Viognier

Details

  • Cases Produced:1400
  • Established:1995
  • Vineyards:11 acres
  • Winemaker:Paul Green, Severine Maudoux
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Facilities:Dogs Welcome,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Boutique winery, Peacetree Estate has almost 11 acres under vine and makes low preservative wines with an organic and artisan approach. The family owned and run winery prides itself on its Cabernets, Fumé Blanc, dry Rose, Tempranillo and brandy liqueur.

Peactree Estate was established in 1995 with the planting of 180 olive trees. The olives were upstaged when Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted the following year. The first wines made in 2001 sold out in a record five months!

Wine Tasting

Private tastings can be made by appointment between 11am to 5pm Thursday through to Monday.

Picardy Winery

Discover the sophisticated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of Australian wine’s highly-respected Pannell family who grow outstanding single vineyard wines from their property in Pemberton.

  • Open Days/times:Appointment only.
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Viognier
  • Wine Region:Southern Forests

Details

  • Brands:Picardy
  • Cases Produced:6000 cases
  • Established:1993
  • Vineyards:10 hectares
  • Winemaker:Bill and Dan Pannell
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Appointment Only
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

One of Australia’s leading premium producers, Picardy was established by Bill, Sandra and Dan Pannell, the same family who established the iconic Margaret River winery, Moss Wood.

All wines are estate-grown on Picardy’s single vineyard property in Pemberton on unirrigated, cane-pruned and handpicked vines. The vineyard is managed meticulously utilising the most labour-intensive practices for canopy management to grow ultra-premium fruit. The purpose-built winery was designed tapping into Bill and Dan’s forty years of experience and follows a minimal intervention approach to winemaking.

Burgundy varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the focus and a considerable variety of clones have been planted within the vineyard. The family have imported five clones of Pinot directly from Burgundy. Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and a Bordeaux inspired red blend are also made.

The wines are available direct online or through selected retailers and restaurants.

The cellar door is available by appointment only.

 

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:Sparkling,Fortified,Dessert,Botrytis Semillon,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Merlot,Merlot Blend,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet,Syrah,Verdelho,Viognier

Details

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

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.

Silkwood Wines

Surrounded by Karri forest with panoramic lake-views, discover this 4 Star Halliday winery’s superb regional range or indulge in contemporary dining, bursting with world-class local produce.

  • Wine Variety:Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Zinfandel,Sparkling,Rose,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Malbec,Viognier
  • Open Days/times:Fri to Mon 10am to 4pm
  • Wine Region:Southern Forests

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1999
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Cellar Door,Functions,Light Food
  • Winemaker:Chris Murtha
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Cases Produced:12,000 cases
  • Vineyards:23.5 hectares

Description

Nestled amongst magnificent and picturesque Karri and Jarrah forest, Silkwood Wines’ undulating landscape, a temperate climate and rich gravelly loam soils produce wines of exceptional quality. Owned by the Bowman family since 2004, the first vines of the 23 hectare vineyard  (Shiraz and Chardonnay) were planted in 1999. Subsequent plantings of many more grape varieties followed.

The Wines

Silkwood's extensive range focuses on regional varietal wines, expressed through three tiers. Pemberton’s flagship varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling are at the core of the range which is also embellished with Shiraz, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon, Malbec and two sparkling wines.

Cellar Door

The scenic, lakeside cellar door, with its knowledgeable staff provides the perfect relaxed setting to sample Silkwood Wine’s extensive range of wines. Open Friday to Monday 10am - 4pm.

The Food

Pemberton is renowned for its exceptional fresh produce and the Silkwood restaurant uses the finest local ingredients in its colourful, seasonal menu, created by world-class chefs. Perched lakeside with panoramic views of the Karri forest, this is the ideal setting to enjoy sumptuous gourmet delights and award-winning wines. Open Friday to Monday 10am - 4pm.

Halliday Rating

4 Stars

Tanglewood Wines

A micro-boutique winery making an exclusive range of small batch Cabernet, Merlot and Viognier made from their vineyard near the highest point of the Darling Scarp in the rolling hills of Bridgetown.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Viognier
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley

Details

  • Cases Produced:500 cases
  • Established:1999
  • Vineyards:6.2 hectares
  • Winemaker:Hamish Hume, Bernie Stanlake
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Set amongst the rolling hills of Bridgetown, the first vines at Tanglewood were planted in 1999. Close to the highest point on the Darling Scarp, the winery's warm climate, well-drained soils and gravelly loams provide quality advantages for the fruit produced. Being a small batch boutique winery, focus is placed on producing a small variety of wines at a very high calibre.

The Wines

Tanglewood varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Merlot and Viognier. As the winery does not have a cellar door, wines are available for purchase online and in speciality wine stores. A portion of Tanglewood wine is also exported to Manila and China.

Watershed Premium Wines

Located on Bussell Highway just south of Margaret River town, discover noteworthy wines, stunning modern cellar door, friendly restaurant and one of the prettiest vineyard vistas in the region.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet,Viognier,Zinfandel,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Merlot,Sangiovese,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Sparkling,Rose
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Mon to Sun 10am to 5 pm, restaurant: Wed to Sun 12pm to 3pm

Details

  • Facilities:Functions
  • Established:2001
  • Lunch Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Vineyards:137 hectares
  • Winemaker:Severine Logan, Conrad Tritt
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Cases Produced:100 000 cases

Description

Watershed was planted in 2001 and its first wines were made in 2002 to coincide with the opening of its spectacular cellar door just south of Margaret River town. This truly beautiful estate has a solid track record for producing award-winning wines and is without question one of the best maintained properties, with manicured lawns and possibly the prettiest vineyard vistas in the region.

The Wines
The winery is known for its finely-crafted and supremely enjoyable wines. Five ranges are made from Watershed’s vineyards in southern and northern Margaret River. In addition to the regional heroes, are the lesser seen varieties; Viognier, Sangiovese and Zinfandel.

Wine Tasting
The friendly team love guiding guests through their prized wines. Tastings of the full range are available daily. On Monday to Thursday a behind the scenes winery tour can be booked from $25 per person.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Whicher Ridge Wines

Whicher Ridge Wines is owned by two experienced vignerons, Neil and Cathy Howard, who between them have over 45 years of viticulture and winemaking experience working with high profile wineries.

  • Wine Region:Geographe
  • Wine Variety:Malbec,Petit Verdot,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Cabernet Sauvignon,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Viognier,Chardonnay,Sparkling
  • Open Days/times:Cellar Door: Thurs-Mon 10am-5pm

Details

  • Brands:Whicher Ridge, The Jetty
  • Geographe:Busselton / Capel
  • Facilities:BBQ Facilities,Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities,Wine Sensory Garden
  • Cases Produced:1500 cases
  • Vineyards:5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Cathy Howard
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:2004

Description

Their vineyard is located at a unique site south of Busselton, 170 metres above sea level in the Whicher Range to take full advantage of the cool winds that arrive off the Southern Ocean during Summer. The soils are gravelly ironstone sandy loam, similar to the highly-acclaimed Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. The vineyard was planted in 2004 with Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. New plantings of Malbec and Mourvedre have been added in recent years.

The Wines
An artisan wine producer, Whicher Ridge makes a range of sparkling and table wines which are single vineyard, single region wines. The grapes are sourced from its own vineyard and from vineyards in other WA wine regions including Frankland River in the Great Southern, and Margaret River.

Wine Tasting
The farm-style cellar door is open Thursday to Monday. Choose from a variety of tasting experiences, including an in-depth tasting and Wine Sensory Garden Tour which can be booked in advance. Enjoy the unique opportunity to taste with the winemaker and gain a firsthand understanding of three of Western Australia’s wine regions, and the philosophy behind the making of each of the wines. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, and stay a little longer to enjoy the peaceful, rural landscape and play a game of petanque. Dogs are also welcome to visit as long as they kept are on a lead.

Unique Highlights
Whicher Ridge is the only winery in Australia with a specially themed and planted Wine Sensory Garden. This is the centre piece of the wine tasting experience, with it’s plantings of fruit trees, herbs, flowers and seasonal vegetables which describe and match the flavours, textures and styles of the award winning Whicher Ridge Wines. Visitors can ‘Pick and Sip’ their way around the Garden, immersing all of their five senses in the experience and discovering along the way how to describe the flavours that they are tasting in a wine as well as learning how simple it is to pair food with wine.

Halliday Rating
5 Black Stars

Willow Bridge Estate

Experience a hidden jewel of the breathtaking Ferguson Valley at this 5 Star Halliday rated winery and cellar door, producing vibrant, estate-grown wines, just 20 minutes inland from Bunbury.

  • Wine Variety:Tempranillo,Fume Blanc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Viognier,Sparkling,Grenache,Rose,Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Shiraz,Cabernet,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon
  • Open Days/times:CLOSED: Online orders only
  • Wine Region:Geographe

Details

  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Cases Produced:20 000
  • Brands:Dragonfly Series, Estate Series, Black Dog Shiraz
  • Vineyards:59 hectares
  • Winemaker:Kim Horton
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Geographe:Ferguson Valley
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Established:1997

Description

After an extensive search, Jeff and Vicki Dewar found their Ferguson Valley property, situated high on the western watershed of the Darling Ranges. In 1997 they planted vines on the picturesque, 180 hectare hillside property, which high rainfall, dry summer seasons and Marri soils to produce quality fruit for premium wine production. Respected Western Australian winemaker Rob Bowen joined the team in 1999.

The Wines

Wines are made under four labels; Dragonfly, Estate, Black Dog and Maris Sol. Varieties include Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Tempranillo Cabernet and a traditional method Blanc de Blancs.

Cellar Door

In the heart of one of Western Australia’s most picturesque wine areas, Ferguson Valley, join the friendly staff for a fun and informative wine tasting of the full wine range. There are also quirky wine accessories available for purchase. Open weekdays 11am - 5pm, and weekends 12pm - 5pm.

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

 

 

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

Details

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

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

Woodgate Manjimup Wines

Experience a vibrant and evolving range of exciting regional wines at the warm and friendly cellar door of Manjimup locals; Mark and Tracey Aitken.

  • Wine Region:Southern Forests
  • Wine Variety:Rose,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet,Sparkling Shiraz,Tempranillo,Viognier,Sparkling,Cabernet Franc,Merlot,Merlot Cabernet,Pinot Noir
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Thursday to Saturday 10.30am to 4.30pm and Sunday 12.30-5.00pm

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Winemaker:Mark Aitken
  • Established:2006
  • Cases Produced:2000
  • Vineyards:5 hectare estate vineyard and 2 hectare leased vineyard

Description

Established in 2006, Woodgate Wines owned and operated by the Aitken family. Winemaker Mark Aitken has spent the last ten years making wine in the Pemberton and Manjimup districts at nearby Chestnut Grove Wines and also as a self-employed winemaking consultant.

The Wines

The wine portfolio is constantly changing with fruit sourced from the 5-hectare estate vineyard and selected parcels from local growers to make a range that is fresh, vibrant and individualistic.

Woodgate's extensive range includes Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon reds, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc whites, and two sparkling wines; Brut Cuvee and Shiraz.

Cellar Door

Taste the wines in the unhurried, relaxed atmosphere of the recently opened cellar door, which often includes the special opportunity to meet and chat with Mark. Open 10am-4:30pm Thursday-Saturday, and 12:30-4:30pm Sunday.

Halliday Rating

4 Stars

Xanadu Wines

Discover James Halliday’s Australian Winery of the Year (2014), one of the region’s pioneer estates, offering a range of tasting experiences and simple, modern dining at its award-winning restaurant.

  • Wine Variety:Graciano,Malbec,Rose,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Viognier,Chardonnay,Shiraz
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Mon to Sun 10am to 5pm, restaurant: Mon to Sun 12pm to 3pm
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Vineyards:109.5 hectares
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:70 000 cases
  • Facilities:Kids Play Area,Cellar Door,Light Food,Restaurant,Functions
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Xanadu Wines has grown into one of Margaret River’s most exciting labels. For three years running it was the Best Wine Exhibitor on Show at the Margaret River Wine Awards (2010, 2012, 2013). This was topped off in 2014 when Xanadu was awarded James Halliday’s Australian Winery of the Year.

A regional pioneer, Xanadu was established in 1977 by Dr John Lagan, an Irishman, who arrived in Margaret River in 1968 and was inspired by the pioneering spirit of the region. In 2005 the estate was purchased by the Rathbone family who own iconic Australian vineyards Mount Langi Ghiran and Yering Station.

There is an enclosed grass area and playground for kids, kids menu and colouring-in sheets are available.

The Wines
The wine range is grown from three estate-owned vineyards in Margaret River. The team’s philosophy is to nurture the wines through to the bottle, rather than ‘beating them into submission’ to make expressive, regional wines. With this principle and the leadership of winemaker Glenn Goodall the Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons are some Margaret River’s most acclaimed benchmarks.

The winery's Cabernet Sauvignon received the Jimmy Watson Trophy in 2018.

Wine Tasting
Built from granite and gneissic rocks excavated during the planting of the original vineyard, the cellar door first was used as artist studio. The rustic meets contemporary building in the heart of the vineyard, surrounded by native vegetation. All wines can be tasted daily and groups are encouraged to book a structured tasting, starting from $5 for 10 or more guests. Private winery tours can be arranged in advance too. Open daily 10am – 5pm.

The Food
A regular representative of The West Australian Good Food Guide’s Top 50 WA Restaurants, the Xanadu restaurant serves up classic, stylish meals made with produce from the nearby farms, ocean and the Xanadu vegetable garden. Look out for a special selection of museum wine releases that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, but in the Xanadu Restaurant. Executive Chef Melissa Kakoti has been at the helm since 2007. The restaurant is open daily from 12pm - 3pm.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

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