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Attractions in Cowaramup


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Candy Cow

Margaret River region's finest makers of Butter and Cream Fudge, Adult Fudges, Fudge Sauces and "Real" honey Honeycomb using Western Australian and local honeys from the Margaret River Region.

  • Open days/Times:Open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm
  • Activity:Lolly Shop
  • Type:Attractions

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Description

Candy Cow is a Victorian style fudge and lolly shop where free samples are available as well as fine coffee and tea. Listed as a tourist attraction for families and the "young at heart" where you may see delicious crunchy Honeycomb or smooth rich Fudge being handmade. A range of "Adult Fudges", Chocolates, Fudge Sauces as well as Lollies are also available. Free confectionery demonstrations may be viewed through large glass windows, as well as talks given on the confectionery being manufactured. Families are always welcome. Air conditioned.

Millers Ice Cream

Your very welcome at the Millers Cottage – It’s for all the family!

  • Type:Attractions
  • Open days/Times:Mon-Wed 10:30am-5pm, Thur 10:30am-9pm, Fri 10:30am-5pm, Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
  • Activity:Icecreamery

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Description

We are closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Winter Break 17th August to 1st September

Nature's Pirouette: Floral Installation

Howard Park has unveiled its annual art installation – a ballet-inspired mobile floral sculpture spanning 7 metres floor-to-ceiling in the middle of its Margaret River cellar door.

  • Open days/Times:10am - 5pm Daily
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)

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Description

Named Nature’s Pirouette, the piece of “quiet elegance” was constructed on site over 8 hours by botanical stylist and floral designer Cherise Woodhams of De La Terre, incorporating a unique feature element: second-hand pointe shoes from West Australian Ballet.

Howard Park is a proud sponsor of West Australian Ballet and has a long-running family history with professional ballet in Australia. It is the only winery in Australia – and, most likely, the world – to boast a former Principal Dancer and Soloist on its staff (David Burch & Lesley Scogna, both siblings of owner Jeff Burch). The winery has named an entire range of Methode Traditionelle sparkling wines after this ballet history: the Jeté collection.

“We loved Cherise’s work as a local floral designer, and approached her to create something for cellar door using old pointe shoes,” said Cellar Door Manager Emily Bromell. “She took that idea and interpreted it beyond our expectations. The thought put in at such detail is remarkable.”

West Australian Ballet were kind enough to donate over 200 pointe shoes to the project, with a selection of the best being utilised in Nature’s Pirouette, suspended from delicate ribbons from the floating floral sculptures above.

“A pointe shoe is a key tool for female dancers, it enhances their elegance and is a key piece of the live art that they create on-stage,” said West Australian Ballet Artistic Director Aurélien Scannella.

“The use of the pointe shoes in the piece is a beautiful symbol of the art made when performing, and exemplifies the strong synergies between two world-class brands, Howard Park Wines and West Australian Ballet.”

The floral art piece will be on view from Saturday, September 28 (the Queen’s Birthday long weekend) at Howard Park’s Margaret River Cellar Door, until the end of January. 

Cherise said the piece was inspired by a sense of weightlessness in the flow and movement of ballerinas. The sculpture features dried flora of livistona and lotus leaves with accents of babies breath, eucalyptus, pampas & sea holly to incorporate a textural contrast.

“I was drawn to the gentle elegance of a ballerina and the movement in their costume.  I aimed to mimic the soft folds & flow of fabric with the layers and direction of the leaves while using babies breath to reference the tulle of a tutu.” said Cherise.

“Muted elegance” was how she summed up her work, creating impact with repetition of material and tonal colours. Cherise was inspired by the ballet, but also the architecturally-awarded cellar door building itself.

“I looked to the natural beauty of the region, the cellar door & the movement of a dancer,” she said. “I drew inspiration for the colours from the cellar door surrounds: the colour of the concrete walls, the wooden-clad ceiling, the [9-metre Andrew Carter] painting as well as the ballet shoes themselves.  I wanted to quietly compliment the surrounds without overpowering them.”

The installation is composed to take full advantage of the Howard Park cellar door - one of the foremost architectural designs in the Margaret River region. The building was awarded by the Royal Institute of Architects in 2000 and named one of Australia’s top 12 buildings by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2005. It is a prime example of Feng Shui design in Western Australia.

David Burch had a long and illustrious career in ballet, working as a principal dancer with the Australian Ballet from 1977 – 1983. His sister Lesley worked with the WA Ballet Company from 1972 – 1977. After their dance careers, both David and Lesley found passion within the wine business with the former working as the long-serving Vineyard Manager of the Leston property (now semi-retired), and the latter as a Brand and Sales Ambassador.

Steered by the Burch family, Howard Park has had a long association with the arts; particularly focusing on West Australian artists. The winery commissioned two natural art pieces in 2018: the vine sculpture Transience by Stu McMillan; & in a region-first, Flora Suspended, a ‘decaying floral chandelier’ by Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers.

 

Small Family Winery and Vineyard Experience

Three small family owned and operated wineries. Three stories of grape growing and winemaking in Margaret River, told by the owners on a personal tour.

  • Course Duration:4 hours
  • Open days/Times:As per pre booked arrangements
  • Tour Duration:4 hours
  • Tour Price:$600
  • Type:Tours
  • Activity:Food & Drink
  • Suited For:Adults Only

Details

  • Tour Capacity:6
  • Tour Locations:Margaret River Wine Region
  • Open Days:Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

Brown Hill Estate, Cape Grace Wines and Windows Estate

Visit three family vineyards from three different sub-regions of Margaret River on a personal tour with the owners.

As a personal guest of the vineyard owners you will have the opportunity to explore the sites and wines produced in three of Margaret River's Small Family Vineyard/Wineries. The owners will personally take you through their award winning wines, produced in tiny quantities, fully grown, processed and bottled on site, allowing you to experience wines that are a genuine representation of artisan winemaking.

Arriving at Brown Hill Estate at 1pm, venture off the beaten track and arrive at Cape Grace Wines at 2.30pm then journey to your final destination Windows Estate at 4pm. This is a self drive tour, please contact us if you would like the option of adding a driver service to your tour.

Your private tour includes:

Walk through the vineyard with the owners.

Learn about the seasons of the vineyard and the intricacies of grape growing and harvesting.

As a personal guest of the owner you will be guided through a private tasting in the vineyard /barrel room / winery of the flagship wines from each of the three Single Vineyard Estates.

Go behind the scenes in the winery where you will learn the three different approaches to winemaking.

Option for wine purchases to be consolidated and shipped either domestically or internationally at the final location.

Bookings are essential as you will meet with the family members behind the estate name.

This is a private tour with a minimum of 1 person and a maximum of 6 people in your booking.

Enclosed footwear is required to take the tour.

This experience is only suitable for persons aged 18+

From: AU$600

Winemaking 101 at Cape Grace

Join us on the journey from the vineyard to the bottle. A unique wine experience which encapsulates the intricacies of the vineyard, insights into the winery and a glimpse into our history.

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Description

A unique wine experience which encapsulates the intricacies of the vineyard from the man who planted and to this day still cares for the vines. Robert Karri-Davies will guide you through our picturesque vineyard and explain all that makes this specific vineyard site so special, learn who first selected this site over 50 years ago and why!! From the soil to the microclimate and the influences they have on what goes into your glass . Thevines are nurtured under ‘best practise’ programmes, using organic principles and the benefits of these will be explained as you wander through the vines and are introduced to Rob’s long time friends.

The journey from the vineyard to the winery might be short in terms of actual distance as all fruit is processed onsite in our boutique winery however the timeline is a year long journey through the seasons of Margaret River and Robert will explain the practices and processes of each season both in the vineyard and then into the winery.

After touring the vineryard, you will then put on your winemaker’s hat as we take it into the winery. Harvesting and hand processing of our pristine fruit will be explained and the workings of our well loved basket press will be demonstrated. Oak choices and characteristics will be explained and then you will then conduct blending trials to determine your perfect wine.

We will then conclude with a tasting of our current releases and the opportunity to taste and savour a specialty from the museum.

 

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