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Chenin Blanc Wine Variety Wineries in Dunsborough/Yallingup

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Wineries in Dunsborough Yallingup


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Aravina Estate

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

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

Details

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

Description

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

 

Blind Corner

Discover traditional Margaret River varieties made with experimental winemaking that breaks away from the norm at this certified biodynamic and organic family-owned estate.

  • Open Days/times:10am to 4pm, Thursday to Saturday
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Pinot Gris,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz

Details

  • Brands:Blind Corner
  • Established:2005
  • Winemaker:Ben
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Organic (Certified)
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Margaret River:Yallingup

Description

In 2005 Naomi and Ben purchased their vineyard in Wilyabrup, Margaret River. They sold grapes to other winemakers whilst completing the organic certification process for their vineyard. At the same time, the pair enjoyed an epic three-year trip of wine tasting and surfing in Europe to discover the spectrum of old-world techniques through which wine can be made without additives.

Naomi and Ben returned to their vineyard in 2009 and Blind Corner began. The winery now owns two Margaret River vineyards, a winemaking facility and a bottling line, all of which are certified organic and biodynamic by Australian Certified Organic. 


The Wines

Fusing old world techniques and new world knowledge, Blind Corner create wines using only natural yeasts and minimal additives. The label is known for its endless experimentation with creative winemaking, for instance air-drying, skins ferments and carbonic maceration. This is done under their constant questioning of, ‘what would happen if we do this?’ Much of the range features Margaret River varieties made in highly original ways, like an early harvest Shiraz, air-dried Cabernet Sauvignon and a full-skins fermented Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend.

Wine Tasting

Taste the wines at Blind Corner’s new cellar door, open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Contact the winery for details.

 

Flametree Wines

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

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

Details

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

Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Mongrel Creek Vineyard

Enjoy quality wines at an affordable price from this boutique, family-owned vineyard named in honour of what they call “Mongrel Creek”, nearby their property on the outskirts of Dunsborough.

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

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Brands:Mongrel Creek, Le Mongrel Champe
  • Cases Produced:1400
  • Established:1996
  • Vineyards:2.8 hectares
  • Winemaker:Tony Davis, Genevieve Stols

Description

Mongrel Creek winery was established in 1996 by Larry and Shirley Schoppe. Their Sparkling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Merlot can be sampled from a quaint, timber tasting hut, open daily from 10:30am - 5pm. 

Swings & Roundabouts

Known locally for its lively atmosphere and delicious wines, rustic woodfired pizza, upbeat music, open fires, cosy corners and a huge lawn that offers some of the best views in Margaret River.

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

Details

  • Dinner Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Facilities:Dogs Welcome,Cellar Door,Restaurant
  • Winemaker:Brian Fletcher
  • Lunch Open:Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Cases Produced:20000
  • Established:2004
  • Vineyards:5 hectares
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays

Description

The name Swings & Roundabouts celebrates the creative and skilled balancing act performed by nature and their winemakers to develop the individuality and quality in the bottle. What you lose on the swings, you pick up on the roundabouts.

No-one knows where the expression originally came from, but there does seem to be a consistent meaning across the many corners of the world. Think coins falling out of your pockets, then finding a couple of notes in the sand. Maybe it does all work out evenly in the end?

The Wines
Swings & Roundabouts has a strong belief in the “Mediterranean” style of northern Margaret River fruit that makes the wines great for drinking, with or without food. Skilled winemaking and carefully selected fruit delivers consistent value-for-money, premium wines. It's classic Margaret River - fresh, creative, friendly and loads of backyard fun!

Yallingup Cellar Door
The Yallingup Cellar Door is a comfortable, versatile space, filled with upbeat music, open fires, cosy corners and a huge lawn with some of the best views in Margaret River. Enjoy a casual menu, shared plates, woodfired pizza, epic desserts and kid-friendly options. There’s also a serious coffee machine!

Swings Taphouse
Located in Margaret River town, Taphouse is the local’s Local. Swings & Roundabouts wines on tap, guest wines from other local heroes and simple, rustic food loaded with delicious flavours. Open daily, 12pm – late.

Halliday Rating
4.5 Black Stars

Windance Estate

Enjoy superb wines from one of Margaret River’s most awarded boutique producers at their relaxed, modern and child-friendly cellar door.

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

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1998
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Cases Produced:3500
  • Vineyards:7.25 hectares
  • Winemaker:Tyke Wheatley
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Windance Estate is a family owned and operated vineyard established by Drew and Rosemary Brent-White in 1998. The relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere allows the wine to do the talking. There’s a modern tasting bar, children’s playroom and outdoor seating for spectacular views over the vineyard.

A focus on sustainable land management and environmentally friendly viticultural practices produces their quality range of sparkling, white, red and fortified wines.

Winner of more than 10 trophies and 40 gold medals, Windance is one of the most successful small producers in the region. Award highlights include “Best West Australian Red” at the Perth Royal Wine Show, “Wine of Show” and “Best Cabernet” at the Margaret River Wine Show, “Best White Blend” at the Boutique Wine Awards and “Best White Blend” at the Qantas Mt Barker Wine Show.

Being a small, family business, bookings are requested for tasting groups of 6 or more people.

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

Details

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

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

Wine and cheese pairing at Windows Estate

Enjoy a private seated wine tasting with matching cheeses whilst overlooking the vineyard.

  • Open Days/times:10am to 5pm seven days a week
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet,Chenin Blanc,Fume Blanc,Merlot Blend,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Syrah,Sparkling,Cabernet Franc,Malbec,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay

Details

  • Vineyards:6 hectares
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Winemaker:Chris Davies
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome,Light Food,Picnic Facilities,Wheelchair Access,Kids Play Area,Organic (Certified)
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Brands:Windows Estate
  • Cases Produced:2500 cases
  • Established:1999

Description

Enjoy a tasting at Windows Estate, with paired cheeses. You can enjoy it out on the patio during the warmer months, or by the fire when its cold outside. We'll show you how different wines match up to different cheeses and help you discover the basics of food and wine pairings.

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