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Clairault Streicker Wines

Taste the influence of site in the region at this esteemed four-vineyard estate, which fuses its humble roots and gallant future with diverse, biologically-farmed wines and modern share-plate dining.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Riesling,Shiraz,Dessert,Chenin Blanc,Petit Verdot,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Sparkling,Rose,Pinot Noir
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Cellar Door,Light Food,Restaurant,Wheelchair Access,Dogs Welcome
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Vineyards:200 hectares
  • Cases Produced:19 000
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

First planted in 1976, Clairault Streicker has grown from a modest 4-hectare vineyard to a 200-hectare estate, incorporating four premium vineyards throughout Margaret River. The estate maintains an exceptional track record for its wines, which are grown following natural, biological farming principles.

Clairault Steicker combines two unique Margaret River wine stories. Streicker Wines began with a Yallingup vineyard in 2002, acquired by US native John Streicker who was so taken with the local lifestyle, sustainable viticulture ethos and world-class wines when visiting in 2001 that he decided to pursue his wine dreams in Margaret River. In 2012, historic estate Clairault Wines became part of the Streicker portfolio. Major enhancements have been made to all vineyard management to continually improve fruit and wine quality.

The Wines
The wine range celebrates the diversity of Margaret River’s hero varieties when grown in different areas of the wine appellation, with highlights including a single vineyard Cabernet made from 40 year old Wilyabrup vines and a cool-climate looking Syrah from Wallcliffe. It is a pure and unique journey through terroir in Margaret River. Look out for a few niche varieties in the mix too.

Wine Tasting
Follow a scenic driveway off Caves Road through farm land and native forest to the contemporary cellar door. A relaxing environment to discover the premium wines, it also offers a selection of house made produce available for sale. Private tours and tastings can be arranged in advance. Open 10am-5pm daily.

The Food
The Clairault Streicker Café serves up a selection of modern Australian share-plates for lunch daily. The menu showcases excellent produce, served simply, ideal for those who enjoy less formal dining. For the ultimate indulgence, spend an afternoon with the 5 course long lunch. A gorgeous stone fire-place makes for cosy dining in winter, while in summer, a picnic blanket in the gardens makes for a blissful lunch setting.

Unique Highlights
In addition to wine grapes, the Clairault Streicker Estate Yallingup vineyard grows Protea flowers and table grapes.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Flor Marché

This successful, one-woman operation seeks to utilise natural, organic winemaking practices to produce an extensive range of regionally characteristic, small-batch wines.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Grenache,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz

Details

  • Established:2010
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Gallery
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

Description

The winery is owned and operated by Elizabeth Reed, who first purchased one tonne of Riesling grapes from the Porongurup region in 2010. Flor Marchéwas hence born, with the idea to source small parcels of fruit from single vineyards across the southwest of Western Australia.

The estate’s approach to winemaking is based on the understanding that the most important characteristics of wine come directly from the vineyard, and as such, Flor Marché’s wines have been crafted to distinctly express the influences of soil, environment and climate of the traditionally south-west grape varieties. 

The Wines

The winery’s extensive range features Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache (sourced from 60 year old vines in the Swan Valley).

Cellar Door

Flor Marché currently operates a cellar door from the gallery area of the building; in an exciting new partnership with Wilyabrup Dreaming, a local pottery established in the 1990s. The charming cellar door perfectly reflects the long history of art and wine within the region and is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.  

Harmans Estate

A dynamic team of winemakers crafting distinct single vineyard wines and liqueurs along with Australia’s first Pisco and the world’s rarest Chardonnay-based Gin, for tasting daily at the cellar door.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Grenache Shiraz,Merlot,Tempranillo,Verdelho,Zinfandel,Fortified,Pinot Noir,Semillon,Dessert,Sauvignon Blanc
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Sat: 10:30am-5pm

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Cases Produced:40000
  • Established:1999
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday
  • Vineyards:2 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

The Harmans Estate team scour the region for unique parcels of fruit to make single vineyard wines that display a strong sense of place. Established in 1999 the family-owned small-batch winery is one of the only producers in Margaret River that process, produce, bottle and label wines all on site to control all aspects of quality.

The Wines
In addition to Margaret River’s classic varieties, look out for a unique Shiraz Tempranillo and Sparkling Pink Pinot Noir. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc Liqueurs are some of the only of their kind in Margaret River and the wine-based spirits are seriously unique too.

Wine Tasting
The entire wine, liqueur and spirits collection is available for tasting daily at the cellar door between 10am – 5pm.

Unique Highlights
The Harmans Estate winemakers love a creative challenge and set out to make Australia’s first Pisco. The range includes three noteworthy flavours. The Gin Gin Gin is crafted from barrel-fermented Gin Gin clone chardonnay (a mysterious clone that found its way to the Margaret River region and now dominates). This truly unique gin is triple distilled and infused with Certified Organic botanicals. Perhaps the rarest Gin in the world, with only 128 bottles made.

Howard Park Wines

Proudly family-owned, Howard Park is the home of sparkling wine in West Australia & a champion of the cool climate Great Southern & world-renowned Margaret River wine regions.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sparkling Cuvee,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Brut,Cabernet,Cabernet Shiraz,Method Traditionale,Muscat,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Sparkling Rose,Fortified,Dessert,Rose,Sparkling
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1986
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Kids Play Area,Picnic Facilities,Wheelchair Access,Functions
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Winemaker:Janice McDonald, Mark Bailey
  • Brands:Howard Park Wines
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes. Disabled parking, no stairs, wheelchair-friendly walkways, disabled wheelchair-friendly bathrooms

Description

Since 1986 Howard Park has handcrafted wines of provenance and elegance.

The Howard Park cellar door is a must-see destination in Margaret River, as one of the foremost architectural buildings in the region. The visitor experience is the culmination of one family’s vision, two generations, two wine regions and four vineyards.

Howard Park is the biggest producer of sparkling wines in West Australia, and the only winery in Margaret River to make Champagne-method in-house.

The winery was commended for its architecture by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 2000, and judged among the nation’s top 12 buildings by The Sydney Morning Herald. It incorporates traditional Feng shui principles with a contemporary Australian aesthetic.

Calling two wine regions home – Margaret River and Great Southern – has allowed Howard Park to emerge as an Australian leader in crafting Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and methode traditionelle sparkling wines.

This breadth of wine and commitment to pursuing the highest quality fruit makes Howard Park one of the most memorable tasting experiences in Margaret River. Visits are unique & comprehensive in their multi-regional approach.

Set on 138 hectares of vines and native bushland, less than 5 minutes from the town of Cowaramup, the property is a spectacular place to witness the changing of the seasons. The meandering driveway reveals the striking winery building, nestled among native Marri & Jarrah trees.

The Cellar Door itself is surrounded by spacious lawn areas, where guests are invited join one of many annual events, or bring a picnic, borrow a blanket, a bocce set and enjoy a glass of wine under the sun.

Killerby Wines

A centrally-located new-concept cellar door on a well-loved heritage winery, Australia’s longest tasting bar, a great range of gourmet produce and an awesome kid’s playground.

  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Daily 10am to 5pm
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Brands:Killerby
  • Established:1973
  • Winemaker:Marco Pinares, Marelize Russouw
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

Description

The heritage of Killerby lives with original founder Dr Benjamin Barry Killerby who in 1973 planted one of the first vineyard in WA’s Geographe wine region with cuttings from his friends, Dr Bill Pannell (Moss Wood) and Dr Tom Cullity (Vasse Felix).

In 2008 the wine business was purchased by Ferngrove who continue to make excellent Margaret River wines under the Killerby label from their state-of-the-art winery in Frankland River, which can be tasted from the contemporary Margaret River Cellar Store.

The Wines

Killerby maintains its small winery essence with most of its winemaking techniques and philosophies remaining the same since it was first established. The wine is made using small batch techniques; high quality French oak barrels and meticulous attention to detail. The wines are made from select parcels of fruit from some of the best vineyard sites in Margaret River. 

Wine Tasting

Situated adjacent to the Cheeky Monkey Cidery, Brewery and Restaurant, the cellar door was designed leading interior architects to make wine tasting less intimidating. The cellar door has perhaps Australia’s longest tasting bench with a purpose-built cheese and meat larder. Killerby Cellar Store is open daily from 10am to 5pm for cellar door sales, wine tastings, coffee, food and wine.

Unique Highlights

A vast selection of gourmet produce is available including pasta, local and imported cheese, local coffee, jams, vinegars, truffle products, chocolate and more. An outdoor play area makes it a great place for kids.

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:Botrytis Riesling,Cabernet,Cabernet 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,Syrah,Sparkling,Rose,Dessert,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Gewurztraminer,Grenache,Grenache Shiraz,Malbec
  • Wine Region:Greater Perth
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door (winter): Tue to Sat 11am to 6pm, Sun & Mon 11am to 5pm; (summer) Daily 10am to 6pm

Details

  • Established:2005
  • Facilities:Appointment Only,Functions,Gallery,Picnic Facilities
  • Cases Produced:8000
  • Vineyards:120
  • Winemaker:Larry Cherubino, Andrew Siddell, Matt Buchan
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

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
 

Moss Wood

Planted in 1969 with its first vintage in 1973, Moss Wood is an important, founding estate of the Margaret River region, recognised widely for its celebrated and critically acclaimed wines.

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

Details

  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Cases Produced:12 000 cases
  • Vineyards:18.14
  • Winemaker:Clare and Keith Mugford
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Moss Wood was established as a specialist, high-quality vineyard and winery. This was its raison d’être and continues to provide the motivation for its existence.

Clare & Keith Mugford, have been tending the vineyard and making wine at Moss Wood since 1984 and 1979, respectively. They believe that all decisions made in the vineyard and winery underpin the quality of the wine.

The Moss Wood and Mugford names are synonymous with uncompromising quality.

Wine Tasting

Moss Wood welcome members for tastings and private visits by appointment only. There is a small charge for the visit which is redeemable against any wine purchased. Appointments can be made via the Moss Wood web site.

Halliday Rating

5 Stars

Old Kent River Wines

A family-owned cellar door showcasing spectacular regional wines from Margaret River and the Great Southern from its picnic-friendly grounds, that sometimes sells farm-fresh marron too.

  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Cabernet Merlot,Rose,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Thur to Mon 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Lunch Open:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Cases Produced:1000 cases
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Functions,Picnic Facilities,Light Food,Dogs Welcome
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Vineyards:34 acres
  • Winemaker:Marius Mencel

Description

The Old Kent Yard vineyard is located in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia, with its cellar door in Margaret River. Originally set up in 1952 as a sheep farm, a vineyard area was planted with Pinot Noir in 1985. These days Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc are grown too. Hands-on and down to earth owners, the Noacks, conducted a major rehabilitation scheme across the whole property, including a tree-planting programme, whereby various species of Eucalypt and deep-rooted perennials were planted. 

‘The Farm,’ as known to the family also produces lamb and elusive native marron that are sold at the Cellar Door.

The Wines
Old Kent Road is a serious, cool-climate, single vineyard producer that focuses varietal, regionally expressive wines. The vineyard started out growing fruit for established wine producers. Seeing the great success of their wines, the Noacks decided to produce their own label, releasing a sparkling wine and pinot noir in 1991. These wines achieved a raft of awards and remain the flagships of the Old Kent River range.

Wine Tasting
Since 2017 the winery has operated a rammed-earth cellar door, conveniently located on the corner of Caves and Ellen Brook Road just north of Margaret River town. The whole range of wines from Margaret River and the Great Southern can be tasted. Groups tastings can be booked in advance for groups of 8 or more. Open daily 10am – 5pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday in non-peak season.

Unique Highlights
The large lawn has ample picnic tables and blankets for a picturesque picnic. Create a platter from a small selection of local cheese and produce, or pre-order a Gourmet Picnic Hamper by famous local Chef Lainy Mammone (requires 48 hours notice).

Pierro

A winemaker who has paved its own way since 1979, making an internationally acclaimed suite of Margaret River classics that can be tasted from its warm and humble cellar door in Wilyabrup.

  • Wine Variety:Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Sparkling,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-5pm
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cases Produced:10 000 cases
  • Established:1979
  • Vineyards:7.85
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Cellar Door

Description

Located in Wilyabrup on what is widely respected as some of the finest wine grape growing terrain in the world, Pierro was planted in 1980 by a winemaker who went against the norm, Dr Mike Peterkin.

Pierro’s first wines were made the previous year, including the region’s first known Bordeaux-inspired Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and a Cabernet Merlot blend with Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

The Wines

Made from two estate-owned vineyards in Wilyabrup, the reds are ranked among the best of the region and the stylish white wines are highly-regarded around the world. The primary Pierro vineyard produces superb-quality fruit with an emphasis on soil, aspect and a high number of vines per hectare to achieve well balanced fruit.

The winemaking approach is very hands-on, from handpicking through to bunch sorting to berry-level. Wines are made in small batches to ensure each particular vineyard area receives the attention it deserves.

Wine Tasting

The modest cellar door with its warm wooden interiors offers tastings daily.

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

Preveli Wines

Drop by for a laid-back tasting of award-winning, boutique family wine in the seaside hamlet of Prevelly, conveniently located at the Prevelly Liquor Store!

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Mon to Fri 8.30am to 7pm, Sat & Sun 10am to 7pm
  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Pinot Noir,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc

Details

  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Cases Produced:4500 cases
  • Established:1995
  • Vineyards:5.5 acres
  • Winemaker:Clive Otto
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

Preveli Wines is a hand-crafted, small, family vineyard in Rosa Brook. Prevelly is where the Home family has lived now for three generations. They also own and run the Prevelly Caravan Park and the general / liquor store where Preveli Wines are available for tasting.

The Prevelly name comes from a monastery in Crete, named Preveli, which aided several Australian soldiers, trying to escape the Germans in WWII. One of the young men, Corporal Geoff Edwards settled in the Margaret River seaside hamlet, calling it Prevelly in commemoration.

The Wines
The range includes a sparkling, sauvignon blanc, rose, pinot noir, cabernet merlot and cabernet sauvignon. They are 100% estate grown, with a focus on sustainable viticulture practices.

Wine Tasting
The store is open every day of the year except Christmas day to taste the wines with passionate and knowledgeable vigneron, Greg Home. (Greg also serves a wicked coffee!)

Halliday Rating
4.5 Red 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 Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Grenache,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Botrytis Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Syrah,Sparkling Cuvee,Rose,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay
  • 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
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Established:2006
  • Vineyards:440
  • Winemaker:Larry Cherubino, Debbie Lauritz

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

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

Details

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

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

Thompson Estate Vineyard

A 5 Star James Halliday winery known for its prizeworthy regional wines, focused on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Cabernet Franc,Malbec,Pinot Noir,Semillon,Shiraz,Sparkling
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10:30am – 4:30pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday
  • Established:1994
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cases Produced:10 000
  • Vineyards:28.63
  • Winemaker:Bob Cartwright, Paul Dixon
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Thompson Estate is a small winery with a big reputation for its excellent Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays, as recognised with its 5 Red Star Halliday Rating.

Vineyard planting began in 1997 and after a few years making the wines at specialist facilities in Margaret River, a state-of-the-art winery was built at Thompson Estate. The highly awarded range has received a large number of wine show medals and consistent critical acclaim as some of the region’s most esteemed wines.

The Wines

There are three wine ranges: The Specialist, made from the best Cabernet and Chardonnay grown within the estate vineyard; an Estate range representing Margaret River hero varieties; and the Four Chambers range which celebrates the joy of making wine with creativity at its core.

Halliday Rating

5 Stars

Victory Point Wines

A winery with a single goal to make world-class, premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, who consulted with the region’s icons to find the perfect site and viticulture program for their mission.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Malbec,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Petit Verdot,Malbec,Pinot Noir,Rose
  • Open Days/times:Cellar Door: Thursday - Monday 10.30am- 4.30pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Thursday,Friday
  • Winemaker:Mark Messenger
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome,Wheelchair Access
  • Vineyards:15 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Brands:Victory Point Wines
  • Cases Produced:2500
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes

Description

Victory Point was established in 1998 by the Berson Family, with a single-minded objective to make ultra-premium wines, like those made famous by the Margaret River pioneer estates.

They consulted with various Margaret River pioneers, particularly the Moss Wood team, for advice to select their piece of earth. The Berson’s made the brave decision not to irrigate their vineyard to emulate the example of the region’s icons. This ‘short-term pain for long term gain’ approach has resulted in a highly-acclaimed and distinct range. The vineyard is situated just south of Cowaramup, on an idyllic site with two sides of a gently sloping valley and a permanent spring fed creek running through the middle.

The family’s aim to one day relocate and live in the world-renowned wine paradise that is Margaret River, has been realised and there is now a beautiful cellar door open at the vineyard.

The Wines
Victory Point maintain a singular focus on making Margaret River’s best-known wines, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The wines have received significant critical acclaim, including having the coveted 5 Red Star rating from James Halliday, which is awarded to “94-100 points – Outstanding. Wines of the highest quality, often with a distinguished pedigree.”

Wine Tasting
Thursday - Monday, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Woodlands Winery

Discover a range of Margaret River’s most critically-acclaimed and collectible cabernets at this pioneering family estate, whose excellence has been awarded a coveted 5 Red Star James Halliday rating.

  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Malbec,Pinot Noir,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Malbec,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cases Produced:17 000 cases
  • Established:1973
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Vineyards:26.58 hectare
  • Winemaker:Stuart and Andrew Watson
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Established in 1973 by David and Heather Watson on Caves Road in Wilyabrup, Woodlands Wines was one of the first five vineyards to be planted in Margaret River. David and Heather’s aim was to create wines emulating the great vineyards of Bordeaux.

Early success ensued when their 1981 ‘Andrew’ Cabernet Sauvignon won trophies for ‘Best Red Wine’ at the Perth Wine Show, the Mt Barker Wine Show, and the National Wine Show. It was the first from Margaret River to achieve a National Red Wine Trophy. The second generation of the family now has the reins, with Stuart becoming winemaker in 2002 and brother Andrew joining the business full time in 2005.

Woodlands Wines has received significant critical acclaim at wine shows around the world and holds a prestigious Langton’s Classification of ‘Outstanding’ for its Cabernet Sauvignon and is one of James Halliday’s highest rated Margaret River wineries.

The Wines

Woodlands primary focus is on its red wines, specifically Cabernet Sauvignon and a selection of Bordeaux blends. A Chardonnay is made too. The vineyard is dry grown and maintained with traditional and organic methods. In the winery, Woodlands wines spend up to two years in fine French oak and minimal winemaker intervention.

Cellar Door

Current release wines can be tasted at the cellar door daily from 10am to 5pm. No reservations are required.

Halliday Rating

5 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,Rose,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!

Skigh Wines Pty Ltd

A young, exciting label ideal for the more adventurous drinker, produced by veteran winemaker Skigh McManus.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Merlot Cabernet,Petit Verdot,Pinot Noir,Tempranillo,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Riesling,Shiraz,Rose

Details

  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Margaret River:Karridale

Description

Between the top value CODA wines, wild and experimental Strange Brew series, and premium line labelled Abacus, Skigh's creations have immense depth and variety. Skigh’s intention is to create small batches of high quality wine. The minimal intervention techniques used reserve the quality and sense of terroir in Skigh Wines.

Skigh has a portfolio of 18 unique wines, expressing themselves how they want. These wines truly showcase the best of what the region has to offer, such as the Abacus Cabernet Sauvignon, with aromas of cocoa, chocolate and berry and French oak matured for 11 months. Whereas, white wine lovers may opt for the Strange Brew Amphora Fume Blanc, with a nose of green apple, clay, green capsicum, peach and papaya and great length on the palate.

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

Details

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

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. 

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