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Tawny Wine Variety Wineries in Margaret River Central

Wineries in Margaret River Central


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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:Botrytis Riesling,Cabernet,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Tawny,Riesling,Fortified,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Verdelho,Viognier,Zinfandel,Sparkling,Rosé,Brut,Cabernet Malbec,Grenache,Malbec,Marsanne
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm

Details

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

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

Driftwood Estate Margaret River

Draped on picturesque slopes a stones-throw from the ocean, Driftwood Estate has been creating flavourful wines of character and distinction for 30 years.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet,Cabernet Malbec,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Shiraz,Fortified,Sparkling,Rosé,Cabernet Shiraz,Classic Dry White,Malbec,Merlot Blend,Merlot Cabernet,Method Traditionale,Petit Verdot,Pinot Gris,Tawny,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz Cabernet
  • Open Days/times:Daily, 10.30am to 5pm.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Brands:Driftwood Estate
  • Cases Produced:15,000
  • Facilities:Gallery,Dogs Welcome,Kids Play Area,Wheelchair Access,Cellar Door
  • Established:1989
  • Vineyards:100 acres
  • Winemaker:Kane Grove
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

Description

Located just 3 hours south of Perth in the renowned Margaret River wine region, the Driftwood Estate Cellar Door & Winery offers the opportunity to taste award winning wines as well as olive oil made from olives grown on the Estate. Enjoy views of undulating vines in summer and cosy log fires in winter, visit our amphitheatre, browse our beautiful art gallery or purchase some of our quality merchandise.

With beginnings of small batch, hand-crafted wines and a familiar icon etched in the Margaret River Wine Region landscape, Driftwood is a 5 Star rated winery with highly accoladed wines and more to come for all to enjoy in the future.


Driftwood Estate is a boutique winery set in the stunning Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Western Australia. Established by Tom and Helen Galopoulos in 1989 on what had previously been a country retreat, the winery immediately received acclaim when its first wine, a Semillon produced in 1993, won a special commendation in a British competition.

In 2009, leading Australian wine writer James Halliday rated Driftwood Estate as one of the best wineries in the Margaret River region. This result has continued into the 2018 Wine Companion, where Driftwood Estate has again been rated a 5 Star Winery. The vine resources are exceptional, having had years of nurturing to ensure they produce premium fruit showcasing the Wilyabrup sub-region beautifully.

The winemaking philosophy behind the Driftwood wines is one of simplicity – quality wines are made in the vineyard. While winemaking can have a positive input, having premium quality fruit is essential. This is why Driftwood Estate is so fortunate to be located in one of the greatest viticultural areas in the world, sourcing super premium fruit year in year out. With premium quality fruit, our wine making philosophy is all about protecting and expressing the qualities found in the grapes, so that the wine lover can enjoy the pure, varietal and regional flavours from the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River.


The wines are produced under four labels, Single Site, Artifacts, The Collection, and Oceania.

Our Single Site range of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the best of Driftwood Estate. Over the years, our vineyards have grown in maturity and pedigree, and we have produced Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2016 vintage to reflect this, with releases occurring soon.

Artifacts are the more complex styles, demonstrating the intense characters old vine fruit can develop, and once in the winery, utilising oak influence and subtle winemaking techniques resulting in wines of strength, elegance, and integrity that will drink beautifully young whilst also reward careful cellaring.

The Collection range showcases fruit driven, regionally renowned wines that are designed to be enjoyed in their youth – vibrant blends and crisp, clean wines for everyday drinking.

The Oceania range is predominately a cellar door and online range, offering a Rosé, a White Blend, a Sparkling and a Tawny.

The beautiful branding takes Driftwood back to its beginnings, with small batch, hand-crafted wines showing how age and experience in the wine world can lead to memorable Collections and stunning Artifacts for people to enjoy now and into the future.
 

 

Fishbone Wines

Taste 20+ wines from three premier WA wine regions and enjoy contemporary Japanese dining at this modern cellar door, centrally located within the Margaret River region.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Method Traditionale,Muscat,Tempranillo,Verdelho,Sparkling,Fortified,Rosé,Tawny,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10-4
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Established:2015
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant
  • Cases Produced:20 000
  • Vineyards:5
  • Winemaker:Stuart Pearce
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 2011 - 2019
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

Description

Set on 165 acres, Fishbone Cellar Door and Japanese Restaurant is part of Fishbone Wines farm and planted with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Tempranillo. The vineyard setting is typical to the Margaret River region, north facing with a combination of loam and sandy pea gravel with a well-drained soil structure. The focus is on stripped back, raw quality winemaking, which is what the Fishbone symbol represents.

Wine Tasting

The modest and contemporary cellar door space – with striking aquarium – is open daily, offering complimentary tastings of over 20 different wines, sourced from WA’s leading wine regions Margaret River, Frankland River and Geographe.

The Food

Grab a bite at the onsite Japanese Restaurant, serving up traditionally inspired dishes to share. On the move? There is take-away sushi available too. Bookings are recommended.

Flying Fish Cove Pty Ltd

Enjoy an an approachable range of regional to funky still and sparkling styles, all available online.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet,Cabernet Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet,Sparkling Shiraz,Sparkling,Fortified,Rosé,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Classic Dry White,Merlot Blend,Method Traditionale,Tawny,Sangiovese
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1997
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door

Description

Flying Fish Cove is a producer of premium quality, great value, passionate wines, located 25km north of Margaret River township, along the renowned Caves road in the Wilyabrup sub-regional area. In addition to an approachable range of Margaret River varietal wines, look out for a sparkling range with a Pinot Noir Chardonnay (white) and a sparkling Shiraz (red). No cellar door - wines are available online. 

Glenarty Road

A boutique farm and vineyard making progressive, natural wines that can be enjoyed alongside amazing seasonal farm-grown fruits, nuts, vegetables and lamb in their character-full, timber shed.

  • Open Days/times:10am to 5pm, Thursday to Monday. Tuesday/Wednesday by appointment.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Dessert,Tawny,Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz

Details

  • Vineyards:26 acres
  • Winemaker:Sasha Foley
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Margaret River:Karridale

Description

Owners Sasha and Ben McDonald refer to the southern Karridale sub-region as the ‘cooler sister’ to the rest of the Margaret River cape. Their winery brings this cool to life in both the style of its wines and the estate vibe. Ben is the fifth generation on the McDonald family farm. He single-handedly planted the 6-acre vineyard when aged 19 and has continued to evolve his family farm since. In addition to vines, the property has over 270 fruit trees, several vegetable gardens and a few thousand sheep.

The property follows sustainable farming practices to encourage a healthy eco-system, with all elements coexisting to improve the overall heartbeat of the farm. Sheep graze among the vines for six months after harvest to control the weeds and add nutrients into the cycle. Bug pressure is taken care of by guinea fowls and chickens.

The Wines
The wines are handmade with an intuitive, hands-off approach and every parcel of fruit is managed individually through the winemaking process. Natural yeasts are used for authentic, characterful wines. Often their trusty old basket press is used, making for a true artisanal feel. Alongside Margaret River signature varieties, check out the intriguing Fumé Blanc, Rosé and Vintage Port.

Wine Tasting
The pair converted their grandfather’s timber shed into a tasting room which is open daily from 10am – 5pm Thursday to Monday to taste their wines. Tuesday and Wednesday tastings by appointment.

The Food
A range of tasting plates, bursting with tasty interpretations of the farm’s fresh-picked seasonal produce, incredible grass-fed lamb and whatever seafood has been caught off the shores of Augusta by their sea mates. Vegetarian and dietary options are catered for.

Unique Highlights
Get the true farm experience with a progressive tasting through the vines, macadamias and hop garden to gain a local’s understanding of what a ‘ground to glass’ philosophy truly entails. The tour is extra special from January to April during harvest. Bookings recommended, begins 10:30am daily.

Halliday Rating
Not yet rated

Gralyn Estate

The Estate is recognised as one of Australia's most prestigious boutique wineries, having been awarded numerous gold medals and trophies at national and international wine shows.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Cabernet,Cabernet Sauvignon,Tawny,Rosé,Shiraz,Cabernet Shiraz,Chardonnay,Muscat,Ruby,Fortified,Classic Dry White,Malbec
  • Open Days/times:Everyday 10.30am - 4.30pm

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Wheelchair Access
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1975
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cases Produced:3000 Cases
  • Vineyards:4 Hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes

Description

Gralyn Estate opened the region's first cellar door in 1978. Today's modern tasting room is a popular tourist destination situated on Caves Road Wilyabrup, in the heart of the Margaret River wine region.

 

Gralyn produces both dry and sweet wines and pioneered the region's first port styles in 1978. The Estate is family owned and operated and wines can only be purchased from their Cellar Door or their website. Visitors are welcome to taste the full range of wines free of charge and learn about the grapes and wine-making from the knowledgeable and friendly staff. 

 

"One of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted from Margaret River."

Robert M. Parker Jr. The Wine Advocate

 

"Seamless, pure and a joy to drink" - 98 Points

Decanter Magazine has recently classified the Gralyn Reserve Chardonnay as exceptional

 

"Winner of 9 trophies, including the 6 Nations Wine Challenge Fortified Trophy. A champion among the New World Champions - a tremendous accolade."

Gralyn Artizan Rare Muscat - Six Nations Wine Challenge Sydney

 

"Gralyn Estate has established a high reputation for its wines. The age of the vines and the site are significant factors."

James Halliday

 

Organic Vineyard | Cabernet Sauvignon | Shiraz | Chardonnay | Malbec | Muscat | Sweet Wine | Fortified Wine (Port Style) 

Sam Vinciullo Winery

Surrounded by natural forest, this charming family-owned winery crafts terroir-driven, quality wines, with a clean, green approach and minimal additives, ideal for those with allergies.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Fortified,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Tawny,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Rosé

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Margaret River:Treeton
  • Cases Produced:3000 cases
  • Vineyards:17 acres
  • Winemaker:David McGowan
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)

Description

This small, family-owned vineyard has been dry-growing consistent, quality grapes for over 30 years. Treeton Estate has a significant focus on environmental sustainability and is a member of national sustainable wine program, Entwine.

The Wines
All of Margaret River’s best suited varieties are grown and the estate prides itself on its clean, green approach to winemaking, through which it uses minimal allergens in the winemaking process. Through optimum vineyard management and a scrupulously clean and cool processing environment, their winemaker David McGowan has eliminated the need for additives, making the wines ideal for wine drinkers who experience sensitivities.

Wine Tasting
The relaxing, ambient and rustic cellar door is currently being renovated.

Settlers Ridge Organic Wines

A small, family-owned vineyards producing a comprehensive range of 100% certified, low allergen wines including dry, sweet and fortified styles, winning multiple awards in mainstream wine shows.

  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-5pm
  • Wine Variety:Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Tawny,Sangiovese,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Dessert,Fortified,Sparkling,Cabernet
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Vineyards:7.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Wayne Nobbs
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Organic (Certified)

Description

Settlers Ridge makes a comprehensive range of 100% certified organic wines. In addition, the wines are vegetarian (many are vegan friendly), asthma and allergy friendly and virtually preservative free. The small family-owned vineyard was planted in 1994 and over the years has won numerous awards in mainstream wine shows, dispelling any perceptions that quality may be compromised with organic methods.

The beautiful property has a lovely undulating landscape with a large area of Marri and Jarrah forest and heavy, gravel loam soils, perfect for viticulture. The wine range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tawny.

Wines can be tasted at the Margaret River Farmer’s Markets

Willespie

A second generation, family-owned, regional pioneer whose timber and stone cellar door, stunning views of the Wilyabrup Valley and classical Margaret River ambience are a real treat for the senses.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Tawny,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Verdelho,Merlot Blend,Merlot Cabernet,Semillon,Rosé,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Merlot

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Vineyards:17.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Nathan Schultz
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Dogs Welcome,Cellar Door,Gallery,BBQ Facilities,Picnic Facilities
  • Wheelchair Access:yes
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cases Produced:3000

Description

In 1976 school teachers Kevin and Marian Squance planted a tiny vineyard with Verdehlo, Semillon, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. Over forty years on, and with two vineyards, 25 hectares of vines and a new generation of the family running the show, this quaint little winery has become one of Margaret River’s most prestigious, boutique producers.

The Willespie vineyard sites were selected for their French-like qualities; particularly their layered, well-draining gravel soils which are perfect for premium viticulture. The name Willespie, blends the region Wilyabrup and the French word espérer meaning ‘to hope’.

The Wines

The varietal wines are made with modern viticultural practices and minimal winemaking intervention. In addition to their ‘Old School Chardonnay and Semillon’, the range includes all the regional classics; Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet and Shiraz. Sweeter palates will love trying the rare Verdelho.

Cellar Door

Nestled amongst the picturesque setting of expansive vineyards, rolling hills and natural bushland, the cellar door is built from stone and timber sourced from the property. Wine tastings are available 10.30am to 5pm daily, except Wednesdays.

Halliday Rating

4 Stars

Woody Nook Wines

Surrounded by native forest just a few kilometres from the Indian Ocean, uncover highly-awarded boutique wines at one of Margaret River’s most the laid-back cellar doors and family-friendly cafés.

  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-4.30pm
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Chardonnay,Fortified,Rosé,Tawny,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Tempranillo,Sparkling,Method Traditionale
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Facilities:Kids Play Area,Dogs Welcome,Cellar Door,Gallery,Restaurant,Light Food,Functions
  • Cases Produced:7500 cases
  • Vineyards:14.23 Hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Established:1982
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Wednesday,Friday,Sunday,Tuesday,Thursday,Saturday,Holidays
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

Description

Woody Nook prides itself on boutique winemaking that is laid back but highly awarded. In the past decade the wines have won more than 200 awards including 3 trophies and a bucketful of medals.

It all began in 1978 when original owners Jeff and Wynn Gallagher purchased a Margaret River property that was home to a saw mill with the intention of planting vines. The first cuttings were planted in 1982 and the first Woody Nook wines made in 1987 in a winery built solely from the native materials growing on the property. In 2000 Peter and Jane Bailey became owners.

The Wines

The range includes sweet to dry table wines made from Margaret River’s signature varieties alongside a few surprises including a Graciano, Tempranillo, Chenin Blanc and a Port.

Cellar Door

Woody Nook’s friendly cellar door offers complimentary wine tastings from 10am to 5pm daily. An onsite gift shop stocks a range of souvenirs and there is also the unique opportunity to “adopt a vine.”

The Food

Oozing with rustic, cozy charm, The Nookery Café seats up to 120 people and is set against an impressive backdrop of jarrah and marri forest with indoor and outdoor dining options to suit all seasons. The menu is classic and hearty and there are great options for kids, who will also love the playground and lawn area. Open for breakfast and lunch daily from 8.30am.

Unique Highlights

The owner’s former residence on the property is now available as a holiday rental, complete with breathtaking vineyard views and breakfast at the Nookery Café.

Halliday Rating

5 Black Stars

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