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Viognier Wine Variety Wineries in Margaret River Central

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Wineries in Margaret River Central


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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.

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

Details

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

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.

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,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Verdelho,Viognier,Zinfandel,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Port,Riesling,Sparkling,Rose,Brut,Cabernet Malbec,Grenache,Malbec,Marsanne,Fortified
  • 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
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Established:1999
  • Margaret River:Treeton
  • Cases Produced:45000 cases
  • Vineyards:65 hectares

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.

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

Details

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Details

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

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.

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.

  • Wine Variety:Rose,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet,Syrah,Verdelho,Viognier,Sparkling,Fortified,Dessert,Botrytis Semillon,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Merlot,Merlot Blend
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: 10am to 5pm daily. Restaurant: 12pm to 2:45pm daily.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

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

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.

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.

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

Details

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

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

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

Details

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

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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