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Thursday Cellar Door Open Wineries in Margaret River Town

Wineries in Margaret River


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Cape Mentelle

One of Margaret River’s pioneers and most critically acclaimed wineries with the original rammed-earth cellar doors plus photo gallery, free petanque courts, kid’s area and picnic facilities.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Semillon,Shiraz,Zinfandel,Cabernet,Cabernet Franc,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Rosé
  • Open Days/times:10am-4:30pm Everyday

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Kids Play Area
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Vineyards:150 hectares
  • Cases Produced:80000

Description

One of Margaret River’s founding five estates, Cape Mentelle was established in 1970 by regional pioneer David Hohnen and his brothers Mark and Giles. In 1983 Cape Mentelle won Australia’s most coveted wine award, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Award for its Cabernet Sauvignon and cemented its position as a premium producer when it won it again the following year. This was huge, not just for Cape Mentell, but also for the youthful Margaret River wine region.

Today Cape Mentelle forms part of the LVMH group (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) and its wines remain some of the region’s most critically acclaimed. James Halliday says they are, “knocking on the door of the Winery of the Year Award.” Environmental sustainability is a key driver within the vineyards and winery and Cape Mentelle was WA’s first member into Australian wine sustainability program, Entwined. To achieve this certification the vineyard utilises the most natural viticulture techniques.

The Wines
The critically-acclaimed wine range is focused around Margaret River’s signature varieties Cabernet Sauvignon (and blends), Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Chardonnay. An historic Zinfandel is made too, from vines planted in 1974 which were brought out directly from California to the Cape Mentelle Vineyard.

Wine Tasting
The cellar door is one of the region’s original to be made with rammed earth. Located just five minutes towards the coast from Margaret River town, guests can enjoy tasting experiences starting from $10. A Behind the Scenes Tour and Behind the Scenes Tour with Food and Wine Pairing Experience run on weekdays, offering the unique opportunity to explore behind the winery walls of one of the region’s most famous estates. Open daily 10am – 5pm.

Unique Highlights
Nostalgia enthusiasts will love the photo collection lining the barrel hall behind the cellar door. It features images remembering the early days of establishing Cape Mentelle and the Margaret River wine region. The whole family can enjoy picnic facilities, dedicated activities areas for children and estate’s petanque courts. Similar to bocce, this game originated in 1907 in Provence, Southern France. The courts are free to use, boules can be borrowed from the cellar door.

Since 1982 Cape Mentelle has hosted the region’s most renowned Cabernet event. The Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting is a blind tasting that features a selection of Cabernets from the world’s finest cabernet producing regions; Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Tuscany and Margaret River. Tickets sell quickly to industry and media, but every year a few lucky members of the public can come along to this amazing event too. Visit Cape Mentelle’s website for details.

Halliday Rating

2017 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay (97 Points)

2016 Cape Mentelle Two Vineyards Shiraz (97 Points)

2017 Cape Mentelle Zinfandel (95 Points)

Leeuwin Estate

A Margaret River pioneer, with wines ranking alongside the world's finest, Leeuwin Estate celebrates fine wine, food, art and music at its award-winning restaurant, winery, cellar door and gallery.

  • Wine Variety:Brut,Cabernet Sauvignon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: open daily 10am to 5pm, Restaurant: Open for lunch Friday - Tuesday
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Lunch Open:Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Cases Produced:50,000 cases
  • Vineyards:121 hectares
  • Winemaker:Tim Lovett, Phil Hutchison and Breac Wheatley
  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access,Functions,Cellar Door,Gallery,Restaurant
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Dinner Open:Saturday

Description

Family-owned Leeuwin Estate, one of the five founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River wine region, is under the stewardship of three generations, who work with a team of highly skilled winemakers to consistently produce wines ranking alongside the world's finest. 

In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship to Denis and Tricia Horgan in the transformation of their cattle farm into Leeuwin Estate. Enjoying its first commercial vintage in 1979, Leeuwin was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1981 "Art Series" Chardonnay. The international accolades have continued and Leeuwin now exports to 30 markets. Celebrating the combination of fine wine, food, art and music, Leeuwin features an award-winning restaurant, cellar door and art gallery. The Estate is renowned for staging spectacular events and welcoming visitors from around the world. 

The Wines
With a focus on Margaret River’s hero wine varieties, the Leeuwin Estate Art Series, Prelude and Siblings labels are regional benchmarks and share a place amongst the great wines of Australia, receiving ongoing international acclaim and attention. 

Wine Tasting
Taste the range daily from 10am – 5pm at Leeuwin's cellar door. Alternatively, discover more of Leeuwin Estate story with a host of tour experiences.  A range of tours operate and can be booked in advance. 

Restaurant
Overlooking a meadow surrounded by forest and majestic karri trees, Leeuwin features an award-winning restaurant, pairing exceptional seasonal produce from WA with its wines, including special museum-release vintages. Enjoy Chef's Daily Three-Course Menu, or the outstanding six-course Tasting Menu. Open for lunch Friday - Tuesday inclusive.

Unique Highlights
The Leeuwin Estate Art Gallery exhibits works by Australian artists, including many of the original paintings that feature on its icon Art Series wine labels. 

Described as one of Australia’s most extraordinary concerts, The Leeuwin Concert is one of Margaret River’s most famous events. Since 1985, it has attracted an enviable list of international performers from Ray Charles to Diana Ross, Sting, James Taylor and Simply Red. Held annually in February and March, visit the Leeuwin Estate website for ticket information.

Short on time? Take a day trip from Perth aboard a private charter flight to Leeuwin Estate's private airstrip.

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,Rosé,Cabernet,Merlot
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:10:30am to 4:30pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • 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

Redgate Wines

Enjoy homely tastings, panoramic surrounds and possibly the region’s only fortified Shiraz at the multi-award-winning pioneer winery and cellar door giving a whole new meaning to the name ‘Redgate’.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Cabernet Sauvignon,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Shiraz,Chardonnay,Rosé,Sparkling,Cabernet Franc
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Mon to Sun 10am to 4:30pm

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities,Kids Play Area,Dogs Welcome
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Cases Produced:6000 cases
  • Vineyards:18 ha
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Brands:RedGate

Description

The story behind the name of this Margaret River pioneer dates back 100 years. It’s alleged that prior to the vines, the site was a dairy farm, whose ‘prominent red gate’ was known locally as the place to buy (illegal) home-distilled spirits. Incidentally, the property is nearby to Redgate Beach, so founder Bill Ullinger thought the name to be fitting on all fronts!

The vineyard was established in 1977, with 20 acres of vines planted. Over time, the family owned estate has grown into a 55 acre vineyard, operating its own winery, cellar door and maintaining an enviable reputation for its boutique, premium wines.

The Wines
Since the early vintages of the 1980s, Redgate’s handcrafted wines have received countless awards. In addition to its regional Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnays, Redgate makes Rose, Sparkling and a series of three luscious dessert wines, including a rare fortified Shiraz named in honour of founder, Bill.

Wine Tasting
Wines can be tasted at the homestead-like cellar door is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm. It’s a family-friendly place, perfect to bring a picnic and enjoy the panoramic surroundings.

Halliday Rating
5 Black Stars

Stella Bella Wines

Known widely for its adventurous and exciting southern-Margaret River wines, which can be tasted or enjoyed by the glass at a charming, centrally-located and dog-friendly cellar door just out of town.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Mon to Sun 10am to 5pm
  • Wine Variety:Sangiovese,Tempranillo,Cabernet Merlot,Muscat,Pinot Gris,Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz Cabernet,Shiraz,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:50,000 cases
  • Vineyards:87.9 hectares
  • Winemaker:Luke Jolliffe
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Cellar Door
  • Established:1997
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe

Description

Stella Bella began in 1996 from a fusion of two of the region’s great wine minds, Stuart Pym and Janice McDonald.  With the aim to craft wines that would rival Australia’s best, in 1999 the first 200 cases of barrel-aged Semillon Sauvignon Blanc were highly successful and the winery has flourished ever since. These days winemaking is headed by Luke Joliffe, and viticulture by Steve Martin.

Stella Bella crafts wine under five labels from its four vineyards located throughout southern Margaret River. The south of the region is known for its longer, cooler ripening period, producing wines with higher natural acidity, delicate precision and femininity, reminiscent of a “cool climate” wine style.

The Wines
Stella Bella first shot to fame with its Suckfizzle, a Bordeaux-inspired Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend. In addition to making Margaret River’s usual suspects, the winery pushes new frontiers with its sangiovese rosé, a small-batch pinot gris and sweet moscato. The wines are made in small batches enabling the winemakers enhance the best characteristics of each fruit parcel to make unique, quality wines.

Wine Tasting
Stella Bella operates from a charming little cellar door on Rosa Brook Road just minutes from Margaret River town. Our friendly and knowledgeable team welcome you to taste through our portfolio of wines, while learning about Stella Bella and the beautiful Margaret River Region. Visitors can also enjoy wine by the glass and BYO picnic options. Group tastings can be arranged in advance.

Dogs are welcome at the estate grounds but must be kept on a lead for their own safety.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Voyager Estate

Margaret River’s most opulent, wow-factor estate, whose internationally-acclaimed wines can be enjoyed through an amazing selection of seated tasting, tourism and degustation dining experiences.

  • Wine Variety:Chenin Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc,Rosé,Sparkling
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door and restaurant: Mon to Sun 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant,Functions,Light Food
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Cases Produced:40,000 cases
  • Vineyards:110 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Wheelchair Access:Ramps at front of building, wheelchair bathroom

Description

Voyager Estate is a small, second generation, family-owned estate located in Stevens Valley and was established in 1978. Currently undergoing full organic conversion, the winery is one of Australia’s most ambitious and innovative producers of world-class Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. All wines are estate-grown and reflect the unique qualities of Stevens Valley in Wallcliffe, Margaret River, with its undulating slopes, warm summers and cooling maritime breezes.

The Wines
Voyager Estate specialises in making Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The range explores these in-depth, through three labels; MJW, Estate and Projects.

MJW wines are the pinnacle of viticulture and winemaking. Sourced from the very best fruit and only made in exceptional years when conditions are optimal. Made in extremely limited quantity and presented in a hand numbered bottle.

The Estate Range wines have become recognised as excellent expressions of their variety and wine style. They all play their part in demonstrating the effect that the gravel soils, microclimate, aspect, and maritime influence of our site have on these classic varieties. 

The Project Wines give the vineyard and winery teams the chance to showcase varieties and styles outside our Estate Range. It's an opportunity to trial different winemaking techniques, or highlight the nuances of the growing season.

Wine Tasting

Voyager Estate specialises in seated wine flight style tastings that offer an in-depth understanding of the wines. Wines can also be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, with share plates of cold meats and preserves available too. For something extra special, book a private tasting with the Estate Sommelier, or select one of the diverse behind the scenes tours that operate on weekdays. Open 10am – 5pm daily.

The Restaurant
Headed by Spanish Chef Santiago Fernandez, who won WA Regional Chef of the Year (2018 WA Good Food Guide), Voyager Estate specialises in wine-paired menus. The 4 or 7 course degustation menu shows off not just the Voyager Estate wines, but also Margaret River’s impressive seasonal produce. It changes every two months. Open from 11.30am daily.

The restaurant was also awarded Regional Restaurant of the Year in the WA Good Food Guide awards in November 2018.

Unique Highlights
Spend the day with Voyager Estate on their Walk, Wine & Dine tour. It begins with a guided walk through the Boodijdup Valley section of the world-renowned Cape to Cape track, completes with the ultimate treat, a spectacular 7-course, wine-paired menu at the award-winning Voyager Estate Restaurant.

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

Details

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

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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