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Aravina Estate

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

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

Details

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

Description

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

 

Bella Ridge Estate

A niche, family-owned winery handmaking original and interesting wines from their 1960s vines in the Swan Valley to great acclaim, following a chance encounter with James Halliday. No cellar door.

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Shiraz,Chenin Blanc,Grenache,Rose,Semillon,Shiraz,Tempranillo,Viognier,Mourvedre

Details

  • Cases Produced:3500 cases
  • Established:2003
  • Vineyards:8 hectares
  • Winemaker:Alon Arbel
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010

Description

Alon and Jodi Arbel purchased the property in 2003, building their winemaking facility in just three short months. Following a chance encounter, when James Halliday tasted their unnamed and unlabelled Shiraz, Bella Ridge Estate was born. (The winery needed a name to be printed for a national review in Halliday’s column in The Weekend Australian!)

The vines, planted in the 1960s, are almost entirely non-irrigated and crop levels are kept very low. Coupled with the vineyard's aspect on the foot hills of the Darling Range and the excellent gravelly loam soil, the result is grapes of excellent quality with highly concentrated fruit flavours.

The Wines

Focusing on warm climate varieties that are well suited to the region, the mostly hand-picked range includes Italian, Spanish and classic French styles made with a ‘non-commercial’ approach, where characterful wines are encouraged. Winemaking and bottling are completed within the estate. All wines can be purchased online.

 

Black Swan Winery & Restaurant

Enjoy one of the Perth’s best restaurants and premium food and wine experiences in the valley, a stunning rural setting and floor to ceiling panoramic views of the Darling Ranges.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Open Days/times:Restaurant: Open 7 days per week for lunch - 11.30 - til close. Evenings - Friday & Saturday Diners - 5pm - til close.
  • Wine Variety:Fortified,Dessert,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Classic Dry White,Merlot,Muscat,Rose,Shiraz,Sparkling

Details

  • Winemaker:Rob Marshall
  • Established:Purchased in 1998
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Micro (1-999 cases)
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Dinner Open:Friday,Saturday
  • Cases Produced:3000 cases
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant

Description

Black Swan Winery and Restaurant sits on a property formerly known as “Gidney’s Corner”.

Husband and wife team, Barry Scrivener and Robyn Meloury purchased Black Swan in 1998 and converted the property to a “restaurant within a winery”. The venue is purposely built for guests to capture fantastic views of vineyards, the Darling Ranges and adjacent rural surroundings. The design and building materials reflect a style and blend of rustic Australian ambience.

The vines were mostly planted in 1941, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin & Chardonnay and later, Shiraz. The first vintage in 2001 reaped gold medals for the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet Franc at the 2002 Swan Valley Wine Show.

The panoramic views of the Darling Ranges are matched only by the fresh, seasonal produce on the menu, offering freshly-baked bread served with truffle oil to a drool-worthy red wine-braised beef cheek and seasonal delights. Chef’s gardens are established throughout of the property, providing much of the kitchen’s needs for organic herbs. 

Blind Corner

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

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

Details

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

Description

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

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


The Wines

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

Wine Tasting

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

 

Brookwood Estate

Using 100% estate grown wines this down-to-earth family winery has grown from a sea-change adventure to a well-loved cellar door and café/restaurant destination in Margaret River.

  • Wine Variety:Chenin Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Sparkling,Fortified,Cabernet Sauvignon,Shiraz,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz Cabernet
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Restaurant: 11am to 3pm, Cellar door: 11am until 4:30pm. Closed Mondays

Details

  • Cases Produced:4500
  • Vineyards:6.1 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1996
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant,Wheelchair Access
  • Lunch Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Winemaker:Bronnley Cahill
  • Margaret River:Treeton

Description

In 1995 Trevor and Lyn Mann decided it was time for a sea change, relocating to Margaret River in pursuit of an adventure in viticulture. With their experience limited to sampling plenty of the product, but armed with a vision and loads of self-belief, they dived straight into their new journey and planted 10,000 young vines of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The first harvest in 1999 was a momentous occasion.

The vineyard follows biological farming principles and the wines are 100% estate grown and made. The team believe it’s the small things that make the big difference and make their wines extra special. These days daughter Bronnley Cahill is in the winemaking driver’s seat.

The Wines
Taking the best of the old world and new world approaches to winemaking, Brookwood Estate makes wines with minimal intervention to capture the essence of their vineyard. The range includes sweet through to dry wines sparkling.

Wine Tasting
Relaxed, fun and informative tastings are hosted in the wrought iron and wood cellar door daily from 11am to 4.30pm. A selection of gourmet produce including dukkah and local extra virgin olive oil is available for tasting as well. Group bookings can be arranged in advance, starting from $5 per guest.

The Food
The winery café/restaurant is a hidden gem in the region, serving a delicious and generous contemporary Australian menu to pair with the Brookwood Estate Wines. Relax on the verandah and take in sweeping vineyard views while you dine, open 11am to 3pm. (It’s enclosed and cosy in winter.)

 

Cape Grace Wines

A quaint producer, handcrafting single-vineyard wines from an authentic ‘tin shed in the forest’ winery where you can taste with the delightful owners in a rustic ‘be part of the action’ setting.

  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Cabernet Franc,Sparkling,Petit Verdot,Rose,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz,Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet Shiraz,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-5pm

Details

  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)
  • Facilities:Dogs Welcome,Kids Play Area,Cellar Door,Gallery
  • Brands:Cape Grace Wines
  • Cellar Door Open:Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Vineyards:6.25
  • Winemaker:Mark Messenger & Dylan Arvidson
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cases Produced:2000 cases
  • Established:1996

Description

Planted in 1996, Cape Grace is a proud ‘little winery’ in Margaret River owned by Robert & Karri-Davies, whose family has been part of the local community since 1875. The hand-crafted, single-vineyard wines are grown in their organically-managed property in Wilybrup, a site surrounded by natural forest.

The Wines
All of Margaret River’s signature varieties are made, along with a Chenin and a sparkling Chenin. All wines are made using traditional processes and the highly-awarded reds are hand plunged and basket-pressed.

Wine Tasting
One of the region’s quaint and rustic wineries, with a tin-shed-in-the-forest setting. Karen and Robert are behind the cellar door counter more often than not, providing the opportunity to ‘meet the maker’ and learn the ins and outs of being a small winemaker in Margaret River. During vintage (February – April) visitors may see some fermenting action in the winery and in spring (September – October) there’s also stunning wildflowers.

Unique Highlights
The wine storage area you enter through IS the right entrance! Look out for Robert’s photographs and paraphernalia on display including Robert’s private collection of Australian parrots in a natural bush setting. We are dog friendly and have a childens play area.

Halliday Rating
5 Stars

Carilley Estate

Located in the heart of the valley, Carilley is renowned for its stunning grounds and restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine and a variety of wine, boutique beers and ciders.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Fortified,Sparkling,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Shiraz,Viognier,Cabernet Sauvignon,Verdelho

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Restaurant,Cellar Door,Kids Play Area
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner Open:Friday
  • Cases Produced:1500 cases
  • Established:1985
  • Vineyards:4.2 acres
  • Winemaker:John Griffiths
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Lunch Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Whether you decide to drop in to the cellar door or have lunch in the restaurant or alfresco sails area, everyone enjoys the lush vineyards, ancient gums, enchanting gardens and kid’s play area.

The Cellar door is open for tastings Thursday to Sunday and offers a wide variety of wines produced from the rich loamy soil on-site, including Chardonnay, Shiraz and Merlot. The Chenin and Viognier grapes are grown on the other side of the beautiful Susannah Brook. You can also enjoy estate-grown Olive Oil which is hand-picked, first pressed and organic.

Carilley Estate is managed by the award-winning Spices Group and is a popular venue for weddings and events. Outdoor events hosted in the alfresco area and the gardens, vineyards and olive groves make for an ideal setting for wedding ceremonies and photographs. 

Chidlow's Well Estate

This boutique winery merges the charm of its industrial past with modern viticulture techniques to produce a variety of premium table reds, whites and sparkling wines, all available online.

  • Open Days/times:Appointment Only
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Shiraz,Sparkling,Verdelho

Details

  • Brands:Chidlow's Well Estate
  • Cases Produced:1000 - 1499 cases
  • Established:1995
  • Vineyards:12 hectares
  • Winemaker:John Griffiths
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Perth Hills:Heart of the Hills

Description

Taking its name from the Chidlow’s Well Railway Station that opened in 1884, Chidlow’s Well Estate was established in 1995 with Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and Verdelho varieties. Cool winters and warm summer days combine with fertile, free-draining soils to provide excellent conditions for these award-winning wines, which have performed particularly well in the Perth Hills, Swan Valley and Qantas wine shows.

The Wines

Varieties include Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Shiraz, Sparkling Chenin and Sparkling Shiraz, all of which can be purchased online with free delivery to the Perth metro area. Tastings at the winery are by appointment only.

 

 

Chittering Valley Winery & Nesci Estate Wines

Less than an hour from Perth, explore one of Chittering Valley's original vineyards, whose longstanding range of table wines and liqueurs can be enjoyed with wonderful live music most weekends.

  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Grenache,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Zinfandel
  • Open Days/times:Sat & Sun 12pm to 5pm

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 1901 - 1950
  • Perth Hills:Chittering Valley
  • Brands:Chittering Valley Winery, Nesci Estate Wines
  • Established:1948
  • Vineyards:24 Hectares
  • Winemaker:Kevin Nesci

Description

The Nesci family first chose this valley in 1948, carving their place by hand from virgin bush. The soils of the Valley are predominantly sandy brown over clay, and as the climate is typically Mediterranean with wet winters and dry summers, ideal grape growing conditions are abundant. Additionally, the underground spring running through the estate feeds water to the vines throughout the year, ensuring the vines never suffer drought and produce consistent harvests of full flavoured grapes.

 The Wines

Varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Pedro Ximinez. Wine can be purchased at the estate or online, with some wines exported too. 

Cellar Door

Nesci Estate Wine Farm's stone and timber cellar door is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-5pm, where tastings or glasses of wine can be enjoyed with woodfired pizzas and live music on the lawn. 

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

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

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

Details

  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Functions,Cellar Door,Light Food,Restaurant,Wheelchair Access,Dogs Welcome
  • 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

Corymbia

Corymbia. The nature of wine.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chenin Blanc,Malbec,Tempranillo
  • Open Days/times:Appointment only
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Facilities:Appointment Only,Organic (Certified)
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 2011 - 2019
  • Brands:Corymbia
  • Winemaker:Rob and Genevieve Mann
  • Cases Produced:900
  • Established:2013
  • Vineyards:3 hectares

Description

Corymbia is the deep-rooted, far-sighted vision of husband-and wife-team, Rob and Genevieve Mann. The Mann name is synonymous with Western Australia’s Swan Valley, where Rob’s pioneering grandfather Jack worked a remarkable 51 consecutive vintages for Houghton. Rob was just a boy when he joined his father - former Australian test cricketer Tony - in planting the vines on what is now the dry-grown, organically farmed Corymbia vineyard. 
After building an exceptional reputation in their own right, the couple kicked off their homecoming dream, Corymbia, with the 2013 vintage, during Rob’s tenure as estate director at Newton Vineyard in Napa Valley. Now firmly ensconced back in the Swan Valley, Rob and Gen’s Chenin Blanc and Tempranillo-dominant red blend sit at the heart of a bright future for this brilliant duo.

Coward and Black Vineyards

Enjoy award-winning wines by this ‘Gourmet Traveller Magazine Top 100’ destination at Providore, with insanely good wine, preserves and a mind-blowing Dark Chocolate liqueur.

  • Open Days/times:Daily 9am to 5pm
  • Wine Variety:Rose,Cabernet Shiraz,Chenin Blanc,Muscat,Tokay,Fortified,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Vineyards:16 acres
  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access,Cellar Door
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cellar Door Open:Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

Coward & Black Vineyards is a world-class small producer making wines from Margaret River and the Swan Valley. Their first vintage won five medals from five entries in the Perth Royal Wine Show and has continued to improve from there.

The Wines
The single-vineyard Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon have each won top prizes in national and international wine competitions. Sweet wine lovers will enjoy their Sweetness & Light, Muscat and Chenin Blanc. Chocolate lovers travel miles to try their Sambarino, a liqueur that promises to take people to their happy place! A collaboration with the Margaret River Chocolate Company, its popularity has seen the Sambarino range expand to include flavours like Hazelnut Mousse, Macchiato and After Dinner Mint.

Wine Tastings
The wines can be tasted alongside a changing selection of other seasonal treats and condiments at Providore in Margaret River. Open from 9am to 5pm daily, this is a perfect place for early risers to start their wine tasting adventure.

Unique Highlights
Stock up for a gourmet night in here with Providore’s selection of verjuice syrups, tapenade, dessert sauces, salad dressings, estate-grown olive oil, jams, chutneys spice blends, cheese, condiments and more.

Darlington Estate

The perfect escape from the city for a delectable a la carte winery lunch with magnificent views, a rustic ambience and sumptuous wines, just 30 minutes from Perth.

  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Shiraz,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Pinot Chardonnay,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Sparkling,Cabernet Malbec,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1983
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant
  • Perth Hills:Heart of the Hills
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Vineyards:40 acres
  • Lunch Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays

Description

Sitting atop steep terraced slopes and surrounded by virgin bushland, Darlington Estate utilises environmentally friendly viticulture to ensure the integrity of the land, and in turn, the wine. Perfectly suited to functions (namely weddings), the main building is a stone, wood and glass construction that blends seamlessly into the natural environment.

The Wines

Varieties include Chenin, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz and Rosé.

The Food

Darlington's award winning restaurant is known for its attractive a la carte menu, reflecting a combination of Australian and European influences. Perfectly complemented by the estate's premium wines, each dish is designed to showcase a locally sourced produce, embellished with clever accompaniments. Open for lunch Thursday-Sunday and dinner Fridays and Saturdays.

 

Dormilona Wines

A small-batch, natural winemaker at the forefront of Margaret River’s new generation of producers, and finalist Australian ‘Young Gun of Wine’ (2014) making unique organic wines with ancient methods.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc

Details

  • Brands:Dormilona
  • Winemaker:Josephine Perry
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Facilities:Appointment Only

Description

One of the originals of Margaret River’s new-generation small-batch, hand-made winemakers. Created by Josephine Perry, Dormilona wines (meaning lazy-bones in Spanish) are crafted from small batches of naturally farmed fruit purchased from quality certified organic and biodynamic vineyards around Margaret River.

The label was a finalist as Australia’s Young Gun Winemaker of the Year in 2014.

The wines are made in ancient styles with no additives, fining and very little intervention. This approach aims to fully express the vineyard’s character to make tasty wines that are alternative in fashion and style.

The range focuses on Margaret River’s signature varieties with a few Spanish surprises and a series made in terracotta amphora pots called, ‘Clayface.’

Available online and via selected Australian retailers. Tasting appointments can be made directly with Dormilona.

Downderry Wines

Share wine, cheese and a chat with Rex and Jan Hayes, a couple determined to realise Narrogin’s potential as a wine growing destination and have a cabinet full of Wheatbelt wine awards to prove it!

  • Open Days/times:Friday - Monday 11am and 5pm or by appointment.
  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Fortified,Chenin Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Cabernet Sauvignon,Muscat,Tempranillo,Zinfandel
  • Wine Region:Central WA

Details

  • Brands:Downderry
  • Cases Produced:Less than 999
  • Established:2000
  • Vineyards:5.3 Hectares
  • Winemaker:Contract
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Founded by Rex and Jan Hayes in 1997, Downderry vines grow on what was a working farm for many years. Originally the co-owner of Narrogin's local liquour store, Rex has always had a passion for the perfect drop and a determination to prove the well-matured loam and gravel over clay soils on his property could host healthy vines. The harvest season is truly a community affair at Downderry, with several local charities and sporting groups contributing to grape-picking.

The wines are made by Wine Society's Young Winemaker of the Year in 2013, Coby Ladwig of Rockcliffe's Wines.

The Wines

Varieties include an earthy Shiraz, Rose, Moscato, Sparkling and an award-winning Zinfandel. Downderry Wines has won more than 20 medals and trophies in the Wandering Wheatbelt Wine Awards.

Cellar Door

Enjoy teas and coffees alongside generous wine and cheese tastings at this quaint, family-friendly cellar door operated by the estate's friendly owners (and a handful of cuddly sheep and alpacas for kids to enjoy). Open Friday to Monday 11am - 5pm.

Unique Highlights

Caravaners are welcome to stay overnight on the grass for $5 a night (fee waived with the purchase of wine!)

 

Driftwood Estate

Enjoy a vista of undulating vines, local art and daily wine and olive oil tastings from the cellar door of this consistent 5-Star winery, winning international acclaim from its very first vintage.

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

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Kids Play Area,Dogs Welcome
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cases Produced:15 000
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Set in Wilyabrup, on what was formerly a country retreat, Driftwood Estate received instant acclaim when its first ever wine, the 1993 Semillon, won a special commendation in a UK wine competition.

The boutique winery was established by Tom and Helen Galopoulos in 1989 and makes estate-grown wines with a simplistic approach to winemaking in order to best express the qualities of its ultra-premium grapes. The wines are pure, varietal and regional, leading to Driftwood Estate’s consistent rating as 5 Star Winery James Halliday winery.

The Wines
The wines are produced under four labels, Single Site, Artifacts, The Collection, and Oceania. The focus is Margaret River’s hero varieties in approachable to rare and fine styles.  There’s also a sparkling wine, rosé and a Tawny.

Wine Tasting
Taking in beautiful views across the undulating vines, the Driftwood Estate Cellar Door offers the opportunity to taste the wine range as well as olive oil made from estate-grown olives. There’s a relaxing verandah for a glass of wine in summer and cosy log fires in winter. Large group tastings can be booked in advance. Open daily 10am to 5pm.

Unique Highlights
Peruse the Driftwood Estate art gallery which showcases exhibitions of local artists.

Halliday Rating
5 Black Stars
 

Express Winemakers

A pint-sized wine operation headed by Denmark local newcomer Ryan O'Meara with the sole endeavour to produce honest and expressive single vineyard wines.

  • Wine Variety:Riesling,Rose,Syrah,Tempranillo,Chenin Blanc
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Size & Year:Established 2011 - 2019
  • Great Southern:Mount Barker
  • Established:2011
  • Winemaker:Ryan O'Meara
  • Facilities:Appointment Only

Description

Express Winemakers is Ryan O'Meara's pint-sized wine operation from the great south of Western Australia. Established in 2011, Ryan has assembled a group of top-flight vineyards from the Great Southern region that supply him with quality fruit to make his contemporary and creative range of wines. Express Winemakers aim for minimal intervention at every level, avoiding additives and emphasising single-vineyard sites.

Varieties include a Tempranillo Garnacha blend, Riesling, Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Syrah and Rose. Wines are available online and through selected retailers.

 

Faber Vineyard

Established in 1997, Faber remains an intimate, family-style winery where you can relax, sit down, enjoy some wine, chat to the wine maker and share a platter or two.

  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Grenache,Malbec,Muscat,Rose,Semillon,Shiraz,Sparkling,Sparkling Shiraz,Verdelho,Petit Verdot,Fortified,Dessert,Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Open Days/times:Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Facilities:Light Food,Cellar Door,Functions
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Cases Produced:2500 cases
  • Vineyards:4.5 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Established:1997
  • Winemaker:John Griffiths
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Faber is Latin for a smith, a craftsman, an artisan who is skilled and ingenious. Owners John Griffiths and Jane Micallef founded the vineyard with a mission to grow regionally distinctive grapes and craft wines that are rich and flavoursome. They are true believers in the tradition of wine making, that wine should be inspired, crafted with a sense of creating something distinctive and authentic,

The wines are crafted with the belief that wine should taste of grapes and rely on purity of fruit flavour and delicious fruit characters to drive their wines, and that weight and fullness should come from ripeness, an extension of flavour, not simply more tannin or more acid. They want their wines to ‘sing of their origins’ and highlight the fruit from which the wine is made, not disguise it, and result in wines that are fresh and appealing with great drinkability.

Priding themselves on being extremely exclusive, the cellar door offers unique sit-down style tasting sessions with share platters and plenty of time to chat.

Themed events are also very popular including Harvest Breakfast, Reserve Release Dinner, Winter Benchmark Tasting, Bring Your Favourite Bottle, Spring Long Table Lunch and Xmas BBQ.
Faber Vineyards also caters for weddings, seminars, cocktail parties and large sit-down dinners.

Faber Vineyard is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am- 4pm. 

Fig Tree Estate Winery

Taste traditionally-made, small-batch wines with the winemaker, paired with a delicious gourmet platter featuring figs from the property’s 100-year-old tree, alongside seasonal local produce.

  • Open Days/times:Thursday & Friday 11:30am - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Shiraz,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Verdelho

Details

  • Lunch Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Established:2010
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 2001 - 2010
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Proudly family owned and operated by the Jenkins family, the winery commenced with plantings of Verdelho, Shiraz and Grenache varieties in 2010. The estate grows and sources fruit locally, specialising in small lot, traditionally made wines that are handcrafted and full of unique character.

The Wines

Varieties include Sparkling Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Shiraz Grenache, Cabernet Shiraz, Merlot and Shiraz Liqueur. Swan Valley Apple Ciders are also produced.

Cellar Door

Enjoy a platter and a generous wine tasting at this small and intimate venue whilst having a chat with the estate's friendly winemaker at this cellar door, which opened in 2014. When the 100 year old fig tree is fruiting (February and March), tasting plates have a unique fig theme and flavour that is not to be missed! Open Thursday and Friday 11:30am - 4pm and weekends 11am - 4:30pm.

The Food

Fig Tree Estate Winery serves light lunches, woodfired pizzas and platters on weekends, featuring fresh cheeses, fruits and local produce from the area. Open Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4:30pm.

 

Flametree Wines

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

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

Details

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

Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

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,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Classic Dry White,Merlot Blend,Method Traditionale,Port,Sangiovese,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Shiraz Cabernet,Sparkling Shiraz,Sparkling,Fortified,Rose
  • 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. 

Garbin Estate Wines

Established in 1956, this charming family-run winery and cellar door produces boutique reds, whites and rich fortifieds, but their speciality is bottle-fermented “methode traditionelle” sparkling.

  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Open Days/times:7 days 11am-5.30pm
  • Wine Variety:Rose,Merlot,Sangiovese,Semillon,Shiraz,Verdelho,Fortified,Sparkling,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc

Details

  • Established:1956
  • Facilities:Appointment Only,Functions,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Vineyards:10 hectares
  • Cases Produced:50 - 75 tonnes annually, 4500 cases
  • Winemaker:Pete Garbin

Description

The family-owned wineries of the Swan Valley often include a fascinating history and personal flavour, and Garbin is no exception. Winemaker Peter Garbin (son of founder Duje Garbin), wife Katrina and sons Joel and Adam have a philosophy of hands-on premium winemaking coupled with personal service.

Their wines include award-winning premium boutique red and white wines as well as rich, traditional fortified styles for which the Swan Valley is well renowned, some of which are only available at the cellar door. Their speciality is bottle-fermented “methode traditionelle” sparkling styles made from chardonnay and, more unusually, semillon, chenin blanc, shiraz and merlot. The fruit is sourced from estate vineyards in Gingin and the Swan Valley and grown with low chemical inputs and no pesticides.

The cellar door is low key, charming and spacious with a lovely outside area for warmer days and open 11am to 5:30pm 7 days a week.

HISTORY

Duje Garbin, founder of Garbin Estate, learnt his winemaking craft in between fishing on a small island in the Adriatic Sea. It was basic stuff, but ideally suited to the family needs. As a migrant to Western Australia in 1937, he saved his money and purchased a property at Millendon in the Swan Valley, then Middle Swan in 1956. The Garbin business was built up on bulk wine, some 2000-3000 gallons a year, delivered around the suburbs or purchased by customers visiting the property. Upon retiring Duje’s son, Peter, took over Garbin Estate Wines (GEW). Over the last 20 years, GEW has undergone a massive transition including a new cellar door and processing area, upgraded major plant and equipment and established a vineyard in Gingin, 90 minutes from Perth CBD.
 

Harris Organic Wines

The only certified organic winery in Perth and fascinating example of sustainable viticulture, producing traditional table, sparkling and dessert wines in the Swan Valley.

  • Wine Variety:Brut,Malbec,Method Traditionale,Muscat a Petits Grains Rosa,Port,Sherry,Sparkling,Sparkling Shiraz,Rose,Sparkling Burgundy,White Burgundy,Dessert,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Muscat,Shiraz,Verdelho
  • Open Days/times:Open 11am-4.30pm Thurs. to Mon. Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Cases Produced:500
  • Vineyards:1.8 hectares
  • Size & Year:Micro (1-999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Functions,Cellar Door
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays

Description

Harris Organic Wines is an extremely friendly place. Make your way past the cats and free-range chickens to the cellar door of this small boutique winery and you can enjoy a seated tasting of organic wines with winemaker and owner Duncan Harris (a $ 10.00 tasting fee applies, redeemable against any wine purchase).

Sustainability is central to Harris Organic’s philosophy. The wines are made with natural yeasts and the bare minimum of additives and preservatives. The grapes are irrigated only by what they receive from the sky and Duncan never uses any pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilisers.

Minimal artificial energy sources are required. An underground cellar was built to obtain naturally cooler storage temperatures. The wines mature in oak barriques and hogsheads, ultimately sealed in recyclable glass bottles and natural cork, if available.

You can learn how organic wine is made with a guided walking tour through the vineyard, underground cellar and winery, finishing with a taste of some of the very best of  Duncan's certified organic dry white, red and fortified wines. Duncan is also licensed to distil spirits and sells his organic vodka and brandy at the cellar door and online. While you’re here, stock up on organic coffee and organic olive oil. 

Henley Park Winery

In the Swan Valley, about 10km from Midland. An international affair - run by Danes Claus and Lisbet Petersen, who use South African yeasts and Hungarian oak to produce their wines.

  • Wine Variety:Merlot,Muscat,Pinot Noir,Semillon,Shiraz,Tinta Cao,Touriga,Sparkling,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc
  • Open Days/times:Weekends and public holidays 10am-5pm
  • Wine Region:Swan District

Details

  • Vineyards:4.5 hectares
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:5000
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1901 - 1950
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Cellar Door,Functions
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Established:1935

Description

Henley Park Wines was established by the Yujnovich family in 1935, and purchased by Hans Buchart Petersen ù a former Danish politician and vice-consul to WA ù in 1986. Claus, Hans' son, and wife Lisbet have since become principals, moving from Denmark and producing a range of wines ù Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Muscat, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. About 2000 cases of mainly Shiraz are exported to the Petersen's homeland each year with a Tawny Port, made from Portugese grape varieties, also produced annually. Cafe-style meals are available Friday to Sunday.

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