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Gewurztraminer Wine Variety Wineries in Western Australia

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Forest Hill Estate

Surrounded by Karri trees this stunning hillside winery is home to WA’s oldest cool-climate vineyard, cellar door and fine-dining restaurant, producing stunning wines from vines planted in 1965.

  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Sparkling,Gewurztraminer,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Thur to Sun 10:30am to 5pm; Restaurant: Thur to Sun Lunch, Friday Dinner

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Functions,Restaurant
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner Open:Friday
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Thursday
  • Great Southern:Denmark
  • Cases Produced:12000 cases
  • Vineyards:65 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Forest Hill has an interesting pioneer history and was once owned by the Holmes a Court family of Vasse Felix in Margaret River. In 1996 the vineyards were bought by the Lyons family, the current owners and old farming family from the Great Southern. The winery and cellar door were established in 2004 and the fine-dining restaurant, Pepper and Salt, is a popular wedding destination and from its elevated position has commanding views of the valley and estate vineyards.

 

The Wines:

The vineyard at Forest Hill winery was the site of the first grape plantings in the Great Southern in 1965, making it one of the oldest operating wineries in Western Australia.  The first vintage, a cabernet and a riesling, was released in 1972.  The cabernet was made by Jack Mann at Houghton Winery in the Swan Valley and the riesling by his son Dorham, at Sandalford.   

Today the wines are made by Guy Lyons and Liam Carmody.  There are 14 wines made at Forest Hill which include riesling, sauvignon blanc, gewurtztraminer, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and Malbec.

The Block Series wines are sourced from old dry-grown vineyards, and the riesling is often the recipient of medals and trophies at wineshows around the country.

 

Wine Tasting:

Positioned beneath the Pepper and Salt restaurant, and built into a stone cellar, the cellar door is open Thursday through Sunday 10.30am - 5pm. 

 

Unique Highlights:

Picturesque setting, dramatic backdrop of Karri trees, fine dining restaurant, exceptional cool-climate wines.

 

Halliday Rating:

5 Red Stars

 

 

Hainault Vineyard & Cafe

Unwind on the verandah of this boutique, family-owned cellar door and dog-friendly cafe serving lunch platters full of organic produce and set with gorgeous views of the Bickley Valley.

  • Wine Variety:Gewurztraminer,Pinot Noir,Semillon,Semillon Chardonnay,Sparkling,Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Classic Dry White,Rose,Cabernet Merlot
  • Wine Region:Perth Hills

Details

  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday
  • Established:1980
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food,Functions,Restaurant
  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Vineyards:17 acres
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Nestled in Jarrah forest on the Darling Scarp at an elevation of 400 metres, Hainault is the highest vineyard in Western Australia, and is in one of the coldest parts of the State. The 17 acre property was replanted as a vineyard in 1978 by Peter Fimmel, one of the pioneers of the then infant Perth Hills Wine Region.

Owners Michael and Lyn Sykes purchased the vineyard in 2002, with an objective to produce premium quality varietal wines whilst further developing a style synonymous with the Perth Hills. The couple's relationship with the environment is signified in Hainault's logo of a Boobook owl, an animal native to the area, and viticulture and land management practices reflect their commitment to sustainability. Hainault also prides itself on being pet friendly, and it's common to see the Sykes family Kelpies at their cafe.

The Wines

All Hainault wines are made from estate grown, hand harvested fruit using minimal interventions. Among an extensive range, Hainault produces a traditional method Sparkling Pinot Noir, Semillon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Rose, Cabernet Merlot Blend, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cellar Door

Wine tastings and cellar sales are available Saturday to Monday from 11am-5pm.

The Food

Open for lunch Saturday to Monday from 11am-5pm, the Hainault Cafe offers nibbles, platters, hearty mains and delicious desserts on a verandah overlooking the stunning vineyard. All food is prepared on premises and made to order using locally sourced organic produce whenever possible, and several vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available.

Larry Cherubino Wines

Halliday’s wine maker of the year (XXXX) and Australian Winery of the Year & Best Value Winery (2011, 2017), making site-driven wines from six speciality vineyards, with modern cellar door.

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

Details

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

Description

One of WA’s most awarded winemakers, Larry Cherubino Wines makes an expressive range from a collection of estate-owned vineyards in Margaret River, Pemberton and the Great Southern (Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup areas). The label began in Frankland River in 2004 when Larry and wife, Edwina purchased an historic property called Riversdale. The inaugural 2005 vintage wines were made in the family’s spare room! These days they are made in a well-equipped winery in Margaret River.

Larry Cherubino Wines was named James Halliday’s Australian Winery of the Year in 2011, and also Australia’s Best-Value Winery by Halliday in 2017. Winemaker Larry Cherubino has a string of Winemaker of the Year nominations with leading Australian and UK wine media.

The Wines
Following the belief that great wines are made in the vineyard, Larry Cherubino Wines are made from six specialty vineyards in Western Australia’s leading south-west wine regions. The wines are estate-grown and the vineyards follow a mix of principles from the schools of organics and traditional farming with the aim to encourage the vines to exist in a healthy ecosystem, for plant health. The range has a characterful selection of site-driven examples of Riesling and Chardonnay, alongside alternative varieties including Fiano and Pinot Blanc. Classic Cabernet and Shiraz are made too.

Wine Tasting
Enjoy a seasonal range of wines for tasting at all times alongside a selection of cellar door exclusives. An enomatic machine holds a curated range of rare back vintage wines which can be enjoyed as educational (and highly enjoyable) flights. Private tastings in the board room or barrel room can be booked in advance for groups. Antipasti and dinners are available by special arrangement.

If you want a good laugh, ask Larry about the dog in the bedroom incident. It all happened to a mate of his apparently!!

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars
 

Olive Farm Wines

The heritage of WA’s oldest winery, four-generations of family ownership and the ‘dream’ cellar door including a decadent cheese emporium, makes for one unmissable Swan Valley experience.

  • Wine Variety:Brut,Cabernet,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet Shiraz,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Chenin Verdelho,Classic Dry White,Gewurztraminer,Grenache,Grenache Shiraz,Malbec,Merlot,Method Traditionale,Shiraz Cabernet,Sparkling Rose,Sparkling Shiraz,Tempranillo,Verdelho,Viognier,Muscat,Petit Verdot,Pinot Gris,Port,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Shiraz,Sparkling,Fortified,Rose,Dessert
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Open Days/times:Cellar Door: Mon to Sun 10am to 5pm, restaurant: Mon - Tue 10am to 5pm, Wed - Sun 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Established:1829
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Restaurant
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Vineyards:24 acre
  • Winemaker:Anthony Yurisich
  • Size & Year:Established 1800 - 1850

Description

The Olive Farm property dates back to 1829 and was established by an English botanist named Thomas Waters who brought grapevine cuttings and olive trees with him when he settled in Perth. He planted the olive trees first, hence the name, but wine was soon produced, with the first vintage in 1834. (Much of which became currency for bartering with the local shopkeepers!)

In 1933, Ivan Yurisich purchased the property. He had immigrated from Yugoslavia at the turn of the century and after working in the Goldfields and outback of WA, decided to try his hand at winemaking. The property has remained in the family for four generations.

The Wines
Historically, The Olive Farm made fortified wines which were sold by the cask to the Goldfields in Western Australia. The winery become one of the first in WA to produce Traditional Method Sparkling wines back in the 1960s. These remain a core of range which is now named ‘Olivine’.

Still table wines were introduced in the 1970s and achieved great success in the local wine shows. The current range is diverse, with over 35 sweet to dry white, red, sparkling and fortified wines. There are all the Swan Valley classics, along with some other surprise varieties like Tempranillo, Traminer, Durif and Cabernet Franc.

Wine Tasting
The Yurisich family built their ‘dream’ winery and cellar door in 2007. It is set on a 24-acre property in the heart of the Swan Valley and has received significant awards for its architecture and interior design. Visitors are welcome to sample from the full range of wines, with tastings available 10am – 5pm daily. A walking tour of the vineyard and winery can be booked in advance, it begins at 10.30am.

Unique Highlights: The Cheese
Taste and graze from a selection of over 75+ different international and local benchmark cheeses at the family’s Cheese Barrel Café. Just metres from the cellar door, this architecturally-designed gem of a property is a place of wine and cheese-lovers’ dreams. The all-day menu is both flexible and generous, with cheeseboards starting from $35-$40. Free cheese tastings are available too. They are best experienced between 10am and 1pm before it gets too busy. Families, children and even dogs are welcome.

The Cheese Barrel Café is open 10am – 5pm Monday and Tuesday, and 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Singlefile Wines

Visit the home of James Halliday’s ‘Best Australian Chardonnay’ and three-time Gourmet Traveller Wine ‘Great Southern Cellar Door of the Year’ at this chic, contemporary estate near Denmark.

  • Wine Variety:Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Tempranillo,Dessert,Cabernet,Sparkling Cuvee,Fume Blanc,Gewurztraminer,Method Traditionale,Pinot Chardonnay,Pinot Gris,Cabernet Sauvignon,Grenache,Sauvignon Blanc,Sparkling,Mourvedre,Riesling,Botrytis Riesling,Shiraz,Rose,Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir
  • Wine Region:Great Southern
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: 11am to 5pm daily

Details

  • Established:2007
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Brands:Singlefile Wines, Run Free
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access,Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities
  • Cellar Door Open:Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Great Southern:Denmark
  • Cases Produced:9000 cases
  • Vineyards:3.75 hectares
  • Winemaker:Patrick Corbett, Coby Ladwig, Mike Garland

Description

A treasure of the Great Southern, Singlefile is the fruit of labour of the Snowden family, who purchased an established vineyard in Scotsdale Valley in 2008 after an extensive search around Australia; determining that Denmark ticked all the boxes for the quality wines and lifestyle they were seeking.

The team decided to focus the existing vineyard entirely on Chardonnay, pulling out Shiraz and Merlot vines and planting Gingin clone Chardonnay. Fruit for the balance of their wines is sourced from specialist vineyard sites throughout the Great Southern Region and its distinct areas including Mount Barker, Albany, Frankland River.

The cool climate wines are handpicked and made as naturally as possible to allow the fruit to be the star of the finished wine. Their Chardonnay was named Chardonnay of the Year by James Halliday (2019 Wine Companion).

The Wines

Four tiers of wines are made, all of which are drawn from specially selected sites within the Great Southern, except for the estate-grown Chardonnay. Riesling, Cabernet blends, Pinot Noir and Fume Blanc are just some of the wine styles being made.

Wine Tasting

Set beside a stunning lake with beautiful manicured lawns, the wood and brick cellar door is tasteful and chic and a three-time recipient of Gourmet Traveller Wine’s ‘Best Cellar Door of the Great Southern’ award. Guests are welcome every day of the week to taste the wines and go on a journey of discovering the different styles of wines from the diverse Great Southern region. Bring your own picnics are welcome and there’s also an option to enjoy ‘Coco d’Vino’ which is a wine and chocolate tasting flight. No bookings required.

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

 

 

 

 

Snake And Herring

Visit the Margaret River cellar door to taste a treasure map of exciting wines made from vineyard gems throughout WA’s South-West, then to Dunsborough to feast at their esteemed new restaurant, Yarri.

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

Details

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

Description

Snake & Herring views Western Australia’s South-West wine regions like a treasure map with vineyard jewels scattered throughout. With this philosophy founders Redmond “Herring” Sweeny and Tony “Snake” Davis road trip around, finding remarkable and interesting grapes to make their award-winning wines.

The Wines

Snake & Herring is known for its exciting and eclectic wine range that loves celebrating overlooked styles and regions. The delicious and memorable hand-picked wines focus on natural fermentation and minimal additions to be unique and site-expressive. There is a kaleidoscope of styles including various Great Southern Rieslings, Pinot Noirs and a Grenache Rose, and a mix of Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Chardonnay and Cabernet blends. 

Cellar Door

A simple, laidback, unpretentious space to enjoy some remarkable wine, the cellar door is located on Caves Road, about 15 minutes’ drive north of Margaret River town. Wine tastings are available daily from 11am to 5pm. (11am to 4pm during Winter.)

The Food

Snake & Herring’s Yarri Restaurant has fast-become a hotspot dining in the south-west dining. It is located in Dunsborough and headed by one of WA’s most highly awarded chefs, Aaron Carr. The menu features only local produce and is inspired by the six seasons of the Noongar people and country, with all ingredients sourced sustainably and thoughtfully.

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

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