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Merlot Blend Wine Variety Wineries in Western Australia

Wineries in Western Australia


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Cape Bouvard Winery and Brewery

Spend a day at Lake Clifton’s best value, family-friendly winery, brewery and bistro, just 20 minutes from Mandurah, set beside spectacular forest and home to WA’s fascinating, ancient Thrombolites.

  • Open Days/times:7 days, 10am to 5pm
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Merlot Blend,Tawny,Rosé,Shiraz,Sparkling
  • Wine Region:Peel

Details

  • Facilities:BBQ Facilities,Restaurant,Cellar Door,Kids Play Area
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Lunch Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Cape Bouvard Winery & Brewery is the only winery in the Mandurah shire. A destination the family will love, make a day of tasting delicious boutique wines and beers, indulging on a local seafood and discovering host of unique natural attractions at the property including the Thrombolites; the world’s first life form.

The name of the winery comes from WA’s early history. When French sailors discovered Western Australia in 1801, they named the area "Cape of Bouvard" after French astronomer Alexis Bouvard. The name lives on at Cape Bouvard Winery & Brewery.

The Wines & Wine Tasting

White varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, Chardonnay and a Classic White, and reds include Merlot, Grenache, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are available for tasting at the cellar door and winery and brewery tours can also be arranged in advance.

The Food

With a motto that good quality food shouldn’t cost the earth, Cape Bouvard serves up modern Australian, café and relaxed restaurant style food featuring local produce wherever possible. Their alfresco overlooks the picturesque vineyards, forest and lawn while the signature indoor log fire is perfect for winter. Open for lunch Tuesday-Sunday.

Unique Highlights

Lake Clifton is home to unique Thrombolites (living rocks), and this is one of only two places in Western Australia that are home to the world's first life form. There is a special look out platform to fully appreciate these fascinating structures. The winery is also bordered by the Yalgorup National Park, home to a plethora of tuart and peppermint woodlands.

Kids are welcome. Pack a frisbee, cricket or bocce set to make the most of the expansive lawns.

 

Listing image by: Ryder Evans

Capel Vale Wines & Match Restaurant

Capel Vale is a pioneer within Western Australia and amongst the first to be established with vines planted in 1974. Capel Vale Cellar Door & Match Restaurant open 7 days.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet Shiraz,Chardonnay,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Riesling,Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon,Shiraz,Verdelho,Sparkling,Brut,Malbec,Merlot Blend
  • Wine Region:Geographe
  • Open Days/times:7 days 10am-4pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Holidays
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Cellar Door,Functions,Wheelchair Access
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Monday,Thursday
  • Geographe:Busselton / Capel
  • Vineyards:90 hectares
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000

Description

The Wines

Capel Vale has been crafting intensely fruit driven, powerful yet elegant wines from the cool regions of Western Australia since 1974. A broad range of wines in the Debut, Regional Series, Cellar Exclusive, Black Label and Single Vineyard Wine tiers. 

Capel Vale has established mature vineyards in Geographe, Margaret River and Mount Barker and produces wines that reflect the distinct climate and soils of each region.

Cellar Door

Visitors are warmly welcome to the cellar door to taste and purchase the full range of Capel Vale Wines. Located in Capel, two hours from Perth, indulge in match plates by the fire or alfresco in the summer breeze at Capel Vale's charming cellar door, open every day from 10am - 4:30pm.

The Food - Match Restaurant

The philosophy behind the restaurant is to Match food and wine. The menu comprises of Match Plates where components match the characteristics in the recommended wine. Grazing plates & cheese plates are also available.

Open Thursday to Monday 11:30am - 2:30pm. 

Bookings [email protected]

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

Driftwood Estate Margaret River

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

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

Details

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

Description

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Flying Fish Cove Pty Ltd

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

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

Details

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

Karafilis Organics

Karafilis Organics is a small, family owned and operated winery in the stunning Blackwood Valley region.

  • Open Days/times:Appointment Only
  • Wine Region:Blackwood River Valley
  • Wine Variety:Merlot,Merlot Blend,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz

Details

  • Facilities:Appointment Only
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases)

Description

Karafilis Organics love of the country lifestyle and the beautiful fertile region of the Blackwood valley in  gave rise to the dream of establishing a successful small organic vineyard and winery.

Producor Dion's family have farmed in the area for many years and understand the need to preserve and nurture healthy soils and create a sustainable lifestyle for their families.

This commitment is best seen at vintage when family members, young and old, gather from far and wide to pick, sort, crush and press the grapes.

This tradition from Dion's Mediterranean roots has continued now to the third generation of proud wine producers.

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

Details

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

Description

In response to COVID-19, Larry Cherubino Wines are providing free delivery for all online orders in March and April 2020. For every online order they are giving a $49 voucher to put towards your next one.

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
 

MadFish Wines

MadFish Wines is named after a remote beach in West Australia, where legend tells of colliding tides causing schools of fish to leap out of water in confusion and chaos.

  • Open Days/times:Open daily 10am to 5pm
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Brut,Cabernet,Cabernet Merlot,Classic Dry White,Malbec,Merlot Blend,Method Traditionale,Petit Verdot,Pinot Gris,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Prosecco,Riesling,Shiraz,Dessert,Sparkling,Rosé

Details

  • Brands:MadFish Wines
  • Established:1992
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes. Disabled parking, no stairs, wheelchair access, disabled bathrooms, wheelchair-friendly bathrooms
  • Winemaker:Janice McDonald
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Kids Play Area,Picnic Facilities
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

Description

The prehistoric landscape and raw, wild coastline of South West WA has been the inspiration behind MadFish since it was first created in 1992. With grapes sourced from throughout the Margaret River and Great Southern wine regions, we try to capture these precious landscapes in a bottle, with their prehistoric soils, battered ocean cliffs, foaming surf and calm turquoise beaches.

The elements that define the MadFish range – wild, coastal and pure – are also what immerse visitors at our home, the Margaret River region.

Less than 5 minutes’ drive from world famous beaches and surf spots in the heart of Margaret River wine country, our vineyard and cellar door allow you to experience the nature, surroundings and laid-back lifestyle that inspired MadFish.

The MadFish range includes an ever-evolving line-up of small batch alternative varieties, made in experimental styles and available only at cellar door.

We always have fizz on pour, like the MadFish Vera’s Sparkling Cuvée and Prosecco, both made by us with specialist equipment in-house.

Set on 138 hectares of native bushland less than 5 minutes from the town of Cowaramup, the property is a spectacular place to witness the changing of the seasons. The winding tree-lined driveway passes a traditional old settler cottage and the famous Willyabrup Creek on its way to the cellar door.

The cellar door is surrounded by spacious lawn areas, where you can bring a picnic, borrow a bocce set and enjoy a glass or bottle of wine under the sun. In winter, cosy up inside on the couches with a wine by the fire. The building itself is a must-see example of award-winning architecture, built according to Feng Shui principles.

Our contemporary, cool climate wine styles are noted for their pure, fresh and clean characteristics, where the flavour of the fruit is the primary character.

Rivendell Winery Estate

Rivendell's rustic cellar door provides guests the opportunity to taste boutique wines. The cellar door also offers a range of drinks, coffee and picnic produce to enjoy in the beautiful gardens

  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Rosé,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Cabernet Shiraz,Brut,Cabernet,Cuvee Brut,Merlot Blend,Semillon,Durif,Shiraz Cabernet
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Cellar Door open Friday to Sunday 11am-4pm

Details

  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Established:1987
  • Vineyards:1.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Rivendell Estate and Forester Estate
  • Brands:Rivendell Estate and Forester Estate Wines
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes - a ramp leads to the cellar and function centre
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Gallery,Functions,Kids Play Area,Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome,Wheelchair Access,Light Food,Picnic Facilities
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Types & Styles:Hand Picked,Single Vineyard,Estate Grown,Family Run

Description

Owned and operated by the Gruenthal family, Rivendell Winery is the perfect country escape. Established in 1985, the estate features acres of glorious manicured gardens, lawns, vineyards and vinyard villas along with the rustic cellar door and beautiful function centre. 

The Wines
The Rivendell cellar door is open Friday to Sunday and features wines from the neighbouring Forester Estate as well as the new and growing range of Rivendell Estate wines. Picnic produce and coffee is also on offer along with other drinks such as beer and soft drinks that guests can enjoy in the alfresco gardens. The cellar door has a small collection of art by the talented Lindy Cullen together with a range of merchandise. 

Function centre
Rivendell is an exclusive venue for private functions, weddings and corporate events. Contact us to see what we can do to host your next function.

Stay a Little Longer… 

The Rivendell villas feature a range of options from three bedroom rammed earth chalets to modern four bedroom brick houses. The property can accommodate over 60 patrons and as such is perfect for a wedding held at the beautiful cottage gardens.Visit the Rivendell website for further information at www.rivendellwinery.com.au

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

Details

  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Facilities:Dogs Welcome,Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities,BBQ Facilities
  • Cellar Door Open:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1800 - 1850
  • 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.

Sandalford Wines - Swan Valley

One of Australia’s oldest and largest family-owned wineries, Sandalford is an immaculate property and local icon, boasting a grand cellar door, highly-acclaimed restaurant and famous wine cruise.

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

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Cellar Door,Restaurant,Dogs Welcome
  • Established:1840
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Vineyards:4000 acres
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:60000 cases
  • Size & Year:Medium (50,000-499,999 cases),Established 1800 - 1850

Description

Sandalford has been making superb West Australian wines for over 175 years. The primary property is the grand Swan Valley estate and offers an array of tours, courses and food & wine experiences. There is also the cellar in Margaret River, surrounded by beautiful, country gardens, vines and native forest.

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 their extensive knowledge and wine-making 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 other special wines) can be tasted at their Swan Valley and Margaret River estates. The grand Swan Valley cellar door is one of the largest in Western Australia and is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Tour / Cruise
Have you ever travelled to Sandalford Estate, Swan Valley by river boat? Perth’s Famous Wine Cruise with Captain Cook Cruises is the ultimate way to reach our vineyard.  Cruise into the picturesque upper reaches of the Swan Valley as you sample fine wines from the Swan Valley before disembarking at Sandalford Estate’s private jetty for an exclusive behind the scenes tour, video presentation and Flight of Wines wine tasting. A gourmet 2 course lunch is presented onsite before a dessert buffet and afternoon tea is served back on board the vessel. Live entertainment follows as you enjoy complimentary wine on the return cruise.

The Restaurant
The multi-award-winning Restaurant has a rustic ambience of limestone, wood and a grand open fireplace, and alfresco encased by 125-year-old vines and vast vineyard views. The a la carte menu showcases fresh regional produce sourced from around WA, including Abrohlos Island Scallops, Rottnest Island Tuna, Cone Bay Barramundi, Linley Valley Lamb and Blackwood Valley Beef. Look out for a special selection of rare museum wines that can be enjoyed with meals. Open daily for lunch from midday.

Unique Highlights
Sandalford’s Winemaker Apprenticeship takes place on Saturdays and is another once-in-a-lifetime experience. A winery tour teaches the theory to prepare for the practical exam of wine blending. It’s the chance to get creative and make your own original WA wine. The process is endlessly entertaining and informative too. Sandalford experts judge all of the blends, then the whole tour group get to share them over lunch.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

Willespie

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

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

Details

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

Description

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

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

The Wines

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

Cellar Door

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

Halliday Rating

4 Stars

Windows Estate

Discover some of Margaret River’s most interesting artisan, single vineyard wines, made with ancient methods and minimal intervention, including a rare basket-pressed series.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Method Traditionale,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Merlot Blend,Semillon,Syrah,Viognier,Cabernet Franc,Malbec,Petit Verdot,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Sparkling,Cabernet
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:10am - 5pm Everyday

Details

  • Established:1996
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Kids Play Area,Functions,Light Food,Organic (Certified),Dogs Welcome,Picnic Facilities,Wheelchair Access
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Cases Produced:2500
  • Vineyards:6.3 hectares
  • Winemaker:Chris Davies
  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes, ramp from car park into Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Chris, Jo, Lucas and Violette Davies are a young West Australian family and the grape growers and artisan wine producers at Windows Estate.

All Windows Estate vines are cared for meticulously and dry block grown to ensure maximum concentration of flavours. Chris, a passionate viticulturist, completes every vineyard operation single-handedly. Apart from the very day the grapes are harvested, no one else is ever allowed to touch his vines!

In the winery, the preference is toward ancient, hand-processing methods with minimal use of machinery. As one of few remaining wineries still using a manual basket press, Window’s Estate Basket Pressed Cabernet Merlot, Basket Pressed Cabernet Sauvignon and Basket Pressed Shiraz are special propositions in Margaret River.

Sustainability is a key focus and over 60% of the Estate is reserved as natural bushland. Minimal intervention is employed in grape growing and winemaking processes and as a certified organic vineyard only organic fertilisers are used.

Cellar Door tastings are available daily. We also make our own pickles on site at our picklery, using locally grown produce. These can also be tasted and purchased at our cellar door. Cheese platters can be purchased to enjoy at the Estate. Being a small, family business, bookings are requested for tasting groups of 6 or more people.

Halliday Rating
5 Red Stars

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