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Merlot Wine Variety Wineries in Western Australia

Wineries in Western Australia


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Aldersyde Estate

Mother & daughter team, Di and Lara, run Perth’s Hills’ oldest continually operating winery, producing small batches of handcrafted reds sold only at the cellar door in the stunning Bickley Valley.

  • Wine Region:Perth Hills
  • Open Days/times:Weekends 1pm to 5pm, public holidays by appointment
  • Wine Variety:Sparkling,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Merlot,Shiraz

Details

  • Perth Hills:Bickley Valley
  • Vineyards:2.5 hectares
  • Winemaker:Lara Bray
  • Established:1974
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Cases Produced:600 cases

Description

Formerly known as Piesse Brook Wines, Aldersyde is a stunning boutique winery located in the Bickley Valley and the oldest continually operating winery in the Perth Hills.

This is a traditional family winery in the truest sense. Specializing in hand crafted wines from fruit grown entirely on the estate vineyard, practically all the winemaking procedures are done by hand, from picking and sorting the grapes to winding up the hydraulic wooden basket press.

Relatives and friends join in and help at critical times, including vintage and pruning, but Aldersyde is essentially a mother-daughter operation, with Lara looking after the vines and winemaking and mother, Di, in charge of cellar door sales. 

Increasingly, the focus in the cellar is to produce more natural wines, using foot-treading and hand-plunging (pigéage) with pumpovers during fermentation and indigenous yeasts instead of manufactured yeasts and products.

Six wines are produced: Saignée, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Shiraz, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Production is limited to approximately 100 dozen per wine style and the wines are not available for retail elsewhere, making the cellar door experience quite unique.

Wines are available for tasting by appointment at the tiny cellar door, with the gorgeous wine-covered terrace overlooking the vines. Di runs the cellar door but Lara is often also available to chat whilst you savour a delicious glass of wine and Zoe the winery dog entertains the kids.

THE WINEMAKER

Larissa (also known as Lara) Bray is one of the quiet achievers of the Western Australian wine industry and a third-generation vigneron in the Perth Hills.

After a short career as a lawyer in Canberra and London, Lara studied winemaking at Adelaide University and then gained formidable experience by working vintage at iconic Australian wineries - Brokenwood, Mt Mary and Vasse Felix; Chard Farm in Central Otago; then Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire, Northern and Southern Rhone, and Barolo.

After working as assistant winemaker at Cape Mentelle from 2004 until 2007, Lara left to work with her mother, Di, at the family winery.

In 2008, Lara joined a distinguished group who have been dux of the Len Evans Tutorial - 'the most exclusive wine school in the world' says James Halliday, and has judged at wine shows throughout Australia and in New Zealand.

THE VINEYARD

The climate in the Perth Hills is typically Mediterranean with cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers, mediated by cooling afternoon sea breezes and night temperatures 2-3 degrees cooler than Perth or the Swan Valley. The climate has been likened to that of the Douro Valley in Portugal. MJT Kalamunda in the Bickley locality is 23.1°C, RH 45%, rainfall 900-1200mm.

Soils comprise underlying granitic quartz clays at depths from half a metre to 3 metres. The top vineyard and the top half of the bottom vineyard are planted on hilltop slopes and comprise gravels with medium to light loam content. The lower half of the bottom vineyard is in a gently sloping valley and consists of mostly loams and alluvial soils. Because of the underlying clay subsoil, soils tend to retain good moisture levels throughout the growing season. Drip irrigation is applied if necessary.

 

Alkoomi Wines

This third generation property in Frankland River is one of WA’s largest family owned and operated wineries and produces superb cool-climate wines with cellar door and accommodation.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Viognier,Dessert,Rosé,Merlot Cabernet,Muscat
  • Open Days/times:Daily 10am to 5pm. Closed Good Friday, the morning of ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
  • Wine Region:Great Southern

Details

  • Established:1971
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Medium (50,000-499,999 cases)
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Cellar Door
  • Great Southern:Frankland River
  • Cases Produced:52000 cases
  • Vineyards:106.16 hectares

Description

Located just outside of the town of Frankland River, the Alkoomi estate is part of a 1220 acre family property, settled in 1946 by Sandy’s grandparents.  The land was originally used for farming livestock and grain. In 1971, the first hectare of cabernet vines was planted and has since expanded to approximately 100ha and include shiraz, malbec, riesling and sauvignon blanc.  The stone-walled cellar door overlooks the vineyards to the south and the vast landscape beyond. Open seven days a week, from 10am - 5pm, the cellar door also serves as a function centre for weddings and other large events.

The wine labels each feature the iconic Australian Grass Tree, and the icon wines are named after native Australian timbers: Wandoo, Blackbutt, Melaleuca and Jarrah.

The Wines
Winemaker Andrew Cherry has been with the Hallett family since 2010 and has amassed an impressive collection of medals, trophies and high scores for the Alkoomi wines.  The portfolio contains three separate ranges, the Icon wines (the best from each vintage), the Black Label wines (intended for mid-long term cellaring, premium fruit), and the White Label wines (intended for early drinking, short term cellaring). Varieties include riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet, malbec, shiraz and a selection of sweet wines (muscat, late harvest and a rose).

Wine Tasting
Taste the wines at the family run cellar door.

Unique Highlights
Alkoomi offers guest chalet accommodation on the property. 

Halliday Rating
Five Red Stars

Ambrook Wines

Experience a ‘taste of Italy’ in the Valley; discover old-vine, family-made Italian varietal wines served with delicious antipasto platters, cheese boards and house-made arancini.

  • Open Days/times:Thur to Mon 10am to 5pm
  • Wine Region:Swan District
  • Wine Variety:Merlot,Shiraz,Cabernet Sauvignon,Grenache,Sangiovese,Verdelho,Vermentino

Details

  • Cases Produced:1500 cases
  • Established:1990
  • Winemaker:Mickele Amonini
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Monday,Thursday
  • Lunch Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Thursday
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Brands:Ambrook

Description

Owner Mickele Amonini's family has a rich winemaking history within the Valtellina region, near the Swiss-Italian border in northern Italy. Continuing this tradition in Australia, Michele and partner Karen Turner purchased a vineyard with vines dating back to 1945 to create their boutique, award-winning Ambrook winery within the rich soils of the Swan River in West Swan.

The Wines

Italian wines are the focus, with dry to sweet styles including Verdehlo and Moscato (made from vines planted in 1945). The medium to full bodied reds include a Grenache blend, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Porto Di Pia (dessert wine) is a wild-fermented fortified white made in an Italian Vin Santo style. All wines are available for purchase at the Ambrook cellar door or online.

Cellar Door

The estate houses a rustic cellar door with an inviting, laidback approach to wine-tasting. Be sure to enjoy a range of Italian favourites; including antipasto, cheeses and arancini balls, best enjoyed overlooking the beautiful vista of vines. Open Thursday to Monday 10am - 5pm.

Aravina Estate

Surrounded by stunning vineyards, rolling hills, bushland and manicured gardens, Aravina Estate offers a mix of memorable experiences for the whole family.

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

Details

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

Description

This beautiful estate offers creative tastings, a fine-dining restaurant, casual dining Riviera Bar, Taphouse, car gallery and WA’s first surfing museum. The first vines were planted in 1986 on prime country in Yallingup and offers some of the regions' best varietals, such as Chenin Blanc, SBS, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Malbec. The Aravina Estate Restaurant offers fine-dining in an elegant, "Vogue-living" style setting, 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 Pizza from our Pizza Bar or grab a icy cold beer from our 8 Waves Taphouse. Visit on the weekends and enjoy live gigs on the lawn for the whole family to enjoy. The WA Surf Museum chronicles the local surf culture and history with an impressive collection of vintage surfboards and cool memorabilia to check out. Our Car Gallery features a variety of sports and Australian Muscle cars.

Arimia Winery

Gourmet Traveller’s #1 WA Regional Restaurant (2018), this self-sufficient winery operates ‘off the grid’ creating diverse, acclaimed wines, best enjoyed at its honest and inviting cellar door.

  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: Thu to Mon 10am to 5pm. Restaurant: Thu - Mon 12pm to 3pm.
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Grenache,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Shiraz,Verdelho,Zinfandel,Mourvedre,Fortified,Cabernet Merlot
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Winemaker:Mark Warren
  • Cellar Door Open:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Accommodation,Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome,Functions,Organic (Certified),Wheelchair Access
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Vineyards:7 hectares
  • Brands:Arimia
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes, all same level
  • Cases Produced:3685
  • Established:1998

Description

A boutique winery that operates ‘off the grid’, Arimia was established in 1997 by Ann Spencer. Located in the north end of Margaret River, it makes the most of its superb environment, surrounded by the untouched Cape Naturaliste National Park and the Indian Ocean, to make an innovative range of estate-grown wines.

The vineyard follows organic practices and grows a diverse mix of grapes, from Margaret River’s classics of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon through to Mourvedre, Zinfandel and Verdehlo.

Wine Tasting

One of the most authentic food and wine experiences to be found in Margaret River,

the acclaimed wine range can be sampled at the relaxed cellar door, built primarily using recycled and plantation timber.

The Food

Awarded ‘Gourmet Traveller Regional Restaurant of the Year’ 2018, Arimia’s menu comes mostly from farm-grown produce including pork and trout raised on the 55ha property. The kitchen, headed by chef Evan Hayter is dedicated to utilising entire animals, with a no-waste approach that encourages creativity. Bookings are highly recommended. Open Thursday to Tuesday for lunch.

Halliday Rating

4/5 Stars

Arlewood Estate

A wow-factor James Halliday Dark Horse Winning winery, creating European inspired wines with a refreshing Margaret River twist, available for tasting at the cellar door Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Nebbiolo,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Cabernet Franc,Merlot
  • Open Days/times:Thursday to Sunday from 11am

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome
  • Cellar Door Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:3000 cases
  • Vineyards:6 hectares
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Karridale
  • Brands:VILLAGGIO, Arlewood, La Bratta

Description

Winner of James Halliday’s Dark Horse Winery of the Year 2017, Arlewood is a family-owned, boutique producer making elegant wines the Gosatti family and friends love to drink.

Arlewood's winemaking is inspired by the village of La Bratta in Northern Italy where hands-on owner Gary Gossatti’s ancestors were grape growers for the local community winery. The label began back in 1984 and in 2009 relocated to the cooler Forest Grove property, located 10km south of Margaret.

The Wines
Margaret River’s signature varieties are made with creative and intuitive winemaking techniques. Look out for the European inspired La Bratta Bianco and La Bratta Rosso. The Bianco has been a major hit with the critics, with James Halliday naming it a ‘Wow Factor White’ and saying it was, “a wine that brought goose-bumps due to my unabashed love of fine white Bordeaux… This is a tour de force of winemaking, underlain by a profound love and understanding of the fruit and its origins.”

Wine Tasting
Laid back, tastings of all the wines are available from 11am Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A must see secret cellar door. 

Halliday Rating
5 Black Stars

Wine Club

Love Arlewood wines? Our club members have access to Chardonnay, project wines, organic olive oil from the farm, back vintages, plus free shipping and discounts. Check out our offerings on the website.

Barnyard1978

A casual-classy restaurant, cellar door and honey shop with bold eco-architecture where you can watch their signature pastas being made while you taste and dine!

  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Sparkling
  • Open Days/times:10am to 4pm Thursday to Tuesday. Restaurant: 10am-4pm, Thursday to Tuesday.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River

Details

  • Cases Produced:1250
  • Established:1978
  • Vineyards:4 hectares
  • Winemaker:Todd Payne
  • Facilities:Restaurant,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Breakfast Open:Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Margaret River:Yallingup

Description

This farmstead meets bistro-style concept employs striking architecture to link nature, landscape and ecological sustainability, resulting in a relaxed, yet classy dining experience with down-to-earth Yallingup flair.

Culinary Experiences
Open for lunch, and also for breakfast on the weekends, enjoy shared plates of cheese and meats or a diverse selection of site-made pasta dishes. The Farm Shop and Cellar Door also offer wine and honey tastings and sell a selection of locally-made foods.

The Pasta
A vast range of pasta is made on site. Watch the pasta being made and buy some to enjoy at home! All pasta is made with top grade semolina flour and fresh eggs, laid by happy Margaret River chickens.

The Wine
Enjoy small-batch wines, handpicked by owners Raminta and Egidijus Rusilas and their family and friends. Wine styles include Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends.

Local Honey – 100% Raw & Real
Barnyard 1978 works with local independent beekeepers to deliver varietal honeys from around WA. The range is constantly evolving based on natural supplies. Typically, there are seven or more varieties available for free tastings including Marri, Karri, Red Bell, Wandoo, White Gum and  Blackbutt.

Tip! Leave a voicemail if your call goes unanswered, as the team turn their phones down during lunch service to keep the atmosphere serene for diners.

Beckett's Flat | Five Stones

Enjoy delicious, food-friendly, vegan wines from this boutique, single-vineyard winery, plus photo gallery at the owner-operated cellar door.

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

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Accommodation,Dogs Welcome
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Vineyards:13.6 hectares
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Margaret River:Treeton
  • Cases Produced:7000 cases

Description

This delightful winery is located in the heart of Margaret River. Owners Noni and Bill Ilic are hands-on in all aspects of the business, from planting and tending the vines, winemaking and hand-selling their wines from the cellar door. Making premium wines is their passion, which happens to also be their business.

The Wines
The Beckett’s Flat vineyard was first planted in 1992. The vineyard is managed primarily with organic practices and the wines are all made on site in the pair’s small, but well-equipped winery.

Early success in Australian and overseas wine shows led the Ilic’s to focus their wines style toward making delicious, food-friendly, early drinking wines that are fruit-driven and elegant. The stunning range includes diverse styles from traditional method Sparkling White and Rosé to dry, crisp and fruity whites, elegant reds and even a White Port. Their Five Stones label is recognised for producing Australia’s finest Kosher and vegan-friendly wines.

Wine Tasting
The boutique Cellar Door is located just off Bussell Highway and open daily most days. Be sure to greet the doorman ‘Raff’, a Sable German Shephard. He especially loves visitors that throw a stick for him. Wines are very reasonably priced with generous case specials too. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm

Unique Highlights
Owner / Winemaker Bill’s other passion is photography and he has studied under renowned US photographers Fred Picker (Zone VI) and George de Wolfe. The cellar door doubles as a gallery showcasing Bill’s stunning images of the region in all its natural glory. A selection of old cameras and photographic equipment are exhibited too.

Below & Above Wines

Enjoy world-class Pinot and Chardonnay grown sustainably by this small-batch producer on their boutique, specialty vineyard in the heart of Pemberton’s pristine southern forest.

  • Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Pinot Noir,Merlot
  • Wine Region:Southern Forests

Details

  • Cases Produced:900
  • Winemaker:Bruce Dukes
  • Facilities:Cellar Door
  • Brands:Below and Above
  • Established:2013
  • Size & Year:Established 2011 - 2019

Description

Below and Above Wines are grown in the Thella Estate vineyard in Pemberton's southern forests.  The property has been a lucrative supplier of grapes to established WA vineyards since the 1990s.

Thella Estate was identified early by Western Australian viticulture pioneers as one of the best patches of dirt in the state for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir due to a complex and specific interaction of environmental conditions including: relatively cool climate; deep red, loamy, gravel soil; high rainfall and altitude (250 metres above sea level).

The Below and Above label began in 2013 as a small-batch wine made by renowned WA contract winemaker Bruce Dukes. Proprietors John and Evdokia Klepec have focussed their efforts on growing world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, working closely with Bruce Dukes to enhance their viticulture to produce superb fruit and exceptional wine.

The Wines

The specialty range of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Merlot that can be purchased online or at stockists throughout WA.

Bettenays Margaret River Wine & Nougat

The ultimate destination to indulge in medal-winning Margaret River wines and over 32 flavours of house-made nougat, in addition to WA’s only nougat flavoured liqueur collection.

  • Open Days/times:9:30am to 5:00pm, daily.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet,Chardonnay,Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Shiraz

Details

  • Brands:Bettenay
  • Cases Produced:5000 cases
  • Established:1989
  • Vineyards:25 acres
  • Winemaker:Greg Bettenay
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities,Dogs Welcome
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Types & Styles:Single Vineyard,Estate Grown,Traditional Method,Natural Wine,Basket Pressed
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes

Description

Located in the Wilyabrup area of Margaret River, Bettenay Wines specialises in two of life's delicacies; wine and nougat. The wines are made from their 25 acre vineyard which grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot and Shiraz. Varietal wines of these varieties are made along with a sweeter style white blend. All wines are made onsite. Unique to Bettenay Wines is their liqueur collection, particularly the Nougaretto collection which includes Honey and Almond Nougat Liqueur and Coffee and Almond Liqueur. An impressive 32 different nougat flavours are made at the estate. Wine & Nougat Tastings Indulge in the full range of fine wines, liqueurs and nougat at the Bettenay Wines tasting room. Modern and with a viewing room to see the nougat production in process, the inviting space is open daily, 9.30am – 5pm. Group tastings can be arranged in advance.

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,Rosé,Shiraz,Sparkling

Details

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

Blue Poles Vineyard

Two geologists scoured over 1000kms before planting their dream vineyard east of Margaret River, with a range including Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Shiraz and Italian varieties Fiano and Teroldego.

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

Details

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

Description

This winery takes its name from an iconic Australian painting, ‘Blue Poles: Number 11, 1952) by artist Jackson Pollock, who was known for paintings of grace, depth, wonder and awe. The Blue Poles painting was a watershed acquisition by the National Australian Gallery in the 1970s, representing a move toward from colonial ties to free thought and independence in Australia. Blue Poles vineyard aims to emulate these traits in its vineyard and wines.

The vineyard is a joint venture between two geologists, Mark Gifford and Tim Markwell, who committed to their business plan from a minesite donga in 2001. They inspected thousands of kilometres of land before settling on the property 15 kilometres east of the Margaret River township for its large pockets of iron-rich gravels over clay, slopes to the south-west and cool climate for the long ripening of fruit.

A total of 7 hectares have been planted at Blue Poles vineyard, with 6.3 hectares dedicated to Merlot, Shiraz Cabernet Franc and Viognier. The remainder is dedicated to small sections of various trial varieties.

The wine range includes a Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Shiraz and Italian varieties; Fiano and Teroldego. The flagship ‘Allouran’ is a Bordeaux-inspired blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and represents the owners’ core belief that location, soil, climate, passion and history can achieve special wines.

Brookland Valley Estate

Enjoy the regional wines of James Halliday’s Australian Winery of the Year (2009) at the cellar door and French-inspired fare at Flutes Restaurant, in idyllic surrounds beside the Wilyabrup Brook.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Sauvignon Blanc,Sparkling,Merlot,Semillon
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: 11am to 4pm

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Restaurant,Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

Description

Since 1984, Brookland Valley has been one of Margaret River’s most awarded wineries, reaching new levels of success when it was named ‘Winery of the Year’ by James Halliday’s Wine Companion in 2009.

Situated in a picturesque valley beside Wilyabrup Brook, Brookland Valley’s idyllic site is less than 2km from the Indian ocean and features a north-east facing, wind shielded microclimate which is planted to close-set, spur-pruned vines.

The Wines
Brookland Valley’s benchmark wine range focuses on classic grape varieties sourced entirely from Margaret River. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the focus, made in a minimal intervention winemaking style, making the terroir the focus throughout the portfolio of Reserve, Estate, Verse 1 and Small Batch labels.

Wine Tastings
With breathtaking views of the Wilyabrup Brook, the cellar door offers the full range of Brookland Valley wines for tasting and sale. It is also home to a fine gallery of wine and food related gifts and accessories, including a selection of fine glassware. 

The Food
Set in the natural surrounds of Brookland Valley Vineyard, Flutes Restaurant has earnt a reputation as one of the region's favourite premium, yet relaxed dining experiences. Executive Chef Francois Morvan brings an exotic mix of his French training plus a reverence for local seasonal produce to create an ever-changing menu.
Open 7 days a week from 11am for Morning Tea and 12pm for Lunch.?

Halliday Rating
Halliday 5 Red Star

Brown Hill Estate

Two-time West Australian ‘Small Producer of the Year’ with quaint cellar door and rustic jarrah tasting bench, where you can taste through our three ranges of wines inside our working winery.

  • Open Days/times:10am to 5pm daily.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Malbec,Merlot,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays
  • Established:1995
  • Vineyards:22 hectares
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Winemaker:Nathan Bailey, Angus Pattullo
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Wheelchair Access
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Small (5,000-49,999 cases)
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Types & Styles:Family Run,Single Vineyard,Hand Picked,Estate Grown

Description

Margaret River is home to many iconic Australian wineries, including Brown Hill Estate. Just a short 12 minute scenic drive south east of the town centre of Margaret River, you will discover the charming village of Rosa Brook and Brown Hill Estate’s cellar door. Brown Hill's cellar door sits at the heart of our boutique winery and is operated by friendly members of this family-owned business. Our knowledge of the Margaret River region, our wines and our vineyards is exceptional. The cellar door is located inside the winery, so visitors can observe the winemaking process as it happens throughout the year. Our wine tasting experiences takes visitors on a journey through Brown Hill Estate’s three ranges. We also offer a small winery tour of three award-winning family owned wineries for you to experience the different sub-regions of the Margaret River wine region. Be the personal guest of the vineyard owners on a unique private vineyard and winery tour of three single site estates, including Brown Hill Estate. We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to Brown Hill Estate, in Margaret River’s rustic Rosa Brook village. Halliday Rating 5 Black Stars

Byron & Harold

"One of Western Australia's most exciting new Wine producers" - Halliday

  • Open Days/times:No Cellar Door
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet,Cabernet Merlot,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Riesling

Details

  • Brands:Partners, The Protocol, The Companions, Chapter & Verse, Rags to Riches, Gravity, Rose & Thorns, First Mark, Hall mark, Wandering Lane, Wheelabout
  • Established:2012
  • Winemaker:Rory Parks
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door
  • Size & Year:Established 2011 - 2019
  • Great Southern:Albany,Frankland River
  • Margaret River:Yallingup,Wilyabrup,Wallcliffe

Description

Byron & Harold was established in 2012 by Paul Byron and Harold (Ralph) Dunning to produce a focused range of high quality, provenance based table wines for both the domestic and international markets. In only our second full year of winemaking, much respected wine reviewer James Halliday awarded Byron & Harold a ***** 5 Star Rating for 2015 and named us as one of his Top 10 New Wineries for 2015. Since then, Halliday renewed our status as a 5 Star winery for 2016, and upgraded our rating to a 5 Red Star winery for 2017 which we have still maintained in 2021.

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,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Holidays,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • 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

Cape Mentelle

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

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

Details

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

Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

Halliday Rating

2017 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay (97 Points)

2016 Cape Mentelle Two Vineyards Shiraz (97 Points)

2017 Cape Mentelle Zinfandel (95 Points)

Cape Naturaliste Vineyard

A boutique winemaker focused on bio-dynamic philosophies, located in a 19th century coach house that was originally an inn for horse and cart travellers between Perth and Margaret River.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:10:30am - 5pm Everyday
  • Wine Variety:Rosé,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Muscat,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz

Details

  • Margaret River:Yallingup
  • Established:1997
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome
  • Cases Produced:5000
  • Vineyards:10.7 hectares
  • Winemaker:Bruce Dukes, Craig Brent-White

Description

The historic property was originally a primary stop for travellers journeying between Perth and Margaret River on horse and buggy, a trip taking about three days. Some years later it became a dairy property. During this time whalers who moored their ships in the sheltered waters of Smith’s Beach would visit to purchase vegetables grown in the valley’s alluvial soils.

In 1970 the surrounding land was discovered to be rich in mineral sands and was purchased by a mining company. Prior to operations beginning, the government declared the land a national park, prohibiting any mining. In 1980 the property was purchased by winemaker Craig Brent-White. Vines were planted in 1997. 

THE WINES
The valley's rich variety of soil types and coastal aspect give the wines character and depth. This is accentuated by the bio-dynamic philosophies the vineyard follows to take advantage of the property’s soils, maritime location and abundance of clean ocean air from the Roaring Forties. (Strong westerly winds found in the Southern Hemisphere.)

The vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The red wines are made in a traditional style for age-ability. The wines have won many awards, with a highlight being the Torpedo Rocks Cabernet Merlot 2009 being named Best Red from a Single Vineyard at London’s International Wine & Spirits competition in 2011.

The Cellar Door is open daily.

 

Halliday Rating

4.5 Black Stars

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

Details

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

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

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
  • Lunch 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

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. 

Carpe Diem Vineyard

Taste handmade, hand-bottled Italian varietal wines at the winery-based tasting table with the Anderle family, who relocated from the Mediterranean in 2001 to pursue their dreams in Margaret River.

  • Open Days/times:Booking required.
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Dessert,Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Merlot,Pinot Gris,Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon,Shiraz,Vermentino

Details

  • Vineyards:12 hectares
  • Winemaker:Gianfranco Anderle
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Appointment Only
  • Brands:Carpe Diem Vineyards
  • Cases Produced:2500
  • Established:2003
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 2001 - 2010
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup

Description

Carpe Diem is the heart-warming winery of Gianfranco and Francesco Anderle, a delightful winemaking family who visited Margaret River in 2000, fell in love with the region and sold up their assets to chase their dreams with a 75 hectare property in Wilyabrup. Hence the name, Carpe Diem!

The Wines
Winemaker Gianfranco trained at the world’s oldest wine school in Europe, Conegliano in Northern Italy. He brings a strong European approach to his winemaking, every aspect of which he does in his custom-built winery, including hand-bottling his wines. Italian varieties are the focus such as pinot grigio, schiaffo, vermentino, nebiolo and decantato. 

Wine Tasting
Known for the beautiful Italian hospitality, Gianfranco and Francesca love meeting their guests and personally providing complimentary tastings of all the wines from their winery-based tasting table. Look out for a few small-batch special release wines are available exclusively at the cellar door from time to time.

Unique Highlights
Carpe Diem also makes a European style Olive Oil which sells out very quickly!

Chestnut Grove Wines

Taste highly acclaimed Pinot Noir, Verdelho, Merlot and more from a boutique Manjimup wineries that is reimagining cool-climate wines in WA from their modern cellar door.

  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Merlot,Chardonnay,Merlot,Pinot Noir,Verdelho,Sparkling,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Fortified,Rosé,Dessert
  • Open Days/times:Open Mon to Fri, weekends by appointment
  • Wine Region:Southern Forests

Details

  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Light Food
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • Cases Produced:15, 000
  • Vineyards:40 hectares
  • Winemaker:David Dowden
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000

Description

What began as a passion for wine in 1987 for Vic Kordic has blossomed into an impressive operation with an award-winning wine range. Sons Mark and Paul Kordic now head the vineyard and make cool climate estate-grown and bottled wines with elegant and unique character from their boutique operation.

The Wines

The wines have a great depth of flavour and texture born from sensitive winemaking and fermentation with natural yeast in the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, reflective of Manjimup’s ideal growing conditions. The award-winning range also includes Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and a Sparkling Merlot.

Cellar Door

The modern cellar door offers samples of Chestnut wines alongside their Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Verjuice from Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, and on weekends by appointment only.   

Churchview Estate

Planted with Margaret River’s most diverse range of grape varieties, discover this organic, single-vineyard’s classic and curio wines at its period cottage tasting room, with unique heritage views.

  • Wine Variety:Botrytis Riesling,Cabernet,Cabernet Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Chenin Blanc,Merlot,Petit Verdot,Tawny,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Verdelho,Viognier,Zinfandel,Sparkling,Rosé,Brut,Cabernet Malbec,Grenache,Malbec,Marsanne,Fortified,Merlot Blend,Dessert
  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Open Days/times:Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm

Details

  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Holidays
  • Established:1999
  • Facilities:Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities,Dogs Welcome,Wheelchair Access,Organic (Certified),Light Food
  • Margaret River:Treeton
  • Cases Produced:45000 cases
  • Vineyards:Single-vineyard with 56ha of vines.
  • Winemaker:Dave Longden
  • Size & Year:Established 1951 - 2000,Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases)
  • Brands:The Bartondale, St Johns, Estate Range, Silverleaf
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Types & Styles:Family Run,Organic,Estate Grown,Single Vineyard,Sustainably Produced
  • Lunch Open:Holidays,Saturday,Thursday,Friday,Monday,Wednesday,Tuesday

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 has completed 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 Many of the wines 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 5 Stars

Cowaramup Wines | Clown Fish

Situated on the gentle slopes of picturesque Ellensbrook, this family-owned vineyard thrives on biodynamic and organic viticulture to make its individual, site-expressive Clown Fish Wines.

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

Details

  • Brands:Clown Fish, New School, Cowaramup Wines
  • Cases Produced:4000 cases
  • Established:1995
  • Size & Year:Boutique (1,000-4,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000
  • Margaret River:Wallcliffe
  • Facilities:No Cellar Door,Appointment Only
  • Vineyards:17 hectares
  • Winemaker:Bruce Dukes

Description

Located on the upper reaches of Ellensbrook between Cowaramup and the coast is this family-run property, established by Russell and Marilyn Reynolds, with wines created by their sons Cameron (Viticulturist) and Anthony (Winemaker).

Since 2001 the vineyard has followed biodynamic and organic principles to maintain quality and unique personality within the wines. They follow the traditional belief that a vineyard should show the characteristics that come from the unique elements that make up the ‘terroir’ of the individual site and that biodynamics is the best approach through which to achieve this.

The Wines
The Clown Fish Wines are handcrafted from 100% estate grown fruit, sourced from the family vineyard. These site-expressive wines showcase the individuality of the vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with personality and regional flair.

Wine Tasting
No cellar door.

Halliday Rating
4/5 Black Stars

Cullen Wines

A Margaret River icon, known internationally for its exceptional wines, incl. world’s best chardonnay, leading biodynamic viticulture, homely cellar door & restaurant serving local organic produce.

  • Wine Region:Margaret River
  • Wine Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay,Petit Verdot,Sauvignon Blanc,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon,Cabernet Franc,Malbec,Merlot,Semillon
  • Open Days/times:Cellar door: daily 10am to 4:30pm, Restaurant: Fri to Tue 10am to 4pm

Details

  • Facilities:Functions,Kids Play Area,Restaurant,Cellar Door,Dogs Welcome,Organic (Certified)
  • Margaret River:Wilyabrup
  • Cellar Door Open:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch Open:Monday,Tuesday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Cases Produced:20 000
  • Vineyards:49 hectares
  • Size & Year:Small (5,000-49,999 cases),Established 1951 - 2000

Description

Cullen Wines was established by Diana and Kevin Cullen who began experimenting with viticulture in 1966 following various research reports that suggested Margaret River’s climate was similar to that of Bordeaux. Encouraging results led the pair to plant 18 acres of vines on their sheep and cattle farm in 1971 to establish Cullen Wines. Daughter Vanya became chief winemaker in 1989 and has earnt a reputation as one of Australia’s most awarded winemakers.

In 2005, the iconic Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot was awarded the top Langton’s Classification category of ‘Exceptional’, one of a handful of Australia’s best wines to hold this status. The Kevin John Chardonnay 2007 was awarded the World’s Best Chardonnay at the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards. Both wines have received a host of international awards, judged against the world’s best wines.

The Wines

The wines are estate-grown from Cullen Wines’ two A Grade Biodynamic (BFA) certified vineyards in Wilyabrup, Margaret River. The philosophy is to search for the best quality expression of the vineyard in the wine. Quality is paramount, and every winemaking step reflects Cullen Wines’ approach to do whatever it takes to make the most outstanding wines. Cabernet Sauvignon (and blends) and Chardonnay are the focus.

Wine Tasting

Cullen Wine’s harmonious stone and timber cellar door is open daily 10.30am to 4pm and offers complimentary tastings of current release wines. A selection of museum vintages can be purchased by the glass from the cellar door’s enomatic wine machine. Enthusiasts will love Cullen Wines tour, which teaches the principles of biodynamics in the vineyards and includes a visit to the historic vines and winery followed by a private wine tasting.

The Food

The award-winning Cullen restaurant overlooks their historic vineyard making a relaxing place for a glass of wine, lunch or a coffee. The menu incorporates only fresh, biodynamic and organic produce sourced from Cullen’s restaurant garden and selected local producers. For an extra treat, try Cullen’s Food & Wine experience, a five-course feast paired with wines.

Unique Highlights

The Cullen Wines homestead is set in peaceful vineyard surroundings for a rejuvenating getaway that supports the winery’s philosophy of living in harmony with nature. It was built in 1976 and is conveniently located within a short walking distance of the Cullen Wines’ tasting room and restaurant. Cullen Wines’ Biodynamic Spiral Garden is a unique self-guided tour experience that brings to life the fascinating biodynamic process employed throughout operations at Cullen.

Halliday Rating

5 Red Stars

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