Margaret River Wineries
rockytravel | July 24, 2013 |
A Tour to the Margaret River Wineries
Margaret River Wineries can be regarded as the true
flagship for the region. Thanks to its pristine
environment and mediterranean climate Margaret
River has become a world’s known area for
producing distinctive premium wines. The Margaret
River Wineries in fact produce 25% of all australian
premium wines in an magnificient area with perfect
growing conditons for wine. Situated between Cape
Naturaliste on the north, the region extends over
140km south to Cape Leeuwin, near Augusta.
Margaret River Wineries Facts
Many Margaret River Wineries are dedicated to producing preservative free wine and there
are also a few wineries specialized on organic
and biodynamic wine making which makes
Margaret River very proud of.
Margaret River Wineries are the focal point for
indulging in a culinary experience. Many
wineries boast excellent restaurants offering
the best of fresh local produce.Asparagus,
vegetables, organic avocados, strawberry and
kirsch jam, macademia nuts, dukkah, sheep’s
cheese, olives and oliv oil, venison, chorizo,
ostrich, truffles, fish just to name a few.
Margaret River Wineries are known for their Chardonnay Wine and Cabernet Sauvignon.
But there are many more excellent wine varietals that you can try like Shiraz, Semillon Blanc.
After the first commercial vineyard started its production at Vasse Felix Winery in 1967 the
number of wineries has grown to over 160 within 45 years.
Most wineries offer wine and food tours including wine testing and the possibility of taking
a glimpse behind the scenes, by vsiting the vineyards and meeting the winemakers. This is a
great educational way to learn about wine growing and wine making in the region.
On my recent visit to Margaret River I had the pleasure to visit 10 different Margaret River wineries
in 3 days. I went on a Margaret River Discovery Tour with lunch in the vineyards. On my second
day I went on a All Day Winery And Food Trail and last but not least I explored Margaret River and
4 wineries by bike. It has been an amazing experience that gave me a 360° perspective of the
Margaret River Region. I could understand how the local growers, the viticulturists, the
winemakers and the farmers and tours companies synergically work together.
Tips for visiting the Margaret River Wineries
Margaret River is a wonderful region to explore that I can highly recommend to all passionate
foodie. But with over 160 wineries located in an area of 140km it is not easy to know where to
start from. To make it easier I give you my tips for a great food and wine experience in South
Indulge in the culinary delights – Go on a Margaret River Food and Wine Tour
A great way of learning about the Margaret River wines is to go on a guided Wine Tour. If you
want to learn about the winemaking process from vite to wine this is a very relaxed way of doing
it. The local guide will provide you with the insight, the knowledge and the passion about the
region and the wine making process. I was impressed of how much I could learn within a day. From
how vines are grown to how wines are produced. On this page you can read more about my All
Day Winery and Food Trail Tour.
Get active – Hop on a Bike for a Cycle Winery Tour
Another great way of learning about the Margaret River wineries is to actively explore the region
by biking through its wonderful landscape. If you do not fancy sitting in a coach travelling from
one winery to the next this is an excellent way of combining physical exercise with wine testing.
On my third day I went on a Bike and Wine Tour. I really enjoyed this tour, it was great fun biking
around Margaret River beautiful hills. Definitely a different and more engaging way of exploring
the winery scenery in Margaret River. You can read about my Sip & Cycle Tour here.
Do it yourself – Go on a self-guided Margaret River Wineries Tour
The “do- it-yourself” option is the best way of exploring the wine region if you do not like tours. In
this case you need your own car or to hire a car locally to get around. Or better hire a driver if you
plan to drink. The Augusta and Margaret River Tourist Office is a great place that will provide you
with all necessary information to get started. First of all you can get a complete Margaret River
Wineries list along with a beautiful map of the territory. You can get details about the type and
features of each winery so that you can choose which ones you want to visit.
Either on a guided Food & Wine Tour, a Bike & Wine Tour or a self-guided wine tour, they are all
great ways of discovering the Margaret River wineries and the rich food culture which makes of
this region a jewel among the Top 10 regions to visit in the world.
To learn more about my Discovery Tour of the Margaret River Region check out this other blog
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