Margaret River Wine Trail
A three-hour drive south from Perth, Margaret River boasts perfect barrels of water and wine, world-class surf, soaring forests and ancient caves
Margaret River is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blends, taking advantage of the region’s climate and good soil which help to confirm its reputation as one of the premium wine producing regions of the world. Margaret River is also celebrated as one of the world’s most conducive areas for producing Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends.
A relatively young wine region, it was ‘discovered’ in the mid 1960s by scientists Professor Harold Olmo and Dr John Gladstones who identified it as a potentially great grape growing region. The region’s first commercial vines were planted in 1967 by regional pioneer Dr Tom Cullity.
As well as its 155 wineries, Margaret River has a vibrant food scene with fine restaurants, boutique breweries, art galleries and fresh produce.
MORNING - VASSE FELIX
Start your day at Vasse Felix, Margaret River’s founding wine estate.
Vasse Felix produced Margaret River’s first Cabernet Sauvignon at the Estate in 1972 and the wines maintain a reputation as regional and national benchmarks.
Founder Dr Tom Cullity searched the region relentlessly for his first vineyard site, before selecting 8 acres in Wilyabrup, which today remains at the heart of the Vasse Felix Estate.
Vineyard expansions have been made with equal consideration and an unwavering commitment to Cullity’s simple founding aim; “to make the best possible wine.”
At 10am, immerse yourself in a guided winery tour that takes you behind the scenes on winemaking, sharing unique historical insights into the region and all facets of wine production at Vasse Felix.
Meet with the winemaker as you explore the winery and red barrel hall, before joining your host for a tasting of the Wine Collection.
Then step into the world of food and wine matching, where you’ll gain insights into Margaret River’s local produce, and the philosophies that guide the Vasse Felix Chefs in their creation of dishes to match with the region’s wines. Enjoy the ultimate treat of a five course tasting menu, paired with wines.
Finally select your choice of a bottle of Vasse Felix Premier wine to take away and share with your friends and family.
Experience the full diversity of the Margaret River Wine Region journeying along sections of the Cape to Cape track. We recommend the Gracetown Juniper loop. A beautiful section that highlights the stunning Margaret River coastline.
Enjoy dinner and bed at Cape Lodge, one of Australia’s finest vineyard lodges and a Luxury Lodge of Australia, sitting on its own vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River wine region.
5-hour Vasse Felix Epicurean - $275 per person*
Discover fascinating historical insights into Margaret River’s founding wine estate and wine production.
Experience VIP service at your private wine tasting.
Indulge in the local produce of the Margaret River region when you enter the world of food and wine over a five course tasting menu lunch with matching wines.
Morning - Leeuwin Estate
If you’re here on a Saturday morning sample the local produce at the Margaret River Farmers Markets or head for a walk through the spectacular Boranup karri forest and the Boranup Gallery.
Then it’s off to Leeuwin Estate, a family winery that celebrates fine wine, food and its long association with the arts, encompassed by the Leeuwin ‘Art Series’ wine labels.
Leeuwin released its first commercial vintage in 1979. It quickly attracted international attention when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1980 Art Series Chardonnay in a blind tasting. Leeuwin now exports to over 30 countries.
Wander through the estate’s art gallery to see the more than 100 paintings from Australia’s leading contemporary artists that have been commissioned to feature on the labels.
Special events are held throughout the year, including cooking classes, wine dinners and an annual alfresco summer concert series.
Undertake the 5 hour Ultimate Leeuwin Wine Blending & Dining Experience and enjoy a guided tour through the art gallery, a tutored wine tasting and red wine blending session, ending with a five course degustation lunch with perfectly matched Leeuwin Estate wines.
Spend the afternoon exploring one of the hundreds of caves in the area. Jewel Cave is the biggest show cave in WA and allows people to visit four chambers, and one of the longest straw stalactites found in any tourist cave in the world.
Margaret River is famous for its surf and hosts the international Margaret River Pro each year, bringing in the world’s best surfers to compete at Surfer’s Point. Hit the surf or enjoy a coastal walk.
AFTERNOON - VOYAGER ESTATE
In the late morning make your way to Voyager Estate, one of Australia’s most ambitious and innovative producers of world-class Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their wines are all Estate grown, and benefit from the unique qualities of their place in Stevens Valley, Margaret River, with its undulating slopes, warm summers, and cooling maritime breezes.
Inspired by the passion and exactitude of their founder, Michael Wright, they are focused on how they craft their place into wines of unique elegance and precision, constantly challenging themselves to push at the edges of their craft.
As a result, Voyager Estate offers some of Margaret River’s finest expressions of Chenin Blanc, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz, as well as an ever-evolving range of Project Wines exploring new clonal varieties, viticultural methods and wine-making techniques.
Enjoy exploring behind the scenes and in the vineyard before an indulgent long lunch with the Estate Tour & Discovery Menu.
In no hurry to rush back? The Margaret River Region hosts numerous world-class events across the year, including Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Jazz by the Bay, Cinefest film festival, Cape to Cape Mountain Bike Race, Augusta Adventure Race, Cabin Fever and more. For events listings, visit www.margaretriver.com.
5.5-hour Ultimate Leeuwin Wine Blending & Dining Experience - $699 per person*
Be welcomed with a glass of Leeuwin Estate Brut & fine canapés. Then learn about the collection of contemporary artworks that feature on the labels of Leeuwin Estate’s premium Art Series range, hosted by your private tutor.
Take part in a hands-on red wine blending session where you will blend your own Margaret River red wine.
A seated tutorial wine tasting of five Leeuwin Estate wines, each accompanied by perfectly matched food.
A special ‘Icons’ five course degustation menu will then await you in the award winning restaurant.
4-hour Estate Tour & Discovery Menu - $210 per person*
Enjoy the full Voyager Estate experience, from vine to wine, and garden to table.
Discover the vineyards - the lifeblood of the Estate - see the winery barrel hall where you can taste wine from the barrel, and kitchen garden.
Finish the Estate tour with a guided tasting of Voyager Estate wines.
Experience a journey of the senses with the wine-paired seven-course Discovery Menu.