The Margaret River Wine Region is one of the dream destinations of any wine enthusiast. Situated on Western Australia, just hours from Perth, this wine region is relatively young.
It was only 45 years ago that the first grape vines were planted here. However, this did not stop the region from quickly becoming recognized as not only one of Australia’s but also the world’s great wine regions. The region also features a sweeping landscape of farmlands, forests, vineyards and beaches. Margaret River has also mastered gourmet cooking as a complement to its wine-making prowess. All these elements make up for an amazing wine tasting vacation in the region.
From Perth, you can drive to Margaret River Wine Region for a couple of hours. The region is compact, making it quite easy explore. The major towns in the area are Busselton and Augusta. Accommodation in the region is abundant and varied. You can stay in bungalows, eco-resorts or motels. There is also the option to experience the hospitality and comfort of boutique hotels.
Within the region, you will find amazing fruit flavored wines particularly chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, Shiraz and Sémillon blancs, that come with so much character and complexity. The Margaret River region consists mostly of small boutique wine producers, which will make your wine-tasting holiday quite distinct from others. While, there are larger wineries out there, they typically maintain an intimate appeal to their cellar doors for visitors.
Before hitting the road for a wonderful wine tasting experience, you may first want to visit the Wine Tourism Showroom at the Margaret River Visitor Center. The showroom features various wine making equipment, products and related items, as well as, an interactive wine aromas seminar. Another interesting activity within the Margaret River wine district is a wine appreciation course, which will help you learn how to properly judge a wine, and compare tastes. This new knowledge will really come in handy once you go for your wine tasting escapade across the region.
There are more than 150 wine producers in the region. Some of the notable wine estates in the region include the Leeuwin Estate Winery, Oceans Wine Company, Adinfern estate, Victory Point Wines, and Ashbrook Estate. Because of the wide array of choices, a winery tour comes highly recommended when visiting Margaret River. Fortunately, there are several companies that offer guided winery tours, which follow varying themes. Some of them are casual, and allow you to make your own itinerary, while the others follow a classier and more sophisticated style.
Aside from showing visitors their cellar doors, some wineries and estates also feature restaurants, market gardens, galleries, shops and exquisite building architecture. A number of organized tours not only bring you to the finest vineyards and estates, they will also show you to the best gourmet restaurants, whose dishes perfectly compliment a particular wine. Wine tours can just last half day, or you can spend a couple of days visiting the wineries in different parts of the region.
A few of the touring companies that operate in the region include the Margaret River Taxi Tours, The Chauffeur Bus, Margaret River with Neil McLeod, Cape Mentelle Vineyard Tours and Margaret River Vintage Wine Tours, Top Drop Tours and Voyager Estate Tours.