Margaret River Wine Tours
The Margaret River is the quiet achiever of Australia’s wine scene, slowly building a reputation over the last decade as an outstanding producer of local wine.
Tourists may visit for the wine, but they often stay a little longer for the picturesque scenery and gourmet restaurants.
Margaret River Wines
Margaret River enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with dry hot summers and cool wet winters. This is ideal for a diverse range of wines, but the region’s specialty is the earthy cabernet sauvignon. Margaret River shirazes, verdelhos, and sauvignon blancs are also amongst Australia’s finest.
Margaret River Wineries
Since its first vines were planted some 40 years ago, the Margaret River wine region has grown to support more than 200 vineyards. The region’s winegrowers push the boundaries of wine making by using a range of innovative techniques and ingredients.
Miamup Road, Cowaramup
The Madfish Winery is set atop a hill, allowing visitors to enjoy beautiful views of the vineyard below as they taste the winery’s delicious drops. The cellar door offers tastings of Madfish and Howard Park varieties. Travelers are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to soak up the winery’s gorgeous parklands.
Amberley Estate Winery
Corner of Wildwood and Thornton Roads, Yallingup
Amberley Estate is one of the most popular wineries in the Margaret River region. It’s famous for its chenin blanc, which traditionally sells out every year before the next vintage is released. The winery also offers award-winning shirazes, semillons, and cabernet varieties at its busy cellar door.
Stevens Road, Margaret River
Leeuwin Wines are exported to more than 30 countries around the world. Whether you’re familiar with their range or not, a trip to Leeuwin’s cellar door is an experience not to be missed. There’s more than your standard tasting sessions, with daily behind-the-scenes tours of the winery, an award-winning restaurant, and an art gallery showcasing more than 100 works from leading Australian artists.
Getting Around the Margaret River Area
Margaret River is located in the southwest region of Western Australia, almost 300 kilometers from the state’s capital, Perth.
The quickest way to get there is to drive along the Kwinana Freeway, and then take the Old Coast Road, followed by the Bussell Highway. This route is clearly signposted and takes around three hours.
Alternatively, tourists could drive down the South Western Highway. This route takes a little longer to reach the Margaret River, but the scenery along the way is so beautiful it’s worth it if you have the time to spare.
Buses travel from Perth to Margaret River daily for tourists without access to a car. Southwest Coachlines runs a service seven days a week from the Mounts Bay bus terminal in Perth to the Charles West Avenue bus station in the Margaret River. One-way tickets cost $31 for adults, $21.70 for seniors, and $15.50 for students.
The Margaret River is the most isolated of Australia’s wine regions, so it stands to reason that there is plenty of accommodation on offer to suit all budgets and tastes.
Cowaramup offers the type of friendly service and colorful characters you’d expect from a small town. Taunton Farm Caravan Park is ideal for budget travelers, while The Tasty Olive Bed and Breakfast pampers visitors with an olive platter on arrival.
Gracetown and Augusta are beachside suburbs, offering sun, surf, and wine. Augusta Views and Gracetown Chalets will help you take advantage of the water views.
Margaret River Wine Events
May – The Margaret River Wine Region Festival brings together the area’s premium wines, gourmet foods, and arts and crafts.
November – The Margaret River Wine Festival is held over four days each year and draws visitors from Australia and abroad. More than 30 vineyards take part in the festival, and local chefs work hard to produce gourmet dishes to pair with the wines on show.