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 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 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 get an insight in 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 Western Australia.
Indulge in the culinary delights – Go on a food & 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.
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 and food testing. 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.
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 and Wine Tour, a Bike and Wine Tour or a self-guided wine tour, they are all great ways of discovering the Margaret River wineries and the rich food culture of South Western Australia, which makes of this region a jewel among the top 10 food regions in the world.
To learn more about my Discovery Tour of the Margaret River Region check out this other blog post.
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