On the secon day of my Margaret River Trip I went on a Wine and Food Tour with a top local operator among the Wine Tasting Tours of the region. For me it was a great opportunitiy learn about the Margaret River Wines that make the Margaret River famous worldwide.
This full day wine tasting tour included a visit to 5 different wineries. Let's take a look here below to each one.
I was really impressed of the distinctive character, style, setting and products that make the Margaret River wine experience so unique.
If you think seen one winery, you have seen them all, well think again.
Margaret River wineries have lots of surprises for you. They are all different from each other. In 5 hours we had different tutored wine tasting tours as well as the possibility of delving into Tony's first hand knowledge about the features and secrets that make of Margaret River a perfect location for growing and producing excellent wines. The 3 components are the rich gravel loamy soil, combined with the pure cool air of of the Indian Ocean as well as the ideal Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures throughout the year.
Wine tasting at Watershed – a modern and dynamic winery
We started our wine and food discovery tour from Watershed Winery. It’s a relatively new winery that started out in 2002. In a bit more than 10 years they have won several Gold Medals from the Wine Industry Awards. This modern winery is located 5km outside Margaret River and provides unique sensory wine and food experience.
There is a modern restaurant and a comfortable deck area from where you can enjoy a beautiful view over the vineyards and the water dam. This is the place for a daily visit, either lunch break or businees meeting. Watershed was my favourite winery to which I kept going back 3 times in a row. The restaurant and the cafè venues offer excellent food from a modern australian style menu. At Watershed winery we had a tutored wine tasting of their 3 wine ranges. Senses, Shades and Awakening. My picks Shades Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Awakening Chardonnay. The Senes Sangiovese it is also worth mentioning.
The second stop of the wine tasting tours at Leeuwin Winery
The Leewuin Winery is famous in the Margaret River region for their concert season. Every year in summer they hold this Australian famous pop music concert festival on the green courtyard adjacent to the forest. The scenery is truly spectacular so do the music performances as international pop and rock stars hit the stage at Leeuwin Winery.
Voyager Winery Estate – The most sophisticated winery
A visit to Voyager Winery Estate is absolutely a must. If you are on a tight schedule and can only see one or a few wineries in a day. They offer a 360° wine and culinary experience with various types of wine and food tours. On the main entrance there is a large gift ideas shop, where you can buy a wide range of delights, grown and produced onsite. The classic Dutch Style building is nestled in a huge estate with a wonderful garden home to a variety of flowers, plants and roses.
If you are visiting in spring, by walking through the garden you will be mesmerized by thousands of blossoming and colourful rose plants. We stayed at the Voyager Winery Estate for lunch and tasted their excellent food. I had fresh fish with locally grown vegetables and an excellent Voyager Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.
Wine and Food Tasting in Margaret River
In the afternon we visited 2 more wineries. Bettenay’s Winery which is a small winery famous for producing, next to premium wine, excellent French Style Nougat in a range of traditional flavours like cranbery & pistachio, Honey & Almond and new creations like Rum & Raisin and coffe & almond.
Adinfern Winery was the last winery from our wine tasting tour. They are known for producing intense red wines, desert wines, fortified wine and port wines. It was interesting to listen to the story of this family owned winery as they used to be in the sheep farming. Paintings hanging on the walls, signboards are still marking their farming traditions. At Adinfern you have the possibility of stay overnight in one of the 4 self contained rammed earth cottages.
Wine Tasting Mission Completed? The first half of our Wine Tour was completed. Yet there were more places to check out to bring our Wine and Food Tour to a close. We headed off to Olio Bello, a leading producer of local olive and oliv oil in various flavours and blends. A venison shop and a cheese factory. These places are small venues and pretty busy with tourists tasting and buying these local delicacies. If you are interested in dairy and meat products there are more venues in the region.
Last but not least we visited a chocoloate factory. This is the only local produce that is not entirely locally grown. As cocoa beans are not grown in Margaret River. There are a few chocolate factories in the region producing organic chocolate which is also worth tasting, if you like chocolate.
The Wine Tasting Tours along with the Food Tasting was very interesting and I must say it went beyond my expectations in terms of the quality, the variety of places as well as the educational information we gained about the region.
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