Margaret River: A Foodie’s Paradise

Know your wine? Then you probably know Margaret River wine. This region in Western Australia’s far south-west is world-renowned for its high quality cabernet sauvignon, merlot, semillon and sauvignon blanc – which you’ll see on restaurant menus not only up and down the state but across Australia and overseas as well.

The best place to see – and taste –is of course in the verdant cape these wines comes from. Around the town of Margaret River there are more than 200 producers, from the big hitters to the boutique.

As is so often the case, where there is great wine there is great food. It is not only grapes that grow well in this Mediterranean-style climate with its rich fertile soils. Open up this extraordinary natural larder and you’ll find locally-reared venison and goat, sourdough from nearby Yallingup and organic olive oil, produced in the olive groves around Cowaramup.

Stop off for artisan cheeses at The Old Cheddar Cheese Company and stock up with handmade treats at the Margaret River Chocolate Company.

The Great Southern Region

The Great Southern Region

There’s even more to discover in the emerging food and wine region of Great Southern. For foodies the highlight might just be Manjimup, where the hazelnut and oak forest harbours rich black truffles beneath the soil, dug up by keen-nosed dogs during the May to August truffle season.

Inland at Mount Barker, wine-lovers will find yet more to get excited about, with a range of up-and-coming wineries making good use of the Bordeaux-like conditions to produce riesling, shiraz, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon.

The best way to taste all that Western Australia has to offer is to tour the state yourself, visiting vineyards and calling in to food producers. To be taken straight to the edited highlights, join one of the numerous bus and bike tours from Margaret River or simply follow your own nose. Here are five wineries not to miss:

5 Margaret River Wineries Not To Miss

5 Margaret River Wineries Not To Miss

Leeuwin Estate – Leeuwin Estate is one of Margaret River’s oldest – and biggest – names and is the perfect place to start your wine tour. There’s extensive free tasting at the classy cellar door and don’t forget to try the spicy, swaggering Art Series Shiraz. It also hosts regular outdoor concerts (check the website for what’s on).

Vasse Felix – This is Margaret River’s oldest winery. Established in 1967, it focuses on the classics; chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and what the region is known best for, its SBS (sauvignon blanc semillon). Despite the pedigree, there’s no pomp at the cellar door, just friendly staff keen to offer complimentary tastings.

Voyager Estate – You’ll notice the vast Aussie flag first, but it could never overshadow the wines, a top-quality selection of only the best Margaret River varieties. The Estate range is the focus, with six wines including an excellent chardonnay aged in French oak. Tastings allow just four complimentary samples; make this one of them.

Wills Domain – Family-owned and operated, Wills Domain is one of Margaret River’s friendliest cellar doors, making it the perfect place for a thoroughly laidback tasting. You’ll find the usual high standard SBS and cabernet sauvignon as well as one of WA’s best rosés, sipped looking out over the vineyard through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Watershed – Even the entry-level wines are high quality at Watershed, which has a reputation for over-delivering – and winning plenty of awards. Don’t miss the Senses (mid-range) shiraz and Awakenings (top range) cabernet sauvignon when you call in for a tasting.

 

For more culinary adventures in WA visit www.westernaustralia.com/gourmet

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