We’re smack bang in the middle of the wine harvesting season, and you know what that means…it’s time to brush up on our viticulture knowledge and please our palates with the delights of our local wineries.
We’re lucky to be spoilt for choice with the number of wineries in WA, here’s a snapshot of what just a few of them have to offer.
Xanadu wines is certainly growing old gracefully, having been around since 1977 and classing itself as “one of the pioneering wineries of the region.” Boasting a collection of award-winning wines and a restaurant featuring an impressive menu of European dishes, Xanadu is definitely worth a visit.
Are you a Chardonnay fan? Take a look through the cellar door window for a spectacular view of the Lagan Chardonnay block, home to some of the oldest vines in the region. Just a 5-minute drive from Margaret River, Xanadu is a convenient place to fritter the day away with a wine tasting package or vineyard tour.
If you really love your wine, why not join the Xanadu wine club? Be the first to try their new releases, get access to special masterclasses and tastings and enjoy lunches with the winemakers. Now that’s our kind of club!
Wise wine made a smart move when settling in this idyllic hilltop location. Nestled in the bushland with ocean views of Eagle Bay, it’s the perfect venue to kick back and enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple.
This unpretentious family owned boutique believes wine should be enjoyed by all. They are confident that their extensive variety of wines cater to everyone, regardless of budget or taste.
For those that may have a particularly large appetite for the grape, have no fear. Wise wines provide accommodation in the form of ‘The Barn,’ a rustic wine chalet nestled in the old growth red gum grove, right there in the vineyard! Alternatively, if you buy enough wine you get a free stay – even more reason to work your way through their range of 20 sparkling, white, red, dessert and fortified wines.
It’s hard to miss this magnificent estate, not only due to it’s sheer size but also through the large Australian flag that welcomes visitors through it’s regal gates.
Some may visit just for the utter beauty of the voyager’s setting: reflection ponds; expansive manicured lawns that are home to a 1000 roses; and don’t miss the werf gardens (traditional Cape Dutch walled gardens to the rest of us). And as you wander through the gardens, it’s interesting to know that you’re actually walking over Australia’s largest underground barrel cellar.
It may come as a surprise for such a large estate, but their core focus is only on 6 wines, “selecting only the varieties that consistently bring out the best in our site.” The ‘Estate range’ includes the Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Chenin Blanc and Girt by Sea Cabernet Merlot. However, for the thirsty ones there are a wide variety of other wines available to taste.
After sampling, take a voyage of discovery at the restaurant, and don’t forget to check out the quaint kitchen garden from where some of your lunch will be growing…
With Ingredients sourced from local food producers and regularly featuring WA specialties like Pemberton Marron, Margaret River venison and Mount Barker free range chicken, you’ll be feeling proud to be West Australian.
There’s usually a story behind every winery, Capel Vale being no exception – ducks! When Capel Vale vines were originally planted, the mountain ducks of Capel vale river surrounded the team as they worked. The banks of the river remained untouched to allow the ducks to live in harmony among the grapes and can still be seen waddling among the vines today.
Do you ever come unstuck when deciding what wine to choose for your food? The folks at Capel Vale have it covered with their genius restaurant ‘Match.’ The menu features match plates which pair the dish to one of their award winning wines – gone are those awkward moments when you have to pretend to be the wine connoisseur you like to believe you are! Located between Bunbury and Busselton, this little gem is worth a trip.
Set in the Perth hills, this popular wedding venue and tripadvisor favorite receives raving reviews about it’s award-winning food, exceptional service and beautiful environment.
Want to dine al fresco? No problem, Clairault provide picnic rugs so that you can take your party outside and dine among the vines. “Great produce served simply” is the food philosophy for Clairault wines, where the food offering never stays the same. The blackboard menu changes regularly depending on the season, with the team choosing locally sourced produce from boutique producers. Typically, you can expect a variety of gourmet boards, cheeses and desserts – the perfect way to round off an afternoon of premium wine tasting.
Just 10 minutes’ drive south of Dunsborough, Clairault is worth a visit – if only to meet Frankie Sunshine, the Cellar club manager’s new wine puppy!
Stringy bark winery
Full English breakfasts, all you can eat pasta, live music and award winning wine – what else do you need? Stringybark winery and restaurant offers a homely vibe with a rustic feel, and only an hour’s drive down the road from Perth.
Feeling cultural? Situated in the Wilyabrup ‘sub-region’ of Margaret River, Vasse Felix offers a sophisticated wining and dining experience. The estate focuses on the regional strengths of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, along with Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends and Shiraz. The winemakers encourage you to taste your way through all Vasse Felix wines at the cellar door (we don’t need to be asked twice). Then If you feel in need of some viticulture education, take your place on ‘The original tour’ before browsing the Vasse Felix art gallery.
If all this culture is tiring you out, sit back and relax in the wine lounge and soak up the beautiful vineyard view. If a full restaurant meal feels like hard work, satisfy your taste buds with some deli-inspired snacks to complement your glass of wine.
That’s just a snapshot to get you started, there’s plenty more to discover. For more information check out this useful website featuring all things WA wine.