Margaret River is undeniably one of the world’s premier wine regions, with more five-star rated wineries than any other appellation in Australia. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay take centre stage as local favourites, but the Margaret River region offers an enticing array of other grape varietals vying for your attention.
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply looking for a scenic and culinary adventure, a visit to these wineries will provide you with a better understanding of the terroir and tastes that make this slice of vino paradise world-renowned.
Vasse Felix holds the distinction of being the region’s founding winery, established in 1967. The estate is known for producing some of Australia’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Semillon. Visitors can explore the art gallery, dine at the award-winning restaurant, and indulge in a wine-tasting experience that provides insight into the history of the region.
Cullen Wines stands out for more than its award-winning wines. This Margaret River winery offers unique experiences that celebrate the region’s beauty, pay homage to the Wadandi people’s heritage, and emphasise sustainability. Notably, the private Seated Tasting Experience at the Wannang Storytelling Table, set amidst a fallen estate peppermint tree, offers an intimate outdoor tasting for groups of four to six, enhancing any visit to Cullen’s biodynamic, carbon-positive wine room.
The winery’s Art Series Chardonnay is considered one of Australia’s greatest white wines. Besides wine tastings, the estate gained notoriety for its Art Series wine labels, featuring artwork from renowned Australian artists such as John Olsen and Sidney Nolan. Visitors can wander around the art gallery showcasing contemporary Australian art. There’s also a restaurant serving up equally artful plates of hyperlocal produce.
This architectural gem, sandwiched in lush vineyards, is celebrated for its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Wine tastings here are a refined experience, complemented by local cheeses and artisanal offerings. The winery’s rose gardens and Cape Dutch-style architecture provide a visual delight. For an exclusive wine adventure, explore behind the scenes with barrel tastings, a visit to Australia’s largest underground barrel cellar, and a private tasting. Additionally, book a table at the restaurant for a six-course, wine-paired lunch celebrating Voyager’s rich history.
Walsh & Sons is the new kid on the block, bringing a fresh approach to winemaking. Offering small-batch, minimal intervention wines, this rustic, dog-friendly indoor-outdoor space stands out for its warm and unpretentious digs. Operators Ryan Walsh and Freya Hohnen provide friendly service as you sample five wines from their two estates or enjoy a glass (or bottle) on the patio. Beyond wine, the venue boasts a family-run butchery and smokehouse known as The Farm House, where you can pick up house-made smallgoods or grazing boxes.
Wills Domain has one of Margaret River’s most impressive dining experiences. Set on 60 hectares, this winery ushers you to unwind and soak in the stunning surroundings. Guests can choose from a la carte dining or reserve a tasting menu in the private dining area. For a more relaxed option, graze on a cheese platter or charcuterie board at the cellar door, accompanied by your favourite Wills Domain wine.