Margaret River is a small town south of Perth known for its stunning surf beaches and coastal landscapes, trendy boutiques, craft breweries, and artisan food producers. The Margaret River region however is known most famously for one thing – wine! Margaret River wine tours take visitors to wineries and cellar doors, restaurants, and cafes, local food growers and producers, gin distilleries, and even a chocolate factory.
The region is mostly comprised of boutique wineries that crush about 3.5 tonnes per year with the larger wine producers crushing around 2,500 tonnes. The climate of Margaret River is similar to Bordeaux in France, a wine-producing capital of the world. Although the Margaret River region produces just three percent of the total Australian wine grape production, it’s responsible for over 25 percent of our premium wine market.
Head way out West and discover the beauty of WA’s wildflowers, natural formations and historic attractions. Flights take you in to Perth for 2 night stay with coach touring which includes visits to Geraldton, Dalwallinu, Hyden, Albany, Pemberton, Margaret River and Busselton. Cruise the Donnelly River, marvel at The Pinnacles and Wave Rock, enjoy the delights of Rottnest Island and be mesmerised by dreamtime legends in the Ngilgi Caves.
The first vines were planted in Margaret River by Dr Tom Cullity in 1967, his vineyard Vasse Felix producing the region's first cabernet sauvignon in 1972. Soon others realised the area had the perfect environment and Mediterranean climate for grape growing and more vineyards were planted.
The region now produces wines of a world class standard with two varieties – cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay – putting Margaret River on the map of wine connoisseurs and those who just appreciate a good drop. A core focus for many of the region’s wineries is sustainability and innovation with many specialising in organic, biodynamic, and natural winemaking.
An impressive 65 of Margaret River’s over 90 cellar doors are rated Halliday five-star wineries and are some of the best wineries in the country. Margaret River wine tours take visitors to meet the makers and take a behind the barrel look at what goes into creating an award-winning wine.
The Margaret River region offers an amazing variety of attractions. Busselton is known as the gateway to the Margaret River wine region. This much-loved holiday destination features an impressive 19th-century 1.841-kilometre-long jetty stretching out over the calm waters of Geographe Bay.
The Cape Naturaliste lighthouse was built in 1903 and sits on a 100-metre bluff offering exquisite views over Geographe Bay. The lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin, the most south-westerly point of Australia was constructed from local limestone in 1895 and is the tallest on Australia’s mainland.
Tuart Forest National Park is home to the largest remaining section of pure Tuart Forest in the world. These majestic trees are between 300 and 400 years old with a girth of up to 10 metres. Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park has walking trails leading from tall forests to the coast with striking cliffs and hundreds of limestone caves containing 35,000-year-old fossils.
Margaret River has 5,840 hectares under vine and over 200 vineyards producing more than 25% of Australia's premium wine. Margaret River wine tours take visitors on a relaxing journey to some of the 90 cellar doors of this young, unique, and vibrant wine district.
In Margaret River, the main grape varieties are a 40/60 split between red and white featuring Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Shiraz, Merlot, and Chenin Blanc.
The region has the perfect geography and Mediterranean climate for producing remarkable cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay varieties. Cabernet is the leading wine of Margaret River and one taste at the cellar door will prove why.
Vasse Felix is Margaret River's Founding Winery. The planting began at Vasse Felix in 1967 and marked the start of what has developed into an exciting wine region. Vineyards that followed closely behind were Moss Wood in 1969, Cape Mentelle in 1970, Cullen in 1971, Sandalford in 1972 and Leeuwin Estate, Woodlands, and Wrights in 1973.
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