Western Australia’s reputation for wine is based mainly on the cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay grown in Margaret River region. Here’s how to taste the best of its vintages, plus where to stay and eat
Although winemaking in the Swan valley, just outside Perth, has been established for 180 years, Western Australia is becoming better known for the newer Margaret River wine region, named after the town at its heart. Here, in just a few generations, a reputation for cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay has been established from the fertile soil of this 100km strip between Cape Leeuwin to the south and Cape Naturaliste to the north, which is just over three hours’ drive from Perth. Buffered by pristine Indian Ocean coast from cape to cape, the region is as popular with surfers as it is with oenophiles.
You’ll find over 150 wineries – ranging from the grand estates such as Leeuwin and Voyager, with their fine dining, well-tuned cellar door service, art galleries and summer concerts – to smaller operations where the cellar door is staffed by those who are hands-on during vintage. It may even be their name above the door.