Known as the world’s most isolated wine regions, Margaret River’s wineries in Western Australia are the perfect destination for any wine lover to escape to. Located three hours south of Perth or a quick five-hour flight from Sydney, Margaret River is home to some of Australia’s dreamiest beaches, delicious food and spectacular vineyards producing top-class Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
With over 200 wineries to sip and savour the flavours of this well-known wine region, we’ve narrowed down the top seven best wineries in Margaret River that need to be added to any wine lovers bucket list.
1. Vasse Felix
Our first stop on our epic wine adventure in Western Australia is to Vasse Felix, one of the first Margaret River wineries to be established. Founded in 1967 by Doctor Tom Cullity, Vasse Felix is an award-winning winery and home to four distinct vineyards around the region that produce delicious varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend wines.
Vasse Felix offers a range of experiences to satisfy all guests needs. From behind-the-scenes tours, seated tastings at their cellar door, wine by the glass in their wine lounge or lunch at one of Australia’s most acclaimed restaurants featuring their modern menu with regional produce served with a wine-focused style, visitors from all around the world are in for a treat.
2. Voyager Estate
Indulge and take in the stunning sights of the gorgeous Margaret River at the family owned Voyager Estate. Home to Australia’s largest underground barrel cellar, wine is at the centre of everything Voyager Estates does. Join an expert sommelier and learn more about their 100% organically farmed vineyard-to-table way of life during a fun and interactive experience followed by a delicious feast.
3. Cape Mentelle
A Margaret River winery tour wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the one and only Cape Mentelle. Established in 1970, Cape Mentelle is named as one of the ‘founding five’ Margaret River wineries and is known for its iconic Cabernet Sauvignon, also regarded as one of Australia’s leading cabernets. Wine lovers are in for a treat and will hear from the experts on how to grow and produce award-winning flavours.
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4. Stella Bella Wines
Another top-rated Margaret River winery is Stella Bella Wines. Located on the stunning surrounds of Southern Margaret River in Karridale, this is the perfect boutique winery to learn more about the diverse portfolios of hand-crafted wines and enjoy the beautiful vineyards in all its glory at sunset.
5. Hay Shed Hill Winery
Hay Shed Hill Winery is the perfect stop on your Margaret River wineries adventure! Set amongst the vineyards of the Wilyabrup Valley, the heart of Margaret River wine region, you’ll have the chance to join a local food and wine expert for an intimate guided tour through Hay Shed Hill Winery.
When travelling with Trafalgar, guests will also enjoy a delicious 7-course degustation lunch served with all the fixings. Paired with premium wines, this is an incredible experience any wine lover should not miss.
6. Cullen Wines
Another must-see Margaret River vineyard that you should have on your list is Cullen Wines. Located in Wilabrup, Cullen Wines has been producing quality wines made sustainably since 1971 by Kevin and Diana Cullen. Cullen Wines is a certified organic and biodynamic winery operating since 2005 and has been a certified carbon neutral business since 2006.
Over 20,000 cases of wine are produced of each vintage from the 45 hectares of vineyards. Not a wine lover? No problem! Cullen Restaurant overlooks the mesmerizing Wilyabrup in Margaret River and is the perfect location to enjoy a cup of coffee or locally sourced lunch, too. What the team at Cullen Restaurant doesn’t grow on-site, they source from producers with similar sustainable goals and production methods.
7. McHenry Hohnen Cellar Door
At McHenry Hohnen Cellar Door, guests will learn about the 100% biodynamic methods and practices which are used to create the best quality grapes and wines. Founded by Murray McHenry, in 2004, this newer Margaret River winery is located on the rolling hills of Cape Leeuwin and truly captures the flavours of the land in every bottle.
Have you visited any Margaret River wineries before? Where was your favourite? let us know in the comments…