One of the leading regions of the Australian wine world, Margaret River is a holiday haven for wine lovers.
Today I am sharing an introduction to seven of the top Margaret River wineries, so you know exactly where to go and what to drink while you’re there.
If you’re looking for the perfect accommodation for your Margaret River holiday scroll to the bottom of the page for recommendations.
Cape Mentelle Vineyards Margaret River
One of the first vineyards of the Margaret River region, Cape Mentelle has been winning national and international awards since established in 1970 by the Hohen brothers.
The winery largely credits the location, soils and winemaking expertise for its continued success.
Today’s winemaking team is now headed up by the creative Robert Mann, who continues to push the boundaries in moving the business forward.
Try the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is considered an example of what Aussie cabernet sauvignon should be.
Arlewood Estate Winery Margaret River
Another one of the region’s first wineries, Arlewood Estate is a medium-sized operation of 90 hectares.
With a simple philosophy in regards to business and winemaking, the company prides itself on having a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Two of their top drops include the 2007 cabernet sauvignon and the 2009 La Bratta Rosso.
Clairault Winery Margaret River
A premium winery with over 300 hectares of vineyards, Clairault was established in 1976. The age of the vines and the quality of the soils has resulted in a strong portfolio of award-winning wines.
The Cellar Door property set upon beautiful bushland, so park up with your favourite drop at their on-site café.
Regarding recommendations, their hand-harvested mid-tier label, Clairault Estate, is particularly noteworthy.
Brookland Valley Winery Margaret River
A winery with a vast resume of accolades and awards, Brookland Valley, is one of the best Margaret River has to offer.
In 2009, it was named “Winery of the Year” in the annual James Halliday Australia Wine Companion and had been called a front-runner in recent editions.
If you have time, stop for lunch at the winery’s beautiful Flute restaurant and sample the “Flutes Trio” consisting of three kinds of fish (Pemberton marron, Tassie salmon, and Cook Bay barramundi) served with a goat cheese and macadamia crumble. Delicious!
Voyager Estate Vineyard Margaret River
Michael Wright established Voyager Estate’s vineyards in 1978. Although he passed away in 2012, his daughter continues to manage the operation and remains true to Michael’s philosophy that wine is only as good as the conditions its grapes are grown in.
Because of this, there is a strong emphasis on viticulture. If you get the chance, try one of the wines from their premium label, Tom Price.
Vasse Felix Vinyard Margaret River Western Australia
Owning the title of being the first vineyard and winery established in Margaret River, Vasse Felix will not compromise on their wine’s quality for any amount of money.
It is this mentality that has guaranteed their international success.
Their numerous accolades include being named as a “Top 100 International Winery” in 2012 by Wine & Spirits USA, alongside head winemaker Virginia Willcock earning the title of “Australian Winemaker of the Year” in 2012 from Gourmet Traveller WINE.
Vasse Felix’s renowned Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc wines are exported to over 25 different countries.
Leeuwin Estate Margaret River W.A.
One of the biggest brand names in the Margaret River region James Halliday once described Leeuwin Estate’s Art Series Chardonnay as being “Australia’s finest example” of Chardonnay.
A great example of new-world wines, Leeuwin boasts one of the most modern wineries in Margaret River, equipped with the latest in wine-making technology.
The winery is still owned by its founders, Denis and Tricia Horgan, with their son Justin taking care of day-to-day operations.
As well as the Chardonnay, make some time for the cabernet sauvignon!
Accommodation in Margaret River Western Australia
When looking on Booking.com for a deal we found well over 200 different types of accommodation to suit everyone.
Types of Accommodation in Margaret River Include:
- Bed and Breakfasts one of the top picks is The Heritage Trail Lodge a 4 star B&B rated “Superb” by guests
- Serviced Apartments for those who like their privacy and utilities at hand
- Chalets and Cabins My personal favourite type of accommodation if I can get a good deal, Pinda Lodge is my pick here, rated a whopping 9.7 and “Exceptional” by guests that hot tub and view from is a dream.
- Luxury Accommodation, just check out the images of Kari House and the reviews from guests, “9.8 out of 10”.
- Hotels and Motels the Grand Mercure tops the list here, right near the wine region and a varied of options from rooms to suites you can’t go past it.
For other places around Australia for wine lovers check out this article, The Best Australian Vineyards and Wineries
Margaret River Should be on top every wine lover to do list along with some of Australia’s finest wines Margaret River is also home to beaches with access to tons of other activities to suit all types.