Uncork the delicious flavours of these Western Australian wine regions.
Western Australia boasts some of the best wineries Australia has to offer, with wine-lovers across the nation, and the world, making the journey to try the countries finest. A laid back environment paired with the sophistication of great locally produced wine, and food to match, makes it’s such a popular destination. Western Australia’s wine regions are ideal for a relaxing weekend away, or even for a longer stay if you’re planning to also explore the incredible landscape Australia’s west has to offer.
With an abundance of award-wining wineries to choose from, we’ve listed our recommendations for regions, and wineries too. A lot of them offer tastings, flights and tours of the vineyards, many of them run by the wine makers and producers. Even if you’re not a fan of wine, the landscapes of these vineyards are enough to capture your attention.
If you love your wine, the Margaret River is your holiday haven. One of the leading regions in Australia wine, Margaret River is a three and a half hour drive from Perth. With more than one hundred and twenty world class wineries, you’ll be able to sample a variety of local wines while meeting nthe winemakers themselves. There is even the possibility to produce your own bottle of wine. The region is know for its award winning Cabernet and Chardonnay.
Cape Mentellle Vineyards, established in 1970 is one of the first vineyards of the Margaret River region and is considering to be one of the best wineries in the region.
Arlewood Estate Winery is another one of the regions original wineries. Try the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon or the 2009 La Bratta Rosso. Vasse Felix has the title of being the first vineyard and wineries established in the Margaret River and is renowned for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc wines which are exported to over 25 different countries.
If you’re looking to stay, we love Cape Lodge, a boutique country house in the heart of the Margaret River.
Peel Wine Region
The Peel Wine Region is only an hour drive from Perth, making it a popular day trip destination. Established in the 1850s by Italian immigrants, it’s real growth began in the 1970s with the establishment of Peel Estate. Stretching from Baldivis in the north-west to Preston Beach in the south-west along the coastal strip, the Peel Wine Region it has over 200 hectares of wine grapes and plethora of fantastic wineries on offer. While white varieties such as Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay are the abundance of grapes grown, the red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, and particularly Shiraz exhibit the greatest regional character.
The best spots to taste test some great wines are Peel Estate and Drakesbrook Wines. The red varieties in this region, especially Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, showcase the regions unique and mesmerising character. While in the Peel Wine Region, be sure to sample the only Savagnin produced in WA.
Only twenty minutes from the Perth’s CBD, Swan Valley is the state’s oldest wine region. Some of Australia’s best Chenin Blance, Shiraz and Verdelho varieties are produced in this popular region. Full of charm, Swan Valley features traditional and small wineries where the wine makers are the ones who greet you at their cellar door. If you’re looking for a relaxed and personal wine tasting experience, then Swan Valley is the place to be.
We recommend visiting Coward and Black for their wine and chocolate masterclasses. A partnership with the Margaret River Chocolate Company means you can combine two of your favourites vices.
Olive Farm Wines offers wine flights which is a solution to the struggle of deciding which wines to try from their list of 25 wines. Even better is the large varitety of cheeses from the Cheese Barrel Cafe right next door.
Tyler’s Vineyard know how to make it work, creating a diverse range of drops from just one one kind of grape – Grenache. With a country-chic aesthetic, you can also print your own wine labels which make for great gifts.
If you’re going with a group, this Tuscan-inspired private estate is a stunning option.
Established in 1999, the Geographe Wine Region has quickly grown its reputable status by becoming one of Western Australia’s most charming wine regions. Home to captivating native bushland and some of Western Australia’s best beaches, Geographe is the destination to relax and sample locally produced wines. As well as serving excellent Shiraz and Semillon, the Geographe region is fast becoming known for its different varieties including Tempranillo and Nebbiolo. The majority of the wineries in the area are family operated, so you’ll always be drinking wine made with passion and heritage.
In north-western, Harvey within the Geographe Wine Region is Vineyard 28, a boutique vineyard and winery. A love of all things Italian has blossomed into a particular interest in alternative wine varieties from the Piedmont Region of Italy which also sit alongside a more traditional range.
Whicher Ridge is a genuine small wine producer that has been handcrafting small quantities of single variety, single vineyard, single region wines for 45 years. The winery is nestled in a hidden valley in the Whicher Range with Margaret River to the west and Busselton to the north.
Located in the beautiful Ferguson Valley, Angelicus Winery has sweeping views to Bunbury and the coast, and specialised in Tempranillo, Grenache and Verdejo grapes.
Situated in the south west of Western Australia, Blackwood Valley is one of the state’s newest wine regions. Home to more than 50 vineyards and 15 cellar doors and wine producers, you won’t be short of finding delicious wine. The region produces unique and earthy flavours in the Cabernet and Shiraz varieties as well as delightful golden honey flavours in the white wines that are available. Explore one of the most scenic wine regions in Western Australia and visit the vineyards and cellar doors to get the full wine tasting experience.
You’ll find The Cidery in the picturesque Bridgetown. Not only does it specalise in quality wine, but also award winning beers and boutique ciders. Stroll through the heritage rose walk or take a peek into Bridgetown’s rich apple growing history.
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