Stretching from the Swan Valley through to Margaret River and the Great Southern, WA boasts the most picturesque wine regions in all of Australia. While the production is relatively small, the quality is outstanding and some of the best in the country.
Many of the wineries are family-owned with cellar doors manned by the wine-maker, providing a unique personal experience, galleries, locally grown produce, incredible restaurants and even an old Tigermoth.
Margaret River is one of Australia's most famous wine regions and dominant in Western Australia when it comes to chardonnay, semillon sauvignon blanc, cabernet, and cabernet blends. In terms of winemaking, these varieties all originated in Bordeaux. This is not surprising considering both regions are strongly influenced by a maritime climate and are almost identical in many other ways such as growing season, warmth, and rainfall.
In 2016, James Halliday, Australia’s most renowned wine critic and writer of the industry benchmark 'Australian Wine Companion', noted that Margaret River produced 14 of the top 32 cabernets, 7 of the top 10 sauvignon blanc/ semillon blends, and 8 of the top 30 chardonnays in Australia. Impressive stuff!
James also recognises Western Australia’s other premium wine region, the Great Southern, headed by the subregions of Porongurup and Mt Barker, as the major player in Australia for riesling. While historically Clare Valley (in South Australia) has been regarded as the premium region for this variety, in 2016 the Great Southern produced six of the best 17 rieslings, compared with just three from Clare Valley.
This is only the beginning of what you will find among Western Australia's nine wine regions and more than 350+ wineries. Each offers a diverse range of locally produced wine, food, liquor, boutique beer, and other attractions, hidden amongst some of the most stunning and pristine scenery in the country, making them equally outstanding destinations for both travel and lifestyle. Enjoy!
The Blackwood River Valley is one of Australia's newest wine regions and also one of its most picturesque with lush pastures, majestic trees, and gentle winding rivers. Nestled in the heart of the South West of WA, it is now home to 19 wine producers and 50 vineyards and 15 cellar doors with grape varieties including chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, semillion and shiraz and smaller plantings of viognier and pinot noir.
Sitting just 1.5 hours south of Perth on the border of the famous Margaret River wine region, Geographe is too often overlooked. The region is crisscrossed by the Vasse, Capel, Ferguson, Collie, and Brunswick rivers, creating valleys with distinctive climates, home to more than 20 boutique, mostly family-owned and operated cellar doors.
The Great Southern is an immense wine region spanning 150km north to south, and 100km east to west. More than 40 cellar doors can be enjoyed in Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mt Barker & Porongorup. Climates range from strongly maritime-influenced to moderately continental in this region which is especially renowned for riesling, cabernet, and chardonnay.
Characterised by ancient, towering karri forests, rolling farmland, and cooler climate, this beautiful wine region is renowned for its widely planted pinot noir and increasingly recognised for its chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and verdelho. Paired with the region's fabulous fare and many unique outdoor activities, a trip to the Manjimup wine region is nothing short of a gastronomic adventure.
Boasting 100+ cellar doors, Margaret River is the most beautiful wine region in Australia, producing internationally renowned chardonnay, cabernet, and semillon sauvignon blanc. The growing conditions are almost identical with Bordeaux. In 2016, James Halliday noted that Margaret River produced 14 of the top 32 cabernets, 7 of the top 10 sauvignon blanc/semillon blends, and 8 of the top 30 chardonnays in Australia.
The European settlement of Peel dates back to 1829, the year "Swan River Colony" was founded, Thomas Peel, brought three ships of migrants from England for the Peel Settlement Scheme. The first commercial shiraz vineyard was started by Will Nairn at Peel Estate in 1974, and remains the flagship wine of the region.
Framed by majestic Karri forests, with their rich, red soil and extraordinary local produce, marron, and truffles, the Pemberton region has garnered a reputation as a premium food and wine destination. The first commercial vineyard was planted in 1982 and now boasts over 50 vineyards and 10 cellar doors.
Perth Hills is a pretty region starting just 30 minutes from the CBD, with constantly changing vistas stretching from the northeast to the southeast of Perth. The native plant vegetation grows in rich profusion, with patches of introduced exotics from Europe and elsewhere adding an unexpected contrast.
Australia's second oldest wine region is the Swan Valley, home to more than 40 wineries just 30 minutes from the Perth CBD. Amongst the fresh valley air and pretty vistas, you will also find five breweries, two distilleries, countless purveyors of gourmet artisan goods, handcrafted wares, bustling markets, and vibrant artists' studios.
Taste exemplary Mount Barker wines at the classic mud brick cellar door and café of this regional hero estate and WA winemaking pioneer, located 30 minutes from Albany.
What better way to celebrate WA Day than to share it with friends, family, wood-fired pizza and delicious wine in Juniper's beautiful gardens
Amato Vino are small-batch artisan winemakers based in a quirky old building in Witchcliffe.
A drop of luxury in the Southern Forests Region
Join the Giles Family for a vertical tasting of reds in the rustic shearing shed-turned cellar door, nestled in the Willunga foothills just outside of Perth.
Discover wines of a different kind at this quaint, packing shed cellar door on Balingup's main street, making award-winning, small batch ports and fortified wines with fruits from local orchards.
A charming, family-owned and operated vineyard producing high quality, award-winning wines within the stunning Blackwood Valley Wine Region.
Located in the beautiful Bickley Valley, just a thirty minute drive from the Perth CBD, is one of WA's most picturesque boutique wineries, Brookside Vineyard.
After 20 yrs of living a FIFO lifestyle, Stewart and Kelly went searching for a tree change and moved their family from the hustle and bustle of life in the city to life on a vineyard in Boyup Brook
Enjoy stunning views of the Porongurups and superb cool climate wines at the cellar door, home to wine judge and winemaker Rob Diletti, awarded James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year in 2015.
Cherubino is the label of the award-winning Australian winemaker Larry Cherubino. Family-owned and farm-focused, we make uniquely WA wines of great depth, detail and purity, true to their provenance.
Clairault Streicker is a family owned grower and wine producer based in Margaret River, located on the rugged south-west coastline of Western Australia.
Nestled amongst the glorious rolling hills of Donnybrook, is the
hidden gem of Coughlan Estate - home to some of the oldest vines
in the region.
Credaro Family Estate is a boutique, family owned and operated winery, with a cellar door overlooking the picturesque Yallingup hills and Gunyulgup Valley.
The finest of Margaret River, with an Italian touch. Located on Caves Road in the prestigious sub region of Wilyabrup. Vineyard Est. 2008.
Nestled in the heart of the Blackwood River Valley, Dickinson Estate is a James Halliday 5-star winery producing award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Domaine Naturaliste offers a range of highly acclaimed wines that consistently over-deliver on quality for price point. Margaret River classic varietals created to match our modern lifestyle.
Enjoy a vista of undulating vines, local art, wine and olive oil tastings from the cellar door at Driftwood Estate, a vineyard winning international acclaim from its very first vintage.
Draped on picturesque slopes a stones-throw from the ocean, Driftwood Estate has been creating flavourful wines of character and distinction for 30 years.
Home of James Halliday’s Wine of the Year (in 2019 for the 2017 Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling).
Against the backdrop of the vineyard, a fresh, refined and elegant Japanese restaurant welcomes locals and visitors for modern dining.
Surrounded by huge Eucalypt trees, Forester Estate is a new-generation, family-owned and operated winery producing award-winning wines in a Northern Margaret River style.
Taste stunning cool climate wines and renowned award-winning rieslings at the beautiful Frankland River estate, with cellar door open Monday to Friday and weekends by appointment.
WA’s only specialist 'Méthode Champenoise' winery, producing highly-enjoyable vintage and non-vintage sparkling wines in Margaret River.
Established in 1956, this charming family-run winery and cellar door produces boutique reds, whites and rich fortifieds, but their speciality is bottle-fermented “traditional method” sparkling.
Join four generation farming family, the Gilberts at the apple shed turned cellar door of their 5 Star Halliday winery near Mount Barker, for distinct regional wines and tasty farm-grown platters.
An ecologically-focused winery following organic and carbon-neutral principles, the hand-crafted wines can be tasted on the deck of the farmhouse via bespoke private tastings with the viticulturist.
The best certified organic winery of the Perth Swan Valley wineries with a fascinating example of sustainable viticulture, producing a traditional table, sparkling and dessert wines in the Swan Valley
The wines of Harvey River Estate are brilliant, bright and shining examples of the Geographe Wine Region.
A boutique family vineyard and winery in Ferguson Valley with Indian Ocean views crafting award-winning, 100% estate-made, bright, fruit-driven white and rich, full-bodied red wines.