Pristine beaches, national parks and remote desert are not the only things you’ll find in Western Australia. Behold the nine wine regions, all producing extraordinary wines. The wineries of Margaret River, Swan Valley and the Great Southern are beaming with authentic wines to excite your tastebuds. The wide range of wineries suits all your desires, whether you want to drop by for a quick taste or linger the whole day. From Cabernet Sauvignon to Shiraz as well as Chardonnay, there’s a glass for every taste. Organic, family-owned, new or antique wineries, Western Australia has it all. Here’s a list of the most outstanding wineries to ease your doubts!
1. Sandalford’s Winery, Caversham
The beginnings of Sandalford Wines dates back to the 1840s when the Swan River Colony general was awarded 4,000 acres in the Swan Valley and planted the first vineyard the same year. Growing together with the region, the Sandalford Wines became globally recognized. You can enjoy complimentary wine tasting or lunch at the fantastic estate.
2. Mandoon Estate, Caversham
The Mandoon Estate is a spacious property with the ultimate goal to please all wine lovers. It’s relatively new, established in 2010, but it’s already one of Australia’s most awarded boutique wineries. There are four different sections for wine tasting and a bite – from a casual, family-friendly picnic on the grass to fine dining.
3. Sittella Winery & Restaurant, Herne Hill
Sittella is a family-owned winery established in 1998. You get to enjoy a tasting at the spectacular cellar door and continue with lunch in the lush garden. Their Sparkling Chenin Blanc is a must-try!
4. Singlefile Wines, Denmark
Singlefile is a unique family-owned winery in the Great Southern wine region, established in 2007. Their cellar door got the “Star Cellar Door” award in 2020, and you get to visit every day of the week. Their wines are made as naturally as possible and reflect the taste of the region. The wine tasting experience is exceptional as well as the property, featuring a pond and a wonderful view over the valley.
5. House of Cards Wines, Yallingup
House of Cards is undoubtedly one of the most memorable wineries you’ll visit. This family-owned winery got the name after the risk winemakers need to do every year – play with whatever Mother Nature has dealt them. Situated in the Margaret River Region, their wines come from a single vineyard and provide a picturesque cellar door. Indulge in their impeccable Blackjack Malbec, and you won’t regret it.
6. Lancaster Wines, West Swan
Lancaster Wines is a small, rustic shed winery located on the banks of the Swan River. They provide a relaxed, casual atmosphere for tasting the best wines and taking in the view of their vineyard. Try their legendary Old Vines Shiraz as well as the delicious Late Picked Chenin.
7. Vasse Felix, Cowaramup
Vasse Felix is the Margaret River wine region founding estate. It was established in 1967 and provides one of the best wine tasting experiences. You can choose between the cellar door, behind the scenes wine tour or the exquisite restaurant. Don’t miss a glass of their renowned Cabernet Sauvignon!
8. Ugly Duckling Wines, West Swan
If you’re a fan of the rustic wineries, you’ll love the Ugly Duckling Wines. This small, boutique winery established in 2007 can offer you premium wines, a chill atmosphere and delicious food grown on their property. Their selection of wines has something for everyone, and if you’re a fan of the bubbly, their Rose Bubble Duck is your go-to!
9. Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River
Leeuwin is one of the five founding wineries in the Margaret River wine region. With the help of a famous Napa Valley winemaker, this winery started producing globally recognized premium wines back in 1972. At first sight, you’ll notice the mix of art, culture, and music implemented in the winemaking. It’s ideal for long, lazy weekend lunches.
10. Stella Bella Wines, Margaret River
Stella Bella Winery is one of the best Australian wineries, established in 1996 and located right outside the centre of Margaret River. You can taste a broad portfolio of southern wines every day of the year or bring a picnic and enjoy wine by the glass at their estate.
11. Woodlands Wines, Wilyabrup
Woodland Wines is another one of the five founding wineries in the Margaret River Region. This family-owned winery upkeeps its vineyard by hand with organic and traditional practices. You can taste their Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and luscious Merlot blends.
12. Windy Creek Estate, Herne Hill
Windy Creek Estate, formerly known as Cobanov Wines, was established in 1937 by a Croatian immigrant. He started by growing and producing dried fruits and a small amount of wine for the Perth immigrant community. The third generation of the family currently manages the 80-year old winery that still sells fruit to other wineries. Their fortified wines are delightful and affordable!
13. Woody Nook Wines, Wilyabrup
Woody Nook is a boutique winery established in 1982 that produces only 7,500 cases annually. It’s a small winery that provides excellent tasting and local produce to pair with the wines. Settled in a bush surrounding, and their outdoor area is a good escape from the hustle and bustle.
14. Knotting Hill Estate Vineyard, Wilyabrup
Knotting Hill Estate is home to one of the best cabernets in the Margaret River wine region. Located in a scenic surrounding, it’s a must-stop on your Margaret River wine tour. Besides their excellent wines, you can try their tapas, platers and locally produced Marron.
15. Glenarty Road, Karridale
Glenarty Road is an exceptional experience. The farm is home to grass-fed lamb, a few thousand sheep, over 250 fruit trees, veggies and even a hop garden. Their world-class wines and local produce can be purchased at the farm shop on-site or enjoyed in the charming restaurant.
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16. Upper Reach Winery, Baskerville
Upper Reach is a famous winery in the Swan Valley located on the banks of the river. If you want to feel like owning a winery for a day, you can stay at their only spa cottage. Their welcoming cellar door provides a relaxed yet knowledgable tasting of the award-winning wines.
17. Harris Organic Wines, Baskerville
Since 1998, Harris Organic Winery is the only certified organic winery and distillery in the Swan Valley. The vines are sustainably raised on rainwater only, which is reflected in their rich-tasting wines. You can take a tour of picking grapes ending with lunch and a glass of their Vintage Shiraz at the laidback restaurant.
18. Cullen Wines, Wilyabrup
The Cullen Winery is an upmarket, biodynamic and carbon positive winery with premium wines established in 1971. This old-school winery produces outstanding, award-winning Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that you can taste at the Biodynamic Wine Room.
19. Cape Mentelle, Margaret River
Cape Mentelle is yet another one of the five founding wineries in the Margaret River region. As one of the pioneers, Cape Mentelle established many of the region’s renowned wine styles and is the guide for the quality of the region’s wines. So drop by the cellar door, book a tour or go for outdoor summer movie nights at the estate.
20. Voyager Estate, Margaret River
Voyager Estate is a gem of the Margaret River wine region established in 1978 and providing an incredible wine experience ever since. Enjoy the gorgeous gardens before diving in for an extended wine tasting and lunch at their exceptional restaurant. Don’t forget to try the Voyager Estate Chardonnay.
21. Xanadu Wines, Margaret River
Xanadu Winery is a modern, family-owned estate focused on producing premium wines. Rated among the top five wineries in the region, it provides an excellent family-friendly atmosphere. The restaurant offers perfect food pairing for their renowned Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
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