The Must-Do Margaret River Half Day Wine Tour
You could easily spend a week in Margaret River checking out a few wineries, caves, walking a bit of the Cape to Cape track, perusing art galleries and paddling the Blackwood River. But reality is that you might be here for a wedding or a quick weekend getaway, and have to be back at work Monday. So we’ve put together a Margaret River half day wine tour itinerary for you – featuring the real ‘best of the best’.
You won’t necessarily find the obvious choices here, but rather the family-owned gems, where you’re more likely to learn about the people behind the wine, or some cool stories about the history of the region.
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Neil, Lincoln and Coralie McLeod
A morning in Margies – half day Margaret River tour itinerary
Let’s start with the good stuff – coffee. Weather you like it smooth or sharp they’ll have the perfect coffee for you, drop in and see the roasting process first hand at Yahava KoffeeWorks. They enthusiastically share so much knowledge for the humble coffee bean, it’s definitely more of an experience than just a hot drink. When we visit, they take us through a guided tasting of a whole array of beans, and hear stories of The Koffee Baron’s worldwide quest for awesome coffee.
There’s nothing like a fresh roast coffee to kick start your morning!
After coffee it’s time for wine, our other great love. We’ve just celebrated 50 years of winemaking in Margaret River, and there’s something like 140 wine producers in the region now. Redgate Winery and Watershed are two of our favourites – Watershed is excellent for lunch with a breathtaking view across the vines, not to mention their wine is simply superb. Wrap up your half day wine tour with a drive through Boranup Karri Forest on your way back to Margaret River. If you have an hour spare, take a tour of Lake Cave, an incredible limestone cave 62 metres underground.
Stella Bella is another favourite winery of ours. They’re quiet achievers – in 2017 they won the trophy at the Margaret River Wine Show for the best Chardonnay, but to be honest I love all their wine and and the cellar door experience lovely.
Let us do the driving…
Join our Coffee + Wine Kickstart Tour Half Day Wine Tour – which runs 9.30am to 12.30pm daily, and costs just $50 per person. We pick you up from your accommodation or the Margaret River visitors centre then take you on a private guided tasting at Yahava KoffeeWorks. Next we visit two wineries; usually Redgate and Watershed, but sometimes Stella Bella.
Playing hide and seek with this big fella.
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Margaret River in an Afternoon – half day wine tour
If you’ve had a good sleep in, or a morning conference to attend, you can still catch some of the best of Margaret River in an afternoon. Here’s what we recommend putting on your list.
Lunch at a craft brewery. The local beer scene has exploded in recent years, and there’s now 10 awesome breweries in the region. Brewhouse is in walking distance of Margaret River town, and serves a tasty lunch. Cowaramup Brewery is a few minutes from Cowaramup and it’s our go-to. The pizzas are delicious, as are the pints. They have an epic playground too, and lovely spaces to dine both inside, on the veranda and on picnic tables on the grass.
Margaret River produces just 3% of Australia’s wine, but about 20% of the premium wine. We’re famous for excellent Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, the maritime climate produces ideal growing conditions. Plenty of sun and that afternoon sea breeze.
On our half day tours we tend to veer towards the lesser known gems such as Church View Estate, did you know they grow 16 different grape verities… So your bound to find something truely unique, the cellar door staff really know their stuff, and they’ll help you pick out the wines you love best. Double thumbs up.
If you want an impressive cellar door experience, Howard Park Wines is amazing. Drive in through rolling vineyards, all perfectly manicured. The cellar door is incredible – architecturally designed following feng shui principles, with a double (or triple?) height ceiling and beautiful timber and polished concrete. They have several brands; Howard Park is for serious wine appreciators, Madfish Wines is more fun, tasty and affordable, Marchand and Burch is a collaboration between their Australian winemaker and a French winemaker.
Hay Shed Hill is awesome, and just down the road from Howard Park in the famous Wilyabrup sub-region that produces some of the best wines, they do a great job taking you through a diverse range of wines. Ashbrook Estate is another little gem that not many seem to know about but is owned and operated by the Devitt family who planted there first vines back in 1975. Drive down a dusty track, ring the bell and the they will happily greet you for a tasting. Their white wines are particularly good – try the Semillon and Chardonnay, and of course look out for the famous Margaret River SSB blend – Semillon Sauvignon Blanc if you love a fruity unoaked white wine.
It’s not all wine though, be sure to check out some of our other amazing produce – visit Gabriel Chocolate, Temper Temper or the Margaret River Chocolate Company. Taste fresh local cheese at Yallingup Cheese Company or Margaret River Dairy. Sample olive oil at Olio Bello, Vasse Virgin or Pukara Estate.
Finish the day with sunset over the ocean. Head to Surfers Point, just near where the Margaret River meets the sea. During summer there’s often a fish and chip van serving award-winning fish and chips. Totally delicious with a bottle of wine you bought that day. For dinner check out Settlers Tavern for quality pub grub and an excellent wine list, or Miki’s Open Kitchen if you can get a reservation.
Relax and let us take you to the best places
…on our Great Tastes Half Day Wine Tour. You can book a half day brewery and winery tour with us – we’ll pick you up then take you for lunch at Cowaramup Brewery or Cheeky Monkey Brewery. We love their tasting paddles – and a good brewery lunch is just the thing before an afternoon of wine tasting. We visit two wineries – either the ones mentioned above, or Churchview, Willespie, Knotting Hill, Evens & Tate, Fermoy or Thompson’s Estate.