Margaret River is consistently named as one of the best wine regions on the planet. It is one of the most instantly recognisable wine regions in Australia. A combination of climate, soil and topography together with outstanding viticulture and winemaking have resulted in wines that continue to improve and excel across many varieties.
The premier varieties have emerged over the years as chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, with wines that are truly world class. However, other varieties such as shiraz and semillon are excellent, with the famous Bordeaux white blend of semillon and sauvignon blanc producing wines that can be fresh and lively and with potential for extended ageing with great complexity. You can sign up for a tour of the area for the opportunity to visit winemakers for tastings, as well as dine on gourmet cheese, chocolate and other delicious produce. A bus tour is a good idea if you can’t agree on a skipper. Offering a number of jaw-dropping vistas – especially from the rugged coastline – this luxurious haven attracts visitors all year round. Warm summer weather brings out the crowds to enjoy the sunshine and swim or surf at the many spectacular beaches. The cold winter months are great also to rug up by a fire and enjoy great wine and local produce. Despite the volume of visitors, there is plenty to see and do if you take a detour or two. Remember the town swells in November for the Margaret River Gourmet Escape, a three-day gourmand festival with more than 20 satellite events attracting lovers of food, wine and music.