Woody Nook is a comfortable three hour drive from the southern outskirts of Perth, the state capital of Western Australia. It is situated in the Margaret River wine-growing area, but is located about fifteen kilometers (10 miles) from the town centre (see maps below).
Take the Kwinana Freeway south and continue south when it becomes the Forrest Highway. You will bypass Mandurah and Bunbury. Unless you wish to explore the town of Busselton which boasts the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere, you will bypass Busselton also as you follow the signs to Margaret River.
After leaving the end of the bypass as you turn left at a roundabout at Vasse, immediately then passing the petrol station and Vasse store, continue along this road for 17 kilometers, watching out then for a tiny brown wooden church with a red roof ahead on the right which will mark Metricup Road where you will need to turn (Woody Nook is the top name on the board at this junction) and travel along this for just 5 kilometers, until you reach our entrance on the right.
Once you have visited us, there are several other wineries to visit further along Metricup Road which then runs into Caves Road where there are many more whether you turn right and head back towards Dunsborough or left and continue down towards Margaret River. No distances are great and the network of roads that criss-cross the area mean that if you miss a vineyard, you can easily backtrack probably without having to drive the same route twice.
The land now occupied by Woody Nook Wines’ single vineyard estate was formerly home to a sawmill and sleeper cutters. In 1978 Jeff and Wynn Gallagher purchased the property with a vineyard in mind and began the arduous task of clearing and preparing the land. The first cuttings were planted in 1982 and the first crush took place in 1987, the first winery building having been built the year before. The Gallaghers constructed this and their new home from timber and mud bricks, both materials being available on the property. There are still about sixty acres of jarrah and marri forest forming a magnificent backdrop to the winery and restaurant.
At the end of 1999 when Jeff and Wynn decided to retire to Busselton and put Woody Nook on the market, Peter and Jane Bailey became the proud new owners in May 2000. Jeff and Wynn’s son Neil stayed on as Winemaker/Viticulturist. Although Peter and Jane had lived in WA for almost 20 years, at that time they were resident in the USA. Thanks to modern technology they were able to become deeply involved with the day to day running of the winery and were regular visitors (for extended periods in Jane’s case). In September 2007, after almost 15 years overseas, the Baileys returned to Western Australia permanently.
Woody Nook now has some 17 hectares of vines, half of which in the original vineyard are non-irrigated and handpicked and include cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, merlot, sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, chardonnay, semillon and cabernet franc. The new 8 hectare vineyard, planted with rootlings in 2007, produced its first sizeable vintage in 2010 with more of the same varietals but also two Spanish ones, tempranillo and graciano. These blocks will be irrigated until the vines reach greater maturity and are currently machine picked. From a 4-5,000 case production for the past ten years, this figure had almost doubled by 2012. However, with a 75-100 tonne crush, Woody Nook will still be well within the definition (250 tonnes) of a genuine boutique winery.
The Nookery Café, which seats up to 120 people, is set against an impressive backdrop of jarrah and marri forest. It has a rustic, cosy charm, both inside the cottage style building and outside under the shady pergola or on the all weather alfresco patio by the fish pond. There is also a grassy play area with swings for children and meals especially for them.
Table Setting Chefs Adam Le Gallez and Paul Cowley and their team use as much of the area’s meats, cheeses and freshly caught seafood as possible to create both favourite and new attractive dishes, prepared quickly and served by efficient and friendly wait staff headed by Marian and Angie ..
Weddings and other private events are catered for by arrangement. Click here to view our selection of different menu types for these occasions (sit down, finger food and BBQ) together with our terms and conditions and special functions wine list.
Please come and enjoy a Margaret River experience at the Nookery Café. Open daily (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday) 8.30am – 10.00am for breakfast; 8.30am -3.30pm for coffee and tea. Lunches are served 11.30 am – 3 pm. (Easter weekend – 11 am – 4 pm)
Neil came to Margaret River in 1980 to help his parents establish their vineyard. He worked in other trades to maintain an income, whilst tending the vines and building the Winery. He took over the winemaking role in 1990 and, with the new ownership in 2000, continued to be responsible for all aspects of viticulture and wine production at Woody Nook.
Craig joined Woody Nook in January 2011. He is tertiary qualified in marketing and came to us with considerable wine sales experience in Perth and Margaret River. He has been busy expanding Woody Nook’s presence in Western Australia and is now focussed on establishing new markets for us both interstate and overseas. Year end 2014 saw Craig receive a Graduate Diploma in Oenology which he undertook part-time at Curtin University in Margaret River. When Michael Brophy retired in early 2016 Craig took over assisting Neil in all things winemaking, which role will see him involved before, during and after vintage, but able to wear his sales and marketing ‘hat’ at other times.
JO FIELD PA/Administrator
After a long career in the hospitality industry working as an Executive Assistant for several hotel groups, Jo joined us in May 2015 having relocated to the south-west from Sydney via Perth. Running our Adopt-A-Vine programme, ordering items for our gift shop, producing sales statistics, stock reconciliations, invoices and export documentation together with generally assisting with all aspects of the business means that we feel very lucky to have acquired Jo’s services! When not looking after Woody Nook’s administrative functions, Jo enjoys interior design and exploring the region.
SUE CALDER Bookkeeper
Sue joined us in July 2015 bringing extensive experience to the role, having worked as a Bookkeeper and BAS agent in the south-west for several years. A local to the region, having lived in Dunsborough for 27 years, we were fortunate to obtain Sue’s services through her friendship with our previous Bookkeeper. Sue is busy streamlining our accounting systems and using technology to a greater extent to improve our procedures. To get her mind off figures, Sue enjoys paddle boarding, fishing, reading and nurturing her vegetable garden.
PETER BAILEY Director
Although he has had a long time appreciation and knowledge of fine wine, Peter has not been involved in its production until now. His background is in mining and refining, a career which has taken him to Africa and several locations in both Australia and the U.S.A. After more than twenty years with Alcoa, where his final position was that of President of their industrial chemicals division, Peter was the CEO of Sherwin Alumina in Corpus Christi, Texas until his retirement in January 2007.
He and Jane have a 31 year old son, Nigel, who lives and works in Miami, Florida.
JANE BAILEY Director
Jane oversees the day-to-day running of Woody Nook, or at least those aspects not directly under Neil Gallagher’s field of expertise. She had a long secretarial career that began at 10 Downing Street in London and ended with twelve years with Qantas in Perth. Her office skills are now being put to good use again and she is especially enjoying her involvement with the promotional and marketing side of the business and selecting new lines for the gift shop.
Over the past fifteen years, Woody Nook has collected more than 300 awards, including 11 Trophies, 40+ Gold medals and 50+ Silver medalsin some of the country’s most prestigious wine competitions, not just in Western Australia, but also in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Hong Kong,the USA and the United Kingdom.
With congratulations to our winemaker and viticulturist Neil Gallagher, we are very proud to list the most recent successes for currently available Woody Nook wines in competitions and publications.
International Wine Challenge
‘Gallagher’s Choice’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013…..Gold Medal & Trophy for the Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
‘Gallagher’s Choice’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013…..Trophy for the Australian Cabernet Sauvignon
‘Gallagher’s Choice’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013…..Trophy for the Australian Red Wine
Cabernet Merlot 2012…..Gold & Trophy for the Best Red Blend
‘Gallagher’s Choice’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013…..Gold & Trophy for the Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Graciano & Tempranillo 2012…..Bronze
In 2011 Woody Nook received two trophies when ‘Gallagher’s Choice’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 won ‘Best WA Red Wine’ and ‘Best Boutique Wine of the Show’ at the Blackwood Valley Boutique Wine Show. This wine also received a Gold Medal from the 2011 Melbourne Royal Wine Show and a Silver Medal from the Qantas Wine Show.
Internationally in 2011, Woody Nook’s Shiraz 2008 won a Bronze Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London. At the 2011 International Wine Challenge our ‘Killdog Creek’ Cabernet Merlot took out a Silver Medal and our ‘Gallagher’s Choice’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 a Bronze. This latter wine was also awarded a Silver Medal at the 2010 International Wine & Spirit Competition in the UK.
2009 saw Woody Nook receive three trophies – for our Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. In addition to a gold medal, this wine was awarded a trophy for the ‘Best Australian Dry Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon’ at Australia’s second largest wine show, in Rutherglen, Victoria. Shortly afterwards we learned that the judges at the Australian Cool Climate Wine Show in Murrumbateman had not only awarded this wine a gold medal but also a trophy for the ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon’. In the same week we were advised by the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London that it had won a ‘Best in Class’ Gold Medal there too, plus the Warren Winiarski Trophy for the Best Cabernet Sauvignon. All those accolades are in addition to being voted ‘Best in Class’ by Winestate Magazine in a recent Cabernet tasting; being a runner up in the ‘Best Estate-Grown Red Wine’ category at the Western Australian Wine Industry Association’s Awards in November 2008, earning a Silver Medal at the 2010 International Wine Challenge and a Commended medal at last year’s Decanter World Wine Awards . The judges at the International Wine & Spirit Competition made these notes about this wine: “Saturated glossy crimson red colour. Wonderful briar/bramble and mulberry fruit aromas, coupled with notes of cigar box, vanillin and smoke. Beautiful precise fruit definition in the mouth with super fine grained tannins and a silver thread of minerality which couples with lovely cedary integrated oak and notes of herb and more juicy fruit. Wonderfully sculptured, this is a hedonistic and very serious wine indeed.”
We show below the amazing medal count of our Gallagher’s Choice Cabernet Sauvignon 2004. Unfortunately there are no stocks left of this wine in Australia, but residents of the UK and British Columbia, Canada, should contact the distributors listed in our ‘where to buy’ page to obtain this wine in your country.
Woody Nook Winery
One of the real gems of Margaret River both for its wines and ambience. There are a few changes at this little operation that point to some rather interesting developments, both with expansion and the planting of new grape varieties such as graciano and tempranillo. The wines have risen to great heights in recent years, with cabernet a particularly strong suit.
OWNERS : Peter Bailey and Jane Bailey WINEMAKERS : Neil Gallagher ESTABLISHED : 1982 VINEYARD LOCATION : Wilyabrup ANNUAL CRUSH : 100 Tonnes VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Graciano
CELLAR DOOR : 506 Metricup Road, Wilyabrup OPEN : Seven days a week, 10am – 4.30pm (excluding Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) WINE PRICES : $23 – 65 PHONE : 9755 7547 EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE : www.woodynook.com.au DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Retail, Wholesaler, Mail Order, Online
Woody Nook Single Vineyard chardonnay 2016 ($35)
Richly textured opulent chardonnay. Loaded with fig and stone fruit, a little orange marmalade and lime edginess. The palate is concentrated and creamy with a tight tart balance from the citrus liminess. Such an appealing wine. SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 4 Years
Woody Nook Killdog Creek tempranillo 2016 ($23)
Soft and supple but with good tannin support. This is a neat little tempranillo of medium body. Notes of raspberry and cola on the nose. The palate is fruit driven with a spicy savouriness and a sprinkle of dried herbs. Ideal in the first three years. SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 3 years
Woody Nook cabernet merlot 2014 ($35)
A smooth and delicious 70/30 blend of cabernet and merlot. Fruit cake and dark chocolate with a decent dollop of thick unctuous prune juices. Well-balanced with good oak and tannin treatment. High in alcohol but the balance handles it well. SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 7 years
In recent years this has evolved into consistently one of the best cabernets released from Margaret River. Deep and concentrated fruit displaying typical blackcurrant and cedar with a leafy tobacco character. Some dried herbs and bay leaf add further complexity. Seamless sophisticated palate structure extends effortlessly to a long finish. SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 15 years