Margaret River

Margaret River is one of Australia’s top wine regions, with cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay at the core of its reputation. Leeuwin Estate (Stevens Rd, Margaret River, (08) 9759 0000) is considered to make Australia’s most exquisite chardonnay, and Vasse Felix (cnr Caves Rd and Harmans Rd South, Cowaramup, (08) 9756 5000), like many other local wineries, produces ‘classic dry white’ and ‘dry red’. Yet, its best variety is the Heytesbury cabernet. Other outstanding wineries include Moss Wood (926 Metricup Rd, Wilyabrup, (08) 9755 6266), Ashbrook Estate (379 Harmans Rd, Wilyabrup, (08) 9755 6262), Cape Mentelle (331 Wallcliff Rd, Margaret River, (08) 9757 0888), Cullen (Caves Rd, Cowaramup, (08) 9755 5277) and Voyager Estate (Lot 1, Stevens Rd, Margaret River, (08) 9757 6354) with its Dutch architecture. The countryside is especially beautiful because of the pockets of bushland that have been left among the vines, and the abundance of environmentally sensitive buildings. Excellent restaurants and accommodation are found just about everywhere.

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