DIY Wine Tour – the Boutique Wineries of Margaret River

Sip your way around Margaret River's best boutique wineries

 

There’s something deeply satisfying about a DIY Wine Tour where you can stumble upon a winery, off the beaten track, and discover for yourself what quirky offering that particular cellar door has to offer.

Particularly so if you have a designated driver on hand. Here’s a few hidden winery gems we hope you uncover in your journey…

 

Flametree Wines

Located at the gateway to the famous Margaret River wine producing region, Flametree Wines has a brilliant reputation among locals, and deservedly so.

Their SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay has won some serious awards in the last year or so – be sure to give it a try.

Their immaculate Cellar Door looks out to a beautiful garden and plays host to art exhibitions throughout the year. Visit in Spring when the actual flame trees are at their fiery best!

7 Chain Ave, Corner of Caves Road, Dunsborough​

marq wines alternative varieties

Marq Wines

Mark Warren has long been the Happs winemaker (more about them below) and taught winemaking at Margaret River TAFE. Together with wife Danielle he launched Marq Wines and they opened their cellar door about 2 years ago.

Alternative varieties are the Marq Wines hallmark. Vermentino (light, refreshing and aromatic like a Riesling), Petit Manseng (an ancient varietal that was traditionally served at the christening of French royalty!) and Gamay (a light red; it’s the grape used in Beaujolais) are just a few of the lesser known grapes he uses to great effect.

Danielle, a chef in a former life, creates the most generous and abundant cheese and charcuterie platters – the perfect accompaniment to a bottle of wine.

860 Commonage Rd, Yallingup

Clairault Streiker

Clairault | Streicker Wines

First of all, the entrance. As soon as you hit the driveway off Caves Road, you get a feeling something special is about to ensure. Through the native bushland, past the vast open sheep pasture complete with a big dam, before you find the Cellar Door nestled between the vineyards. And the best bit? After such a grand entrance, the wines do not disappoint.

With a red star rating in the James Halliday 2018 Wine Companion, and 9/12 wines scoring 95 points or higher, Clairault | Streicker Wines know the region they are in, and make the most of it. So off this, for a real Margaret River experience give any of their Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon or SBS blends a go.

3277 Caves Road, Wilyabrup

Domaine Naturaliste

You’ll find a similar story to Marq Wines; a local winemaker at the top of his game (Bruce Dukes) launched his own brand about five years ago to rapturous applause. Now, in October 2018, they’ve just purchased a vineyard and cellar door on Johnson Road Wilyabrup, and serve free tastings at the bar of their Discovery wine, paid tastings – a flight of six premium wines, and cheese/charcuterie platters in a picturesque setting.

160 Johnson Rd, Wilyabrup

fraser gallop estate

 

Fraser Gallop Estate

Fraser Gallop Estate burst onto the scene winning the Decanter Best Bordeaux Style Red in 2008 for their 2017 Cabernet. It was a prestigious international accolade for one of their first vintages, and the best bit? The quality of their wine just keeps getting better.

They managed to stay under most people’s radar for a long time, but since they opened a small cellar door on their beautiful estate a couple of years ago, the word is slowly getting out. Stock up on Chardonnay, Cabernet and their incredible Ice Pressed Chardonnay.

493 Metricup Road, Wilyabrup

 

Happs Winery and Cellar Door

We have one more stop to make on the return journey. Slip onto Commonage and wind your way down until you hit this special little spot.

Happs offer an expansive portfolio of wines, 38 to be exact, with their pleasure being found in providing a wine for every palate. For those inclined towards the sweeter end of the scale, a taste of the Happs Estate Range Fuchsia is an absolute must.

Whilst their wines are wonderfully bright and full of flavour, we recommend a stop here simply to admire Ros Happ’s garden. Happs is also a pottery studio, art gallery and gift shop.

575 Commonage Road, Quindalup, Western Australia

 

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