Accommodation Near Margaret River
Wine Region, Western Australia
Rapidly emerging as one of the world's premium regions for quality red wine. Labels such
Vasse Felix, Voyager, Moss Wood
and the emerging brands including Watershed live in the Margaret River Wine Region. Some wineries provide accommodation near their Margaret River vineyards.
These are rich, earthy red wines that age very well - mainly
cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. Margaret River
only produce three per cent of Australia's wine grapes, but it produces 20% of Australia's premium wine, mostly by Margaret River region's boutique wine
producers, which makes the region a good wine holiday destination near Perth.
A visit to this delightful region 2 1/2 hours south of Perth will reveal stunning coastline with the famous
Caves Road running down the coast just inland from Dunsborough and Yallingup to the north, to the town of Margaret River 30 kilometres south.
Some of the prettiest cellar doors and
restaurants are at the start of the Margaret River wine region near Dunsborough, where some delightful wines are now being made at wineries including Wise.
Home stay bed and breakfasts and hotels, near the centre of Margaret River town,arean ideal base to visit the
spectacular region of Margaret River including neaby surf beaches, caves and winneries.
Lunch on the verandah at Amberley is also a must, looking out over the lovely scenery.
And nearby Happs Winery makes a range of preservative-free wines that are quite good - they may not quite be up
there with the classic Margaret River reds, but at least you'll have a clear head in the morning.
For a good meal in Dunsborough,
at the start of the Margaret River wine region, try the quirky Food Farmacy or
Italian restaurant Assissi in the centre of Dunsborough.
The best food of all can be
found at the classic Bunkers Beach Cafe near Dunsborough on the beautiful
Bay beach. It's open for great breakfasts and delicious lunches overlooking this
stunning beach, as well as tapas on some evenings.
Photo of Leeuwin Estate winery vineyard
Photo from Bunkers Beach Cafe near Dunsborough accommodation
And there's a new player in town
as far as good food goes - Goanna Gallery on Hayes Road
is now run by a former London chef who serves delicious breakfasts and lunches
and is about to do dinner as well.
Photo of Goanna Gallery near Dunsborough
While you're here in wine and beach paradise, take a trip to Yallingup Wood
Fired Bread just out of town, a local institution with the best bread and fruit
bread you'll ever taste. You'll find it on Biddles Road, near the famous
Caves Road which links Dunsborough to Margaret River, with scores of well-known
wineries on the way.
As you head south towards the
heavily-treed Margaret River region, you find a serious concentration of
vineyards. The best four in our opinion around Margaret River for that
combination of good wine, food and scenery are Voyager Estate, Watershed,
Brookland Valley and
Leeuwin Estate where they have the famous summer concerts.
Driving leisurely down Caves Road you'll find
cellar doors every few kilometres, including Driftwood and the beautiful new
Laurence Winery, with its golden "Lady of the Lake", otherwise known to locals
as "chick on a stick."
Keep driving south towards Margaret River and
you'll find more wineries with seriously good red wines that are among the
world's best. The dominant varietals here are cabernet sauvignon, shiraz
and even merlot.
Photo Watershed Winery Margaret River
If you're a lover of white wines, Margaret
River chardonnay is also world famous and there aren't many rieslings better
than Leeuwin Estate's Art Series riesling.
Wineries you'll find near Margaret River
on or near Caves Road include Pierro, Gralyn, Cullens, Evans and
Tate and Vasse
Felix with its award-winning wines.
Photo Vasse Felix winery near accommodation in Margaret River
For quality accommodation near Margaret River,
try Merribrook Retreat or Yungarra Estate.
But if you want the best in coastal
accommodation in the Margaret River wine region, stay
near Dunsborough or
Photo of the South African Cape style of Voyager Estate Winery
Cape Lodge is surrounded by vineyards and five star
hotels, as is the new Empire Retreat. The historic Caves House in Yallingup
provides gracious accommodation near Yallingup Beach from days gone by, recently modernised by Paul King'sSeashells
The beauty of Dunsborough is that it is on the opposite side of the finger of coast to Yallingup, so no matter which way the wind is blowing, you have a sheltered beach to luxuriate at.
Photo of Voyager Estate cellar door
Try Yallingup Beach or Smiths Beach in the morning before the sea breeze comes in, or in the afternoon, drive across the cape a few kilometres to Bunker Bay, where there's a very nice new resort and a beautiful sheltered beach. Also worth a look are Eagle Bay's pretty beaches and the delightful nearby beach at Point Picquet, which could be in the Caribbean.
If you want the comfort of restaurants and bars, get accommodation near Dunsborough at Whalers Cove Villas or
Cape Executive Apartments. Here you're on the beach with a big grassy area, seclusion and only a quick 5 minute walk into Dunsborough town with its cafes and shops.
This is a wonderful region that's largely still undiscovered by the rest of the world but loved greatly by West Australians.