Margaret River – You Had Me At Food, Wine, and Beer

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Margaret River is many things, and there is something there for everyone…

Being a lover of wine, beer, and food I was extremely excited that a visit to the world famous Margaret River Region in Australia’s South West was on the itinerary.

One of the reasons I love to travel so much is to experience the food, the wine, and the atmosphere of a place. Life’s simple pleasures.

But the South West region in Western Australia is not only famous for it’s food and wine, but also for it’s relaxed approach to life, breathtaking scenery and sunny beaches, such as this…

Margaret River
Yallingup Beach

The Margaret River region also has amazing diversity of people with wine makers, surfers, farmers, and artists, giving it a great vibe.

It’s a fantastic road trip destination, one you can do yourself, but when it comes to the wine tasting and beer drinking experience I highly suggest you take advantage of a local tour expert for added relaxation (and safety). More on that later…

In a nutshell the region has:

  • 150 cellar doors
  • 8 breweries
  • Gourmet food producers
  • Dozens of galleries
  • Cafes and restaurants
  • Nature trails
  • Stunning beaches
  • and a great climate…

It’s easily one of my favorite regions in all of Australia.

When talking about the gourmet food and wine on offer, a visit here is pure indulgence. Here is my experience

The Wine Tasting

Cowaramup Wines

First stop was a walk and talk by owner Russell at the Cowaramup Wines, which is located in the heart of the Margaret River wine region.

We learnt about the “Clown Fish” label which is the first range of wines produced by Cowaramup, and their strong emphasis on implementing biodynamic and organic practices in the vineyard.

Settlers Ridge

Next up was a visit to Australia’s FIRST internationally certified winery, Settlers Ridge, for an organic wine tasting session.

As a winner of over 50 medals at wine shows, Settlers Ridge proves that organic techiniques can still produce top quality wine.

Margaret River Providor

Lunch and more wine tasting followed at Providor, voted one of Australia’s Top 100 Gourmet Experiences. Fresh ingredients are sourced from their vegetable gardens and on show inside is a selection of home made jams, preserves and sauces.

Another organic wine tasting experience at Peacetree, and probably my favorite as it was very intimate and the winery has a great story. On top of that the wines were excellent.The Beer Experience

Eagle Bay Brewery

I have to agree with them: Great beer, service and atmosphere. Sitting on the outside patio area with expansive views was very relaxing and I could have stayed here for hours.

On top of that, the food and wine was top notch too. Eagle Bay Brewing Co is a family run, boutique operation and you can really feel their passion…

Margaret River
Outdoor patio

The Chocolate Experience

Gabriel’s Chocolates

To say I LOVE chocolate would be an understatement. It’s my downfall when it comes to treats. So I was very excited about getting a behind the scenes tour and tasting at Gabriel’s Chocolates.

Gabriel is a former laywer who had a passion for chocolate and now creates his awesomly fine chocolate from freshly roasted cacao beans from six regions around the world resulting in a range of exquisite chocolates with flavors reflecting their regions:

  • Ecuador (Arriba bean)
  • Madagascar (the Sambirano valley)
  • Ghana
  • Rio Caribe Venezuela
  • Java Indonesia
  • Chuao Venezeula

They are the first bean to bar chocolate maker in Western Australia. And they are not melters of chocolate. But make quality chocolate not confectionary chocolate.

The Food Experience

The Fruity Cow

Probably the best tasting sushi I have ever eaten in Australia. The Fruity Cow is basically an organic cheese and fresh produce store, but they do this awesome sushi platter that I couldn’t get enough of.

The Movie Experience

Cape Mentelle Vineyards

Imagine this…a picnic blanket, a gourmet hamper, a starry night sky, and a movie on the big screen outside at a vineyard. Well, you can have all this at Cape Mentelle Vineyards.

Watch a film as the sun goes down at Margaret River’s only outdoor movie cinema.

Playing the night I was there was the classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” but unfortunately I missed the movie as I got that comfortable and relaxed, after several wines, that I fell asleep.

Getting Around

If you’re like me and plan on enjoying the sampling of the many wines and beers on offer, then the only way to do it is have someone else drive you around.

That way you can relax and taste as many drinks as you can handle without worrying about having to drive. And a personalised tour with an experienced local company is a great way to do it.

Harvest Tours may be Margaret River’s newest tour but they are locals with a passion for the region who get it.

They call themselves the “Foodie’s wine tour with a conscience” and are all about providing a relaxed, fun, and informative experience.

Key benefits of their tour:

  • They only visit environmentally responsible businesses.
  • Businesses that create all their products in the region.
  • And businesses that choose organic and sustainable principles.

The Facts

Location: The Margaret River Region is located 267km south of Perth and stretches over an area of 135km between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin.

Tours: www.HarvestTours.com.au

Where to Stay: www.SeaShells.com.au has studios and 1 and 2 bed fully self-contained apartments.

More Information: www.WesternAustralia.com

Disclaimer: My trip to Margaret River was as a guest of Tourism Western Australia

36 thoughts on “Margaret River – You Had Me At Food, Wine, and Beer”

  1. John of Travel Rinse Repeat

    Wow everything looks delicious; the pizza and beer are making me incredibly hungry right now.

  2. Wine tasting, beer flights, pizza, AND chocolate? Where do I sign up?! The region looks beautiful too, but the food and drinks sound amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. The South West was like my backyard growing up. But it’s been a fair few years since I’ve been back there. Thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. That’s a good question! Not sure if they export internationally or have outlets selling in the US. I know you can get it around Oz…

      To be sure you will just have to come downunder and visit in person ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I checked out Margaret River while on my South West Coast road trip last March. I loved it. So much to see and do. It’s the perfect place for a gluttonous afternoon.

    Did you make it to the liqueur distillery or cheese factory?

    PS. That sushi looks divine!

    1. Hi Melissa,

      Glad you got a taste of Margaret River last year. There is absolutely something for everyone!

      Didn’t make it to the liqueur distillery or cheese factory, as there is so much going on there and only had so many hours, thanks for the heads up and even more reasons to go back ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Someday I'll Be There - Mina

    I was full after the great pizza, thought the post should be over at this point.

    was surprised to see that there is still chocolate and fruits?

    This is life as it should be… haha ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. One thing I’m so dissapointed about is that, in my (almost) two years of being in Australia I’ve never gotten around to visiting this region; it looks stunning and that smoked salmon salad – wow!!

    Got to leave Oz in June but I’m definitely coming back at some point to see the West Coast!

    1. Hey Beverley,

      You haven’t visited Australia until you’ve been to the west coast ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s such an amazing region in every way. Really hope you get to experience it in the future, you won’t regret it.

    1. Hi Morkel,

      Thats great! Here are some other posts that you may find helpful and inspiring…

      – 16 Photos of Cottesloe Beach: https://www.ytravelblog.com/16-photos-of-cottesloe-beach-australia/

      – 3 Guided Walking Tours in Perth: https://www.ytravelblog.com/3-guided-walking-tours-in-the-city-of-perth/

      – Rottnest Island in Photos: https://www.ytravelblog.com/rottnest-island-photo-essay/

      – How to Visit Australia on a 2 Week Vacation: https://www.ytravelblog.com/how-to-visit-australia-on-a-two-week-vacation/

  7. I am in the Margaret River area right now visiting family. Provodor is one of my favourite places around here. Their food is delicious and you can’t go past all the yummy spices and sauces that they sell there! Yum.

  8. This looks so amazing! I love beer tasting and wine tasting, I think they are literally my favorite things to do. I really want to visit WA and will definitely not be leaving Margaret River off the list!

  9. The southwestern part of Australia really is beautiful.

    My favourite part of the Margaret River area is the wine tasting- they are so open and inviting, I absolutely loved it.

  10. cris @ global resorts network

    @ Hogga – I could not agree more. It’s so refreshing to see REAL pictures and not only stock photos. It just makes your story…(and the food and beer) just come alive.

  11. Margaret River seems to have a bit for everybody. Wow. I have to put it on my travel list. Great post with lots of details, lots of great photos and useful information. I understand you, as I also appreciate a good wine.

  12. I have just been to Margaret River for the Gourmet Escape Food Festival 2013 and had the best time! I just love everything in the region, can’t complain about anything at all. Incidentally, my daughter and family live there. Lucky me!

  13. Fun idea to choose wine based on the personโ€™s hobby or interest. While you may not need to know wine preferences you WILL have to know sports team loyalty. Themโ€™s fightinโ€™ words around some parts. ????

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