Margaret River Wineries (part II), Western Australia, Australia


Vineyard and winery with stainless steel tanks visible, Voyager Estate (winery), Margaret River region, Australia


Margaret River is the only region in Australia where you can hop from award-winning wineries to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, world-class surf breaks and ancient caves. It is located approximately three hours’ drive south of Perth.



The Cape Dutch style architecture Voyager Estate (winery) tasting room and restaurant, Margaret River region, Australia


On our second day of touring wineries in the Margaret River we visited Voyager Estate first in the morning.  The property is beautifully landscaped, with formal gardens on the side of the walk to the Cape Dutch architecture tasting room and restaurant, with a formal rose garden beyond.  We particularly enjoyed the Broadvale Block 6 Chardonnay and bought both the 2014 and 2010 vintages to bring back to our home on the ship.



The formal rose garden on the grounds of Voyager Estate (winery), Margaret River region, Australia


“Wine, food, family and friends come together at Voyager Estate.  Located in the famous Margaret River region in Western Australia, Voyager Estate creates outstanding wines that are skillfully matched with the finest local produce.   Founder Michael Wright settled on the Stevens Valley site because it had the ideal characteristics to create beautiful wine.  With vineyards established in 1978, Voyager Estate is blessed with the raw materials required to make great wine.  From this strong foundation, the vineyard and winemaking team, led by Steve James, apply their craft and uncompromising passion to create elegant wines that do justice to their place in Margaret River.” –



The “VIP” tasting room at Voyager Estate (winery), Margaret River region, Australia



Leeuwin Estate is set on a former cattle ranch and its wood-and-adobe building with a corrugated-metal roof appears a bit dated at first, Margaret River region, Australia


“Leeuwin Estate, which is Margaret River’s most famous winery and is renowned for its rich and complex Art Series Chardonnays, also feels worlds away from reality. Set on a former cattle ranch, the wood-and-adobe building with a corrugated-metal roof appears a bit dated at first. The modernized interior, however, has both a farm-to-table restaurant and a gallery showing paintings by Aussie artists.



Margaret River’s most famous winery, Leeuwin Estate, is renowned for its rich and complex Art Series Chardonnays, Margaret River region, Australia



The modernized interior of Leeuwin Estate’s main building houses the tasting room (and restaurant), with a gallery downstairs showing paintings by Aussie artists that are used on the Art Series wine labels, Margaret River region, Australia


“’People like an adventure—they like to find you at the end of the road,’ says Tricia Horgan, who founded Leeuwin in 1974 with her husband, Denis. ‘And we have more than a hundred thousand visitors a year, so they figure it out.’ Many of these guests come for the summer outdoor concert series, which takes place on the lush lawn every year. The two chipper septuagenarians don’t make wine anymore, but are never far away from whatever’s going on at Leeuwin. When I stopped by for a tasting, the Horgans told me that back in the early days, they enlisted the help of a knowledgeable friend. ‘Neither of us knew anything before we met Bob Mondavi,’ recalled Tricia, of the man who put Napa Valley wine on the map. He told us what to plant and where to plant it.’” — Travel and Leisure (Magazine), November 15, 2016



We had a wine tasting (5 varietals) with food pairings, followed by a delicious, multi-course lunch outside on the terrace of Leeuwin Estate’s farm-to-table restaurant whose interior is pictured here; Margaret River region, Australia


Moss Wood was our last winery visit of the day and we were treated to an extensive cellar tour and barrel tasting.  It was quite educational to taste two 2016 cabernet sauvignons that have been in very different barrels for just 4 months following the spring 2016 harvest (one 16 years old and the other only 7 years old).  (Northern Hemisphere readers need to remember that “Down Under” has the seasons “reversed” from the north, so grape harvesting is in roughly March and April – their fall season.)   We could actually see a big difference already in the tannins and oak that the wines had absorbed so far, with another 14 months to go.  Tasting the older vintages from bottles showed that the finished wines were very good and represent the top wines of the estate.



The eucalyptus trees are a dead giveaway that the vineyards are in Australia – here the Moss Wood estate where we had a superb cellar tour and barrel tasting, Margaret River region, Australia


2 thoughts on “Margaret River Wineries (part II), Western Australia, Australia

  1. Oh the wine regions of the world. Margaret River sounds like a great region. At that location there has to be a “Great White” wine label (or maybe Great Red). Celeste and I leave in a few hours for New Zealand and will spend 3 nights in an Airbnb cottage in the middle of a vineyard in Renwick. We love our Marlborough County Sauvignon Blanc. Will be across the lane from Whitehaven Winery. Happy New Year to you and Robin. Tom


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