Wine buff Paul Keung made an eclectic trip from his hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand, all the way to the winemaking regions of Western Australia, to learn about the fabulous wines in Western Australians’ own backyard …
Worth looking into is Wignalls Wines, one of the few regions in Australia that can boast spring and summer conditions virtually identical to Burgundy, a famous wine growing region in central France.
Wattle Ridge winery has a Barrel to Bottle project. This gives you the opportunity to get hands on and experience wine making for yourself. Everything is supplied for you and you can camp amongst the vines afterward to complete your experience, and all for free.
Yes we are definitely still in Western Australia, Denmark is home of Ducketts Mill, they produce a good variety of wines and are a 4 and a half star rated winery by Mr James Haliday.
The imaginatively named Frankland Estate has once again been rated a 5-red-star winery in the latest edition of the Australian wine companion. With a portfolio ranging from 90-96 points across the estates range, you can be sure you’ll be partaking of some of the best wine Australia has to offer.
Boasting exceptional wines, a lovely little restaurant and Sunday lunchtime Jazz sessions, you know you’re in for an experience which not only pampers, but builds upon the traditional cellar door experience. Very enjoyable time at Hackersley Estate.
Great Southern Region
Trevelen Farm Has won 5 gold medals for its 2002 ‘Great Southern White’. It demands to be visited so you can come to understand what goes into making such a tremendous bottle of wine. A real world beater from Western Australia.
Jump on Wanneroo Rd out of the CBD or on the Mitchell Freeway (head north) to get to Paul Contis Winery. It’s only 30 minutes away but you get to take full advantage of having a real winery and cellar door option in close proximity. Plus they can arrange a marriage ceremony on the property with you, if you ever felt so inclined.
Definitely take a trip to The Wine & Truffle Co for an out of this world experience. The largest producer of Perigord truffles in the southern hemisphere means you’ll get to get your hands on one of the worlds most sought after foods, and you can even join them on their truffle hunts.
Watershed Premium Wines charges in the direction of the artistic, with wines sorted into categories such as awakening, shades and senses you know you’re onto something that offers a very refined and delicate experience on the palate.
I went to the Chatsfield winery on my visit to Mt Barker, they have a range of wines and most of them have that fruity complexity you’d expect when drinking a cleverly produced wine. Worth a stop especially while checking out the Porongurup ranges and the natural Red gum country surrounding.
The Peel Estate Winery has free electric barbeques and picnic facilities so is a really great place to take the family and spend quite a bit of time relaxing in, with the added bonus of only being 45 minutes from Perth it means a quick drop in on the weekend is a sure fire way to have a good time.
Salitage has been described as the most important winery in the Pemberton region. Exporting to more than 15 countries worldwide this is a top notch winery offering export quality wine to the world, and it’s right here in your backyard.
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