Collecting bottles of the world’s finest wines isn’t a walk in the park, but for some people, the resulting stash is every bit worth the risk. Good Food Australia writer Amy Cooper describes some of the early challenges involved in any potential wine collector’s decision-making process.
Budding wine collectors need to consider a lot of critical factors before scouring local Margaret River wineries such as The Berry Farm, as well as other wineries to be visited throughout their wine tasting and wine sourcing journeys. Here are some tips to effectively begin a wine-collecting endeavour.
Kakadu National Park – Perfect for those who want to get a taste of the Australian Frontier, this 20,000-square kilometre expanse of flora and fauna is Australia’s largest terrestrial national park. Also officially declared as a World Heritage Site, Kakadu National Park is not only home to a wide collection of plant and animal life, but also to approximately 500 Aborigines – considered the first people to inhabit the Australian mainland.
Margaret River Wine Region – People seeking good food and fine wine can look to enjoy the best lunch at Margaret River from the quaint cottage-cafes in the area, such as The Berry Farm. As one of Australia’s premier wine regions, Margaret River’s mix of forests, beaches, and wineries is sure to entice tourists from around the world, especially food and wine connoisseurs eager to get a whiff and flavour of some of the best food and Aussie wines available. Margaret River also offers the thrill of riding big waves at Surfer’s Point.
With about 215 wineries lining up along this Western Australian coast, it’s no wonder that Margaret River is a sure-fire destination for wine lovers around the country and the borders beyond. Before you start planning for Margaret River wine tours, though, you should spare some thought to proper etiquette when you’re around other people on a wine tour with you to ensure everyone can have a wonderful time.
Don’t turn the Cellar Door into an open bar.
Unfortunately, many people equate wine tasting or the cellar door with free-booze extravaganza. Keep in mind that the main goal of wine-tasting at top wineries like The Berry Farm is to sell wine to people who stop by for a taste. Connoisseurs and wine sellers alike on these tours take to wine tasting to test the flavour, not the buzz of the samples they take in.