What better way could you think of spending a day than visiting a winery and following up with a delicious meal? If you love good food and wine, the beautiful area of Margaret River has so much to offer that you could spend weeks there. Lovers of the outdoors can enjoy the stunning scenery and beautiful landscape, perhaps by following a trail ride, or taking advantage of the world class surf, finishing off with a tasty meal at one of the Margaret River winery restaurants. With over 200 wineries in the region, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a place to eat. They’ll offer you a range of their own wines, as well as excellent food. It’s the perfect way to round off your wine-tasting experience.
Although Margaret River is most famous for its wines, tourists can find plenty to do among the coastal landscapes and pretty little creeks and rivers. The area offers skydiving, whale watching, off-road adventures, and much more. For a real taste of the region, however, you can’t do better than going on a tour.
With more than two hundred wineries to choose from, the options for wine tours in Margaret River are almost unlimited. A self-guided tour lets you pick your own route, while a chauffeured tour offers the chance to sit back and relax while someone else does the hard work. A tour guide will show you the sights and scenery along the way. You can choose to go in a large or small group, by car or bus.
Agritourism, or Farm Tourism as it is more commonly known in Australia is a growing trend. With the increased interest in food in recent years, and particularly artisanal and regional foods, getting to the heart of produce and its production, farm visits are the next obvious step to shopping at the farmer’s market. Agritourism ranges from simple farm stalls selling excess produce to home stay holidays which offer a unique insight into the life of an Australian farm. Agritourism is getting up close and personal with Australia’s food production and through it getting a better appreciation of what’s on your plate.
The movement isn’t exclusive to farms either. Wineries too are very much included and involved in this tourist sector. You only have to look at a Margaret River wineries map to see an example of how widespread and popular this leisure activity has become.
Australian wine lovers are in luck – the country is one of the world’s top ten wine producers and is also at the forefront of the latest and most innovative wine-making technologies. Most Australian wines are produced in the southeastern valleys of New South Wales and around the Limestone Coast, but wines produced in Western Australia are quickly becoming the new favourites of savvy wine connoisseurs.
In particular, Margaret River wineries account for 20 per cent of Australia’s total wine production. Here are some interesting figures to keep in mind:
The local vineyards cover more than 5,000 hectares
Margaret River is home to over 215 vineyards
More than 150 wine-makers operate in the region
More than a dozen grape varieties are grown in the fertile soils of this region, ranging from the popular Cabernet Sauvignon to lesser-known varieties like the aromatic Petit Verdot or the rich and berry-like Carnelian grapes.