Margaret River wineries are open and eager for you to drop by. The area’s winemakers and winery owners are no doubt some of the most interesting and charming people you will ever meet, and if that’s not reason enough to visit, then you should know that they often provide samples of their creations for a small fee or sometimes for free. Don’t know where to start? Check out the information below:
Red wine is king
According to VisitVineyards.com, red wines dominated the Australian wine market in 2014. Previously on equal footing with white in 2012, red wine has overtaken its pale counterpart in terms of sales over the last two years. Shiraz and cabernet sauvignon are the most popular red wine types, followed by pinot noir, durif, tempranillo, sangiovese and more.
Cafes can be found in almost every street corner and one wonders what these shops offer to reel in a crowd for a cup of coffee. Is it the freshly brewed coffee or the scrumptious food that attracts a faithful battalion of customers daily, or is it something else? Here are some signs that your local café is a great one:
Coffee. Obviously, a great café should have an exquisite offering of coffee in order to be great. People are always willing to try new varieties and new drinks. There’s even an unofficial rule that says great coffee places should be serving more coffee than any other item that they carry.
Location. Accessibility and convenience for customers are highly important. This is why many known local and chain of cafes are almost always located around street corners.
Baristas. Though some would already have a preferred brew or kind of coffee, many still like it when baristas can offer suggestions as to which coffee is their house special. Baristas that chat with their customers also give an air of hospitality to any café and can result in return visits.
Ambiance. In historical context, cafes have been the central hub of arts, politics, relationships and culture. Modern coffee places still offer these and so much more, like being a place for social meet ups and, sometimes even serving as an extension of the workplace. Café ambiance should also encourage creation, consumption and integration into the community.
You can’t help it, you just have an undying passion for wines. You already have a massive wine collection, read just about every book about vintages, and know by heart which wine pairs well with what food. What more can a wine lover do?
Well, have you ever considered visiting a winery? In recent decades, Australia has established itself as a major player in the winemaking industry, and many vineyards offer daytrips to tourists. If it’s world-class vintages you’re looking for, though, your first stop should definitely be Margaret River, a quiet town three and a half hours away from Perth.
Why are wine tours a great idea activity for wine enthusiasts? Below are just three reasons:
See for Yourself
Winemaking is both a science and an art, and what better way to appreciate this process than by seeing it for yourself, from the picking of the grape to the bottling of the wine. Even better, you get to taste the fruit of the vineyard’s hard work at the end of the tour!
What’s the only thing better than seeing the winemaking process first-hand? Sharing this experience with fellow wine lovers! Who knows, you might even make a new friend or two during your trip.
Enjoy the View
When it comes to vacations, getting to your destination is half the fun. With Margaret River’s stunning beaches and vineyard vistas, this statement certainly rings true.
Australians love their wine, and luckily, the land down under is home to one of the best wine regions in the world: Margaret River. Just three-and-a-half hours away from Perth, this tiny town actually produces 15% of the country’s premium wines. This is all thanks to its maritime climate, which closely resembles that of Bordeaux, France.
Owing to the similarity in growing conditions, it’s not surprising that Margaret River produces three of the most renowned French wines in the market. What are they?
Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular dry white wines. Made from green-skinned grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors, from buttery and oak-like to fresh and citrusy. A bottle of this wine pairs well with seafood, poultry, pork, and cream- or butter-based dishes.
Cabernet sauvignon is often called the “King of Red Wines,” a fitting epithet for the world’s most sought-after red wine. Aged for five to ten years, a bottle of cabernet contains a surprisingly complex flavor profile, with hints of plum, blueberry, vanilla, and even tobacco in it. It is best paired with red meats like lamb, hearty pastas, strong cheeses, and dark chocolate.
Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon
A classic white wine blend, sauvignon blanc–semillon boasts a crisp, dry taste. The sauvignon blanc gives it a grassy, acidic aroma, while the semillion contributes to its structure and mouthfeel. Pair it with pigeon, crepes, or prawn for greater enjoyment.
Visiting the best wineries in regions like Margaret River can be quite an experience. However, as with any great experience, the cost to participate in it might be prohibitive at times. If it isn’t in you to shirk at the opportunity to join a visit to a truly great winery, here are some strategies that can help you minimise the expense of doing so.
Buy a Bottle
Many wineries will be happy to waive the fee for a wine tasting session if you or your party decide to purchase some wine on the visit. The purchase of a bottle can sometimes be less expensive than wine tasting fees, but you otherwise get more value for your money, regardless, as you are then able to take away more from the event than just the experience itself. Be sure to enquire with the winery about such incentives beforehand, however, as not all wineries might offer them.
Split the Cost
Most wineries will allow you to split the cost of a wine tasting session with another person. You agree to share the same glass, and so get half the portion sizes, but as wine tasting sessions are about tasting rather than consuming, splitting the cost does little to ruin the experience. Again, as with the purchase incentive, ask beforehand so you’re not caught off-guard.
It’s not always easy to look for good restaurants when you’re a vegetarian. For one, some restaurants don’t even have a special menu for vegans. If you’re a dedicated vegetarian, be it by principle or by medical reasons, here are some useful tips you should consider before going on your next food trip with some friends. Continue reading →
For wine lovers, a visit to a winery is always a thrilling experience. Be it in Margaret River or any other area known for excellent wines, the stopover is always something to look forward to. For those just starting to explore the adventures into wine tasting and sojourns to wine country, here are a few pointers to keep in mind before making the trip: Continue reading →