If you’re a wine aficionado and you haven’t been to the South West of Western Australia, you must put it on your bucket list. Not only is it a wine destination, it’s also an incredibly beautiful region. With stunning coastline stretching into the horizon, Australia’s first commercial grapevines and national parks for days, there’s plenty to get lost in.
Meet the locals in Harvey
Nestled in Harvey, Vineyard 28 is part of a real harvest experience. Named ‘28’ after the Port Lincoln Ringneck, a cheeky little parrot in Western Australia, this is a family winery with heart. Taste some of the wines, sample delicious local produce and hang out with local vineyard pooch Jasper. Don’t miss out on the Big Orange Tower, which is, unsurprisingly, a giant orange perched on top of a tower – it’s an iconic landmark.
World-class wines in Margaret River
The most famous wine region in Western Australia, this area has almost 100 cellar doors to explore. There are too many wineries to name, but drop by Voyager Estate, Olio Bello or Vasse Felix for a taste of the region’s well-known drops. If you’re feeling indecisive, try out Top Drop Tours or Harvest Tours for an expert curation. Pick up some bottles for the road and head to the Margaret River Farmers’ Markets for some extra treats – think woodfired bread, juicy dumplings, fresh pasta and gourmet dips.
Tapas and tastings in Pemberton
This region is known for its delicious pinots and Bordeaux-style wines. Try some of these drops at Treehouse Tapas and Wine Bar, which is known for its warm and hospitable ambience. It’s the perfect spot to linger with a glass in your hand, kick back and reminisce on all the delicious wines savoured and memories made during your time in the South West.
For more Australian adventures, check out the Winter 2021 edition of Caravanning Australia.