An ideal way to discover South-west Australia is to drive through this rare wine region where stunning beaches, majestic forests, exhilarating surfing and beautiful caves congregate along great gastronomic trails, all within three hours from Perth.
Brewery and cidery
Arimia Estate (arimia.com.au) is one of Margaret River's newest additions and a short drive down Quininup Road off Caves Road. Sip award-winning wines in the breathtakingly beautiful estate, while partaking in the light-lunch menu served on the al fresco veranda.
Bestowed five stars by wine critic James Halliday, Credaro Family Estate (credarowines. com.au) has a tradition dating back to 1922 when the Northern Italian family settled over the picturesque Wildwood Valley and then involving themselves in the wine industry since the 1980s.
Seated tastings, tutored by knowledgeable staff or self-guided with a dedicated iPad app, are run at Voyager Estate Wine Room (voyagerestate.com.au). The awardwinning winery and restaurant provides complimentary tastings, and education sessions by Sommelier Claire Tonon.
Margaret River is fast gaining a reputation for its craft breweries. Head to Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery (cheekymonkeybrewery. com.au) to sample its new range of drinks and delicious food, in a cosy, rustic environment.
The intimate Wine at Night (tastethesouth.com.au) group tour combines classic wine appreciation at several boutique wineries, followed by dinner at a vineyard restaurant. Visit the barrel room of a selected winery or enjoy a tasting under the stars.