5 Unmissable Vineyards & Wineries to Visit in the Margaret River Region in Western Australia – Yoga, Wine & Travel

5 Unmissable Vineyards & Wineries to Visit in the Margaret River Region in Western Australia

The Margaret River region in Western Australia is world-renowned for its delectable wine and food. The region produces less than 3 per cent of Australia’s wine, but accounts for more than a fifth of its premium wine according to Tourism Australia. There are more than 120 wineries to explore and most of them will allow you to wander around to admire the beautiful grounds and taste their finest wine. Many also serve lunch and dinner so make sure you brace yourself for a day of gluttony! When there are so many vineyards to choose from, how do you narrow it down? Here are some wineries that I truly loved and would recommend to get your fill of delicious Australian wine and food. First things first…

How to get to the Margaret River region

The Margaret Region is located 3 hours away from Perth in Western Australia. The entire region starts from Busselton and Dunsborough in the north down to Augusta in the south. From Perth your best option is to rent a car to make the drive down south; alternatively, there are a limited number of buses that you can take via South West Coast Lines.

Is it possible to do a day trip to the Margaret River region from Perth? Yes, but be prepared for a long day of traveling. If you are planning on drinking, you’re better off spending a few nights in the region and exploring its pristine beaches, checking out the caves and Boranup Karri Forest, climbing the lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste or going whale watching along the coast.

Looking for another great day trip destination from Perth? Check out my guide to Rottnest Island!

How to get around the Margaret River region

Have a car? Great! Step 1: Find yourself a partner who understands your love of wine and is willing to miss out so that you can guzzle down that glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Alternatively, find a mate who is wiling to be designated driver! In Australia, it is an offence to drive while your blood alcohol concentration is 0.05 or above but there are exceptions where a 0 blood alcohol concentration applies. For more details click here. If no one wants to be left out of the winery fun, then you will need to organize a tour and driver. The good news is that there are plenty of tour operators who offer vineyard tours! Here is a list of winery tours.

Looking for other things to do and see in the Margaret River region? Click here for 9 visually stunning places you must visit in the Margaret River region!

Which wineries should I visit in the Margaret River region?

There are more than a hundred wineries to choose from, and there’s just no way you can visit each and every one (unless there is, in which case I commend your tenacity!). These 5 are tried-and-tested and worth your time and money.

1. Vasse Felix

Vasse Felix is considered one of the top wineries in Australia and offers everything from wine tasting to the full dining experience. Their cuisine is a modern take on classic Australian dishes and the wine is delectable. My fave? The classic dry white.

2. Barnyard 1978

Barnyard is one of the tastiest lunch spots that will keep you coming back time and time again for their handmade pasta and gourmet wine. The prawn pork chorizo ravioli = to die for. They are also open for breakfast on Saturday/Sunday if you’re looking to line your stomach before your wine tour.

Barnyard Margaret River
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Barnyard Margaret River 3

3. Aravina Estate

Aravina has a stunning garden, 180 acres of which about a third is under vine, and for some reason, a beautiful vintage sports car and motorcycle collection! If you’re a fan of sparkling wine, try their sparkling chenin blanc.

Margaret River weather: don’t forget, Australia’s summer season runs from December to February! The Margaret River region can be very cold during the winter months from June to August.

4. Voyager Estate

Voyager Estate is probably the most beautiful winery you will ever see in your life. The beautiful estate is covered with rose gardens and lush vineyards. Don’t be surprised when you see rows and rows of vine, each with a bright red or crisp white rose bush at the end of the row. Apparently, roses are able to show signs of pests and disease more quickly than vines, therefore acting as a warning system. If you’re peckish after an afternoon of wine tasting, try some of their scones and clotted cream.

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Voyager Estate 3

5. Flutes

Flutes is an award-winning winery with a view overlooking Wilyabrup Brook. Come here for a delicious meal and try the Brookland Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Click here for a selection of accommodation options in the Margaret River region! Tip: stay in Dunsborough, Yallingup or Margaret River (town)! Need some flexibility? Double check the cancellation policy – most places offer free cancellation.

Bonus!

If you’re a longtime reader you’ll know that I’m all about handing out bonus recommendations, so here we go! You’ll love Gabriel Chocolate and Bettenay’s if you have a sweet tooth or are looking for some great edible souvenirs for friends & family back home. Gabriel Chocolate is Western Australia’s first bean-to-bar chocolate makers and Bettenay’s offers an amazing selection of handmade nougat bars.

These 5 wineries only scratch the surface of fantastic vineyards to visit in the Margaret River region, but it’s a great place to start if you’re short on time!

Have you visited the Margaret River region? What are your tips to travelers visiting the area and what are some of your favourite wineries?

Looking for more travel tips and recommendations for Australia? Head on over here!

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  1. Leigh says:

    Wow, these are stunning vineyards! Ill have to save this post for when we visit that side of the world! If you loved these, you’ll love Cape Town’s Vineyards too! It reminds me so much of it.

    • Flo says:

      I’m hoping to visit South Africa next year! Please let me know if you have any faves in Cape Town that we shouldn’t miss 🙂

  2. Lyne says:

    Despite being French I don’t actually really enjoy wine, however all those vineyards looks gorgeous and seems to offer plenty of interesting things to do/look at. Voyager Estate indeed is stunning, I hope I can visit one day !

  3. Elena says:

    I have never been to Australia but my sister lives in Sydney and I hope I will come next year after the Christmas holidays..so I am really happy I find your blog because I need some travel recommendations about Australia!

  4. Madhurima says:

    Your pictures! I loved! Australia is a distant dream but may be, someday!

  5. These are stunning vineyards, I hope I can go someday! love wine!

  6. Christine says:

    OMG these look amazing!!! I have never been to Australia, but when I go I will definitely be visiting the vineyards! Barnyard looks Ah-Mazing!!!

  7. Lizzie says:

    This actually sounds really amazing and the pictures are really beautiful. I guess I will have to add this to the list.

  8. Such gorgeous vineyards Flo, I’m guessing you stuck with the white wines?! When were you in Australia? NZ isn’t too far away you know! xx 😉

    • Flo says:

      You’re absolutely right Priti – strictly white wine for me! <3 I have friends in Australia and my partner is from there, so we go back every year or so 🙂

  9. Lisa N says:

    I loveeeeee visiting wineries and personally a red wine collector. Although I have never visited Australia, the Voyager Estate sounds like a hit! (and looks absolutely stunning) Great post, very informative and your pictures are stunning!

  10. Tatum Skipper says:

    WOW, had never even thought of Austrailia being any sort of wine region. The scenery is just amazing, as I am sure the weather is too. Those flower arches leading to the vineyards and ugh, that fresh mozzarella! I would be in heaven.

  11. Venessa says:

    Omg Voyage Estates looks AMAZING!!! Putting these on out list of things to see while in Aus!

  12. Kellyn says:

    This place is so beautiful. I love the food. The flowers and everything is slowly drawing me in. Thanks for sharing. I added to my Pinterest for later.

  13. I love wine and am hope to visit Australia at some point so will be adding this to my list! Looks beautiful!

  14. mihaela says:

    You certainly hit the spot for me with this post Flo! I love ALL of them! Hoping to make to Oz some day too!

  15. Kar says:

    Australia looks like a good place for visiting some wineries. I love the pictures. The wineries seem like beautiful and peaceful places to spend your time, even if you don’t like wine too much.

  16. Cw says:

    Wow! This pique my interest. I wonder what is the distinct flavor on Australian wine!

  17. Ada says:

    I am such a wine lover but to be honest I have never visited any winery yet! I cant wait to visit Australia one day and who knows maybe Ill visit my first vinery over there 🙂 All of them looks lovely ! So beautiful!

    • Flo says:

      I hope you get to visit soon, Ada! In addition to amazing wine the wineries offer delicious food and gorgeous scenery. Enjoy!

  18. First of all, I’m a wine lover! Second, I’ve been wanting to visit Australia since sometime now!!! Put together, this is an awesome guide for me! I knew of nothing except Yarra Valley Wines. I should get to Margaret River Regions!

    • Flo says:

      Australia is amazing – it has a few different wine regions including Yarra Valley, Barossa in southern Australia and Margaret River, just to name a few!

  19. Tony says:

    Thanks for sharing. Surprisingly Adelaide is the only State we haven’t yet visited. We always head down to Stanthorpe, been to Mary Valley, Hunter Valley, wineries in Canberra, Tamar Valley in Tassie but Adelaide and the Margaret River are on our list. I’ve saved and shared to hopefully check these wineries out some time soon.

  20. Barnyard 1978 looks delicious, though I think my 6yo boy would prefer to visit Aravina 😉 We’re still figuring out our Australia itinerary, but WA just moved higher on the list thanks to your post!

  21. We love the vineyard that looks over the sea. It’s very scenic. We’ve never visited a vineyard/winery before, but it would be really great to order some of the finest wines (sweet, of course) and pair it with cheese. Barnyard 1978 will probably be our first stop because it serves delicious food! Hehehe!

  22. Kate says:

    I just got into wine so, this is great! The pictures are fantastic! I’m a little shocked to see that Australia is an up and coming wine region. I would think that the wine is a little acidic?

    • Flo says:

      Australia’s been a massive wine region for ages! 🙂 It has a long history of winemaking – I hope you get to visit soon, I think you’d really enjoy the wine tours!

  23. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    These are some great and picturesque vineyards and wineries. The Margaret river region seems to be a haven for wine and vineyards. Though all of them look irresistible, I was bowled over by Aravina Estate, it looks straight out of a fairytale. Another fascinating point is that it has a collection of vintage cars and motorcyles which make it so fascinating.

  24. Anita says:

    I love visiting wineries. Those on your list look just gorgeous. Especially I liked what you were saying about Voyager Estate. If I ever would go back to Australia, this would be a great trip to make. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Ariane says:

    Oooh love your bonus about Gabriel Chocolate… I might go and visit and taste sometime soon 🙂 The Margaret River Region looks absolutely gorgeous!

  26. I’ve actually never tried Australian wine but am a huge wine lover. One of my dreams is to go to all the big areas of the world and see vineyards. Would love to visit some of these.

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