The Best Margaret River Wineries & Cellar Doors 2019
Located around three hours' drive south of Perth, Margaret River is not the easiest Australian wine region to access, although it's absolutely worth the journey. Combining two of our favourite pastimes – wine tasting and surf - Margaret River offers over 200 world-class wineries and hundreds of kilometres of explorable pristine coast. It's the type of place that warrants repeat visits.
Margaret River has a Mediterranean-style climate that doesn't experience extreme temperatures during summer and winter, ensuring superb growing conditions. Paired with the expert winemaking practices, what you have is an abundance of wineries producing consistently high-quality fruit, resulting in many award-winning wines.
Principal grape varieties are closely split between red and white, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and more of your favourites produced within the region.
To help plan your trip to the internationally-renowned Margaret River, we've curated a selection of wineries that deliver the best cellar door experience.
Swings & Roundabouts Cellar Door and Taphouse
Swings & Roundabouts blends modern décor and traditional cuisine. Stunning views of the winery complement the cellar door tasting experience. From Margaret River favourites to Western Australian blends, there's something here to suit every palate.
The good times continue back in the heart of Margaret River at the Swings & Roundabouts Taphouse. Sunday sessions, dinner dates, family events and evening drinks. It's the same great wine with the added benefit of being located closer to your accommodation.
2807 Caves Road, Yallingup
They are currently closed for renovations.
85 Bussel Hwy, Margaret River
Open Monday - Thursday 3pm – 9pm, Friday - Sunday 11am – to late
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Hay Shed Hill
Hay Shed Hill is situated on one of Margaret River's oldest vineyards, and the cellar door has an extensive range of over 25 wines for tasting. Try the Cabernet Sauvignon, Spanish Tempranillo or sample something extra special from the rare museum release collection.
For dining, a six-course tapas degustation menu at Rustico is matched with premium Hay Shed Hill wines for what is bound to be a delectable feast. Also, the winery serves pizzas and possesses what could be the largest collection of European cheeses in Margaret River.
511 Harmans Mill Road, Wilyabrup
Open daily from 10am till 5pm
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Less than five minutes' drive from the beach, Howard Park winery is the perfect place to unwind after an early morning surf or swim. The award-winning architecture that houses the cellar door comes from a Feng Shui expert known for designing traditional temples across China.
Here, you'll have the unique opportunity to sample handcrafted wines produced from quality, locally-grown fruit. The nearby Wine Chapel is where happy couples go to tie the knot, and it’s also a high-end tasting room perfect for private functions.
543 Miamup Road, Margaret River
Open daily 10am to 5pm
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Hamelin Bay Wines
Close to the summer activities of coastal Augusta, the multiple trophy-winning Hamelin Bay Wines is surrounded by stunning vistas of the Five Ashes Vineyard, Rusty Valley and forest of tall Marri and Karri trees. It's the sort of place you will want to linger following wine tastings at the cellar door. Thanks to alfresco dining at the winery restaurant, it's possible to do just that.
199 McDonald Road, Karridale
Open daily from 10am to 4:45pm
Open daily from 12pm to 3pm
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Back in 1977, the Margaret River locals were finding it near impossible to source a drink. So, farmer Bill Ullinger began secretly producing illegal moonshine on his property. Those in the know would visit the infamous farm identified by its distinctly-coloured entrance to ask if there was any 'red gate' available.
Today, the highly awarded and very legal operation produces Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc among other wines which can be sampled at the cellar door. The picturesque vineyard is also a popular venue for weddings and events.
659 Boodjidup Road, Margaret River
Open daily from 10am to 4:30pm
Visit the Redgate Wines website
Nestled on the ridge of Yallingup and only 10 minutes from the coastal town of Dunsborough, the Credaro Estate Tuscan-style cellar door is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the 90-year history of the winery and to taste its premium range of award-winning wines. Pack a picnic lunch and dine on the surrounding terrace while enjoying any cellar door purchases. You might even catch the highlights of a Mediterranean-style wedding.
2715 Caves Road, Yallingup
Open daily from 10:30am to 5pm
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Perched beside Margaret River's oldest vineyard, Vasse Felix offers wine lovers an elegant selection of entertainment. The cellar door and tasting room take care of the wine. The art gallery and wine museum instil a sense of local culture, and the acclaimed restaurant showcases the best regional, seasonal produce to complement the wine over a long lunch.
Cnr Caves Road and Tom Cullity Drive, Margaret River
Open daily 10am to 5pm
Open daily 12pm to 3pm
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The Dutch farmsteads of South African settlers inspired the design of Voyager Estate's stunning cellar door and surrounding gardens. Once you've taken in this unique scenery, head inside and take a "Wine Flight" of the Estate's suggested wines, or create your own and sample some of the aged and limited releases. Be sure to reserve a table at the Voyager restaurant to experience the 7-course Discovery Menu curated by 2018 Regional Chef of the Year Santiago Fernandez. Up to 90% of the produce is grown on-site within the kitchen's garden.
41 Stevens Road, Margaret River
Open daily 10am to 5pm
Open daily 11:30am to 2:30pm
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Tucked away within a quiet bushland setting, Arimia is a boutique winery in Margaret River's famed Wilyabrup region and home to a cellar door, restaurant and guesthouse.
There's a great range of wines available for tasting including both Margaret River classics and distinct styles like Mourvedre and Zinfandel. The restaurant serves seasonal dishes with many ingredients, including pork, olives and honey sourced from the property itself. The self-contained guesthouse offers a unique family or couple's escape.
242 Quininup Road, Wilyabrup
Open Thursday to Monday 10am to 5pm
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Enjoying a picturesque location surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards, Juniper Estate is home to a welcoming cellar door that features both unique wines and a museum room where vintages may be purchased then enjoyed outside on the grass beside Wilyabrup Creek. The relaxed and friendly staff are more than happy to pass on recommendations regarding accommodation and dining within the region and were recently awarded ‘Best Large Cellar Door in Margaret River’ in the 2019 Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards.
98 Tom Cullity Drive, Cowaramup
Open daily 10am to 5pm
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For more great cellar door and winery guides, head to our 'Wine Regions' section!