The Best Wineries in Margaret River
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 experiences. There’s so much to take in, so we’ve compiled a list of highlights for you including activities that may be of interest, recommended places to stay for your visit, and some tips on where to grab a delicious meal while you’re there. Let’s dive in, there’s a lot to explore in this stunning wine region!
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Swings & Roundabouts Cellar Door and Taphouse
Swings & Roundabouts blends modern décor and traditional cuisine in a comfortable, versatile space with music, open fires, and a huge lawn. 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 Bar and Restaurant. 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.
Cellar Door and Restaurant
2807 Caves Road, Yallingup
Open 6 days a week 10am – 5pm, kitchen 11am – 4pm (closed Wednesdays)
Bar and Restaurant
85 Bussel Hwy, Margaret River
Open 3pm – late (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
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Hay Shed Hill
Hay Shed Hill is situated on one of Margaret River's oldest vineyards in the heart of the Wilyabrup Valley. Their cellar door offers an extensive range of wines for tasting, from Margaret River classics like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to Spanish Tempranillo, or sample something extra special from the rare museum release collection.
For dining, a five-course degustation menu at Rustico is matched with premium Hay Shed Hill wines for what is bound to be a delectable feast. Fresh oysters are also available if you’re after a light bite.
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 popular summer locales of coastal Hamelin Bay and Augusta, the multiple Trophy-winning Hamelin Bay Wines is surrounded by stunning vistas of the Five Ashes Vineyard, Rusty Valley and forests of majestic 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 4:30pm
Open daily from 12pm to 2:30pm
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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 100-year history of the Credaro family and to taste their premium range of award-winning wines, including Italian varietals that started their wine journey a century ago. 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, Cowaramup
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 choose from a selection of wine flights of the Estate's suggested wines or create your own and sample some of the aged and limited releases.
If you’re hungry, pair your tasting with a delicious platter of charcuterie and cheese, or reserve a table at the Voyager restaurant to enjoy a sustainably-minded lunch experience bringing together exceptional regional produce and the estate’s organically-farmed wines. Up to 90% of the produce is grown on-site within the kitchen's garden.
41 Stevens Road, Margaret River
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30am to 5pm (reservations are essential)
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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.
On long weekends throughout the year, the Juniper team create woodfire pizzas for visitors to enjoy. Outside of these times, visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic to enjoy with Juniper Estate wines after their tasting.
98 Tom Cullity Drive, Cowaramup
Open daily 10am to 5pm
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Family-owned and operated for over 40 years, Ashbrook Estate produces handcrafted varietal wines with a focus on sustainable vineyard practices. Visitors can sample their wines in the Estate’s colonial style mud brick winery, located amongst picturesque farmland and stunning natural forest.
379 Tom Cullity Drive, Wilyabrup
Open daily 10am – 5pm
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Churchview pride themselves on cultivating, crafting and cherishing their land, grapes and wine. Their extensive portfolio of exciting, rare and unique wines can be tasted at the period cottage tasting room, with their friendly and knowledgeable leading you through an informative tasting that will stimulate and invigorate your senses.
Bring your own picnic to enjoy with your wine tasting or choose from the cellar door’s own charcuterie and cheese menu to create your own picnic-style lunch. Churchview are a dog-friendly vineyard, with four-legged friends welcome in the estate’s public areas and gardens.
Cnr Gale Road & Bussel Highway, Metricup
Open 10am – 5pm, Monday to Saturday
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Domaine Naturaliste is renowned winemaker Bruce Duke’s homage to the region where he honed his craft. The cellar door is nestled between vines on pristine land in the heart of Wilyabrup. Stop in for a tasting of their premium wine ranges at their tasting bar or a guided wine flight from a collection of premium wine samples. A range of charcuterie and cheese platters are also on offer to enjoy alongside your tasting experience.
160 Johnson Rd, Wilyabrup
Open daily 10am – 5pm
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Driftwood Estate is a boutique winery and one of Margaret River’s most iconic vineyards, offering visitors premium wines to be enjoyed overlooking the picturesque vineyard and unique amphitheatre ruins setting. Visit for a tasting of wines from their Single Site, Artifacts, Collection, and Oceania wine ranges.
3314 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup
Open 11am – 4pm, Thursday to Sunday
Fishbone Wines is a boutique winery set on a picturesque expanse of gently sloping hills near the Wilyabrup brook. Fishbone celebrates the natural beauty of the region, producing wines which reflect the character and diversity of the land. Visitors can enjoy lunch with their wine tasting at Fishbone’s refined and elegant Japanese restaurant, overlooking stunning vineyard views. Sushi-to-go and wine are available for take-away, making it a great place to stop in if you’re after something more casual.
422 Harmans Mill Rd
Cellar Door & Restaurant
Open 10am – 4:30pm, Thursday to Tuesday
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Snake + Herring
Snake + Herring seek remarkable grapes from premium vineyards across Western Australia to craft their delicious wines. With a commitment to curiosity and new-world thinking, winemaker Tony ‘Snake’ Davis explores unconventional combinations of regions and varieties, crafting memorable wines. Taste the fruits of his labour at Snake + Herring’s cellar door which offers a relaxed and unpretentious space to enjoy a tasting. You can also try their latest triumph – the Yarri Restaurant + Bar in the township of Dunsborough, with awarded chef Aaron Carr at the helm.
3763 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup
Open daily: 11am – 5pm (Oct to Apr) and 11am – 4pm (May to Sept)
7/16 Cyrillean Way, Dunsborough
Open 4pm – late, Tuesday to Saturday
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Located in the Wilyabrup valley, Thompson Estate’s vineyard benefits from the unique maritime climate and exceptional soils that are the foundations of the high-quality wines produced in the region. They welcome visitors to their cellar door, where you can enjoy a tasting of their award-winning wines in the relaxed atmosphere of their barrel room. Sample from their Specialist, Estate, and Four Chambers ranges of wines which showcase varieties and blends that Margaret River has become renowned for including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Merlot.
299 Tom Cullity Drive, Wilyabrup
Open 10:30am – 4:30pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays
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A combination of food and wine excellence has made Wills Domain a celebrated foodie destination. It is a must-visit destination for any Margaret River trip, boasting a top-rated winery, stellar restaurant, friendly cellar door, homestead accommodation, and vineyard wedding venue.
Enjoy a tasting in their gorgeous cellar door, surrounded by sun-drenched vineyard views, or keen wine enthusiasts can take it up a notch and indulge in a Museum wine tasting, experiencing perfectly cellar-aged wines at their peak. And if you’re hungry you’ve got options. Keep it casual and enjoy a delectable snack platter on the deck or sprawling lawns, or savour a standout meal at Wills Domain’s award-winning restaurant, hailed as one of the best fine-dining restaurants in Margaret River.
Lot 341 Brash Road, Yallingup
Cellar Door open daily 10am to 5pm
Restaurant open 12pm to 3pm, Thursday to Monday
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Woody Nook Wines
Nestled just a few kilometres from the Indian Ocean, family-owned boutique winery Woody Nook is situated on a ridge of rich gravelly loam that produces wines with full fruit flavours and distinctive varietal characteristics. Drop by and enjoy a tasting at their charming cellar door, guided by their knowledgeable cellar door staff. The on-site Nookery Café, which seats up to 120 people, has a rustic, cosy vibe with multiple spaces to enjoy a bit to eat, including an all-weather alfresco patio. There’s also a grassy play area for kids plus meal options especially for them, so families can enjoy a visit to Woody Nook.
506 Metricup Rd, Wilyabrup
Cellar door open daily, 10am – 4:30pm
The Nookery Café open daily 8:30 – 11am for breakfast, 11:30am – 3pm for lunch
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MARGARET RIVER
With so many great wineries to visit in Margaret River, and much more, you’re not going to want to rush your trip. So where are the best places to stay in Margaret River?
Here are some of our top picks:
Set amidst the unspoiled natural beauty of Margaret River, Barn Hives offers an eco-luxury tourist destination for those seeking adventure, relaxation, honeymoons, or a nature retreat. These eco-friendly pods provide a premium experience while leaving a minimal environmental footprint. Set near Smith's white sand beach and conveniently close to all amenities Margaret River has to offer, Barn Hives is a true blend of modern and natural.
Nestled amongst the vines at Fermoy Winery, The Lodge is a charming 4-bedroom private residence. Recently renovated and well-appointed, this comfortable and modern home is the ideal accommodation for friends or family gatherings. Sleeping up to 8 people, the lodge provides a serene and light-filled sanctuary on the estate, offering picturesque vineyard views from its large windows.
The Homestead is a delightful self-catering holiday home situated just across the road from Cullen Wines with sweeping panoramic vineyard views. It offers a perfect retreat for individuals, couples, families, and corporate groups amidst tranquil country surroundings. Located within easy reach, the Homestead is a short walk from Cullen Wines, a 15-minute drive to Gracetown beach, 20 minutes from Margaret River, and 30 minutes from Dunsborough, making it a well-situated and rejuvenating getaway.
Enjoy convenience and serenity with wine on your doorstep and beautiful lake or bushland views at Bettenay’s. Whether you’re after a family getaway where the kids can play and explore, a relaxing break with friends or a romantic escape, Bettenay’s is a great choice with options including a lakeside spa apartment and 2 and 3-bedroom chalets. All just a few minutes’ drive to restaurants, beaches, breweries and more.
A Luxury Lodge of Australia, Cape Lodge offers a serene and luxurious retreat. With 22 rooms, a private residence, and an iconic restaurant, this tranquil lodge provides a home away from home experience. Guests can relax and unwind under the shade of peppermint trees with a good book, lounge by the pool with a glass of wine, or indulge in a game of tennis or croquet on-site. Conveniently situated between the charming town sites of Margaret River, Dunsborough, and Yallingup.
Offering guests a tranquil slice of paradise, this destination provides the perfect escape from the daily hustle and bustle. Surrounded by Jarrah forest, the estate features three beautiful self-contained chalets, each equipped with two-person spas, barbeque facilities, and reverse cycle air-conditioning. Unspoiled and private, these chalets offer a peaceful oasis, allowing guests to embrace and cherish the natural beauty of their surroundings. It's an ideal haven to explore and experience everything the region has to offer.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN MARGARET RIVER
This abundant region has some wonderful culinary venues, including Margaret River winery restaurants and cafes, for you to enjoy a meal during your visit. Here is just a taste of the best places to eat in Margaret River.
The Western Australian Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year for 2023, Frui momento at Cherubino in Wilyabrup is a culinary destination to put on your list when visiting Margaret River. It offers a main dining room menu and an alfresco menu, along with an extensive wine and drinks list.
Located in popular Dunsborough, Lady Lola is a classic bistro, come bar, come deli. This casual yet refined venue offers an always evolving menu of delicious options including share plates, where the sustainably sourced produce shines through.
Enjoy stunning bushland and vineyard views while you sample rustic Mediterranean-inspired and locally sourced dishes, including woodfired pizza, at the cellar door and restaurant in Yallingup. Choose the comfortable, cosy indoors or the lawn and alfresco area to enjoy your food with a glass of Swings & Roundabouts wine.
Conveniently situated in the heart of Margaret River town, the stylish and airy bar and restaurant of Swings & Roundabout is a great place to relax after a long day exploring the region with a wrap-around balcony, a seasonal menu, and an eclectic drinks list, including flagship Swings & Roundabouts wines on tap.
Serving up delicious pub fare, woodfired pizza and cold beer tapped straight from the brewery, Margaret River Brewhouse is a great option when you’re hungry or in need of a cold beverage to break up your wine tasting activities. Located on the banks of the Margaret River in the town centre.
This American-style diner serves up a range of delicious burgers, beverages, and soft serve ice cream – fun, easy food done right! After years of towing around a food van, the team has opened its flagship bricks and mortar ship in the heart of Margaret River Town.
A highlight of any trip to the Margaret River wine region is a meal at the lakeside Cape Lodge restaurant. Their ingredient-driven seasonal menu is curated daily, with a choice of a three-course or five-course menu.
Overlooking the estate’s vineyards, the award-winning restaurant at Wills Domain offers an exceptional fine-dining experience with a focus on sustainable, wild-harvested produce. Choose between a 2-, 4- or 7- course degustation experience.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN MARGARET RIVER
While the magnificent cellar doors of this world-famous region might be the main attraction during your visit to Margaret River, there are many other activities and attractions worth checking out. Here are some of the best things to do in the Margaret River wine region.
Visit to the region’s pristine beaches with turquoise blue water is a must-do on any trip to this gorgeous southwest pocket of Western Australia. From the swimming beaches in Dunsborough and Busselton to the world-famous surf beaches of Yallingup and Gracetown you’re spoilt for choice.
The region is as spectacular underground as it is on top, boasting over 100 spectacular limestone caves, some of which you can visit. Popular cave tours in the Margaret River region are Lake Cave, Jewel Cave, Mammoth Cave, and Ngilgi Cave. Learn about stalagmites, stalactites, and more.
Park the car and jump on a bike instead to experience Margaret River’s vineyards on this wine trail using two wheels. Riders can stop in at some of the region’s most famed vineyards including Cape Mentelle, Xanadu, and Voyager Estate.
Situated at the most south-westerly point of Western Australia, on the headland of Cape Leeuwin, is the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia. This working historic lighthouse has tours daily, and magnificent views of the Indian Ocean to the west, and the Southern Ocean to the south and east.
With an estimated 35,000 whales migrating along WA’s coast from June to December every year, the Margaret River region is an ideal place to experience the beauty of these majestic creatures. Spot them from the shore or book in a whale watching tour. Species you can see making this epic migration journey include Humpback, Southern Right, Minke and Blue Whales.
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