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A Wine Lover's Guide to the Best Wineries in the Margaret River Region

With over 100 cellar doors to choose from, we’ve eliminated the guesswork with our pick of the best wineries in the Margaret River Region.

Rustico at Hay Shed Hill

So many wines, so little time. You could spend a lifetime exploring over 100 cellar doors, and with most of them being worthy of a tasting, narrowing down this list to the best wineries in the Margaret River Region was very difficult. No doubt you'll discover your own top wineries in impossibly beautiful settings with outstanding restaurants, galleries and accommodation to indulge those nagging tree-change fantasies. Or, you might be inspired to delve into the country’s other wine regions such as the Hunter Valley or the Adelaide Hills.

You might start to wonder how a region already blessed with staggering natural beauty can also be one of the most revered wine regions in the world. The heaving, well-drained soil carrying healthy marri trees was a good indication of the ideal grape growing conditions when discovered over 50 years ago. Combined with our Mediterranean climate, you have all the elements of producing excellent varietals, particularly the award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon.

Within a three-hour drive of Perth, you could be wine-swilling to your heart's content at the best wineries in the Margaret River Region.

Swings & Roundabouts (Image Credit: Best Restaurants in Australia)

Swings & Roundabouts 

A visit to Swings & Roundabouts is a must if you’re in the Margaret River region, and even more so if you’ve got kids in tow. It's easy to see why: the picturesque Yallingup vineyard, and restaurant boasts plenty of lawn space for picnicking (you can throw down a rug if you haven’t got a table), a big, yet cosy dining space, the nature-based playground is enormous, there’s an ice-cream van on site and the pours behind the bar are plentiful. There’s also a bar and restaurant in the Margaret River town, where you’ll find flagship Swings & Roundabouts wines on tap. 

2807 Caves Road, Yallingup 

Rustico at Hay Shed Hill

Rustico at Hay Shed Hill 

This is one of the best wineries in Margaret River; a total gem that offers an exquisite dining experience set against the backdrop of sprawling vineyards and rolling hills. Their renowned 5-course degustation menu is the most popular way to dine, paired with premium Hay Shed Hill wines, of course. Drawing inspiration from the local bounty of the Margaret River region, the chefs at Rustico craft dishes that are as visually stunning as they are delicious.

If you’re here for the wine tasting, you’ll be treated to more than 25 varieties; from the classics that Margaret River is famous for, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, to Spanish Tempranillo and Malbec. 

511 Harmans Mill Road, Wilyabrup 

Larry Cherubino

Larry Cherubino Wines  

Produce and provenance collide in spectacular fashion at this Tuscan-esque dream cellar door and winery in Margaret River. Larry Cherubino Wines is a must-visit destination, to enjoy a seasonal range of their wines available for tasting at all times, and experience special releases from the tasting room, plus cellar door exclusives and tasting flights. Whites are the name of the game here, with the winery having just been nominated for the International White Wine Producer of the Year award; sip on the impressively fruit-focused Chardonnay, but don't forget about the red's either - their Cabernet Sauvignon is a top notch tipple. 

3462 Caves Road, Wilyabrup 
Fishbone Wines

Fishbone Wines

Fishbone pride themselves on a purist approach to winemaking, and it shows. Come to savour some of Margaret River’s best vinos, and stay for the incredible Japanese food, stunning scenery and laid back vibes. Relax in the restaurant or out on the terrace overlooking the lush hills and the Wilyabrup brook, order the crowd favourites (the udon noodles, curry rice, bulgogi fries and freshly-made sushi) and wash it all down with a glass of award-winning Shiraz. These guys also do take-away sushi and chilled wine to-go. 

422 Harmans Mill Road, Wilyabrup

Howard Park

Howard Park 

Howard Park is one of those five star rated wineries in the Margaret River that is essential for gathering an astute taste of what wine in WA is all about. The winery itself operates across four regions in the state; Perth, Margaret River, Pemberton and the Great Southern.

Open daily from 10am to 5pm, settle into their beautiful Margaret River cellar door for an extensive choice of tasting options, either by range or variety, including methode traditionelle sparkling, Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon (starting from $10 per person). You can also experience the unique addition of a seated tasting flight, hosted and guided by one of their dedicated team and allowing you to compare current vintages alongside museum wines. Hosted tasting flights are available from $25 per person. All best served up with a gourmet platter to the side, of course!

543 Miamup Road, Cowaramup 

Voyager Estate

Voyager Estate

This enchanting estate, known for its commitment to crafting exceptional organic wines, instantly greets you with the scent of blooming gardens and native landscape. Wander through the charming Cape Dutch-style architecture of the cellar door and while away an afternoon in the elegant dining room, tasting the exceptional wines, and indulging in the incredible garden-to-plate menu. Whether you're a total wine connoisseur or enjoy a casual vino, a visit to Voyager is a Margaret River must. 

41 Stevens Road, Margaret River 

Cape Mentelle

Cape Mentelle

A James Halliday favourite, especially for the 2016 Two Vineyards Shiraz, Cape Mentelle is one of the five founding wineries in the region. Since opening in 1970, they've spent over 50 years perfecting sustainable practices across four vineyards over 150 hectares, such as precision irrigation, low power consumption and protecting the section of the Cape to Cape Track the winery is named after.

With sustainability and longevity at the forefront, Cape Mentelle has many more decades ahead. During a tasting or behind-the-scenes tour, you can learn more about their philosophy and wine.

331 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River

Leeuwin Estate

Leeuwin Estate Winery

Another one of the five founding wineries is the family-owned Leeuwin Estate, founded in 1972 by the revered Napa Valley winemaker Robert Mondavi. The estate is an ongoing celebration of fine wine, food, art and music. Some of their many accolades emerged from the Leeuwin Estate Art Series range, with bottle labels inspired by local artists and their gallery exhibiting over 150 artworks.

The restaurant has won almost as many awards, and current head chef Dan Gedge focuses on crafting a seasonal menu paired with the museum release wines. Time your visit with one of Leeuwin's live performances, including theatre productions and the Leeuwin Concert Series, which has attracted international stars such as Tom Jones and Chris Isaak.

Stevens Road, Margaret River

Mr Barval Wines

Mr Barval Fine Wines

The intriguing identity of Mr Barval is cleverly revealed by the region and varietal, namely Margaret River, Barolo (a rich Italian red wine) and Valtellina (a valley in the Lombardy region). This wordplay is about as taxing as it gets at this family-run winery overlooking Calgardup Lake and the Karri forest.

Focusing on Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Nebbiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon crafted from locally sourced grapes and working with indigenous yeast, they use traditional techniques to produce their small-batch range. After a tasting, check out the unique indigenous art collection, then lounge by the lake over a picnic of locally made cheeses and condiments.

Lot 7087 Caves Road, Margaret River

Aravina Estate

Aravina Estate

The sense of arrival while meandering through the lush foliage of Claret Ash trees and pink and blue hydrangeas prepares you for the big reveal. Emerge into Aravina Estate's cellar door, restaurant, pizzeria, brewery, surf and vintage car gallery.

Even if the food and wines weren't outstanding, the stunning grounds elevate Aravina to destination status. It would be very easy to while away the hours lounging by the lake overlooked by rolling vineyards with a bevvy and live music. Our picks include the 2014 Vintage Sparkling Blanc de Blanc and Wildwood Ridge Reserve 'Stella BDX' limited release.

61 Thornton Road, Yallingup

Deep Woods

Deep Woods Estate

Established in 1987, we almost didn’t share this secluded vineyard if only to keep all the award-winning Rosè to ourselves. Deep Woods Estate has ranked 25th in the James Suckling Top 100 Wines of the World for their 2021 Reserve Chardonnay. They’re the biggest producers of Rosè in the state, and their Chardonnay of other years and the Cabernet Sauvignon have also received excellent reviews.

This highly regarded state-of-the-art winery combines traditional and modern winemaking techniques, yet the casual cellar door inspires a lingering tasting and a laid-back BYO picnic overlooking gorgeous vineyard views. 

889 Commonage Road, Yallingup

Rivendell. Image credit: Siesta Park Holiday Resort

Rivendell Winery Estate

Rivendell Winery Estate has been a fixture on the wine trail since 1985. When the Gruenthal family took over in 2015, the young couple transformed this beautiful and dog-friendly venue into a premium function venue. Even if you're not a guest, anyone is welcome for a tasting at their cellar door showcasing Rivendell Winery Estate and Forester Estate wines.

They also serve high teas and grazing platters on the deck with local cheeses, charcuterie and other goodies from the region. The breathtaking grounds feature an intimate walled garden and an open area perfect for concerts, so keep an eye on their socials for upcoming events. While you're at it, book in for a mini-break in one of their villas surrounded by 30-year vines yielding cabernet.

1172 Wildwood Road, Yallingup

Wills Domain

Wills Domain

Set on 60 hectares in the Gunyulgup Valley in Yallingup, all your bases are covered at Wills Domain with its cellar door, accommodation and restaurant under executive chef Jed Gerrard.

Their labels include the everyday drinking Mystic Spring, limited-edition sparkling Cuvee Délevage and the traditional Eightfold. The Paladin Hill label is perfect for cellaring, especially the Paladin Matrix, a Bourdeaux-style blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The breathtaking vineyards have been the location of many weddings, especially as the homestead makes for the ideal setting for bridal parties and honeymoons.

17 Brash Road, Yallingup

Marq Wines

Marq Wines

Designed to be savoured over food, Marq Wines proudly produces its wines entirely from grapes grown locally in Wilyabrup, Yallingup and Karridale. This low-key cellar door invites you to saunter up to the bar for a tasting and a chat with winemaker Mark Warren.

Retreat to the grounds surrounded by vines and peppermint trees for a cheese or charcuterie platter and glass of wine, such as the Vermentino or DNA Cabernet Sauvignon.

860 Commonage Road, Yallingup

Amato Vino

Amato Vino

The coolest cellar door in the region undoubtedly belongs to Amato Vino. Join them around the kitchen bench, in the pretty, sunlight-dappled courtyard, or at the window bar and sample five wines for $10 per person. For a leisurely self drive experience be sure to check out the Savour Flight, at $15 per flight (3 sample wines – 50ml each) to enjoy these lo-fi wines your way. The Amato Vino label is the vehicle for alternative (or emerging) varieties, micro-batches and ‘lo-fi’ and experimental winemaking styles. It's 'wild' stuff - and truly delicious and unique to boot, making this one of the best new wineries in the Margaret River Region. Varieties include Nero d’Avola, Fiano, Bela [slankamenka bela], Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Teroldego, Carignano, Graciano, Tannat, Tempranillo, Trousseau…and more. Happy sipping!

3 Redgate Road, Witchcliffe

We’ve curated plenty more fun in the southwest to keep you entertained in the Margaret River Region. Check out our deep dive into the best cultural experiences in the Margaret River Region for more tripspiration. 

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