Special thank you to Tom, who provided some of the photos for this post!
If we dipped our toes into the Margaret River world of wine the day before, we absolutely swan dived into it on Day 2 – all thanks to Wine for Dudes, a tour company run by a New Zealander named John who’s been living and drinking in Margaret River for over a decade. If you’re looking for a fun wine tour in this area with an incredibly knowledgeable guide, Wine for Dudes is just what you want!
Our first stop of the day was Vasse Felix, Margaret River’s oldest winery. We kicked off the day by sampling 6 (oh hello, 10:00 am wake-up call) different wines, including their signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Interestingly enough, my favorite was the 2016 Classic Dry White, which is a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. I’m not generally a white wine lover, but I really enjoyed this one. Sadly, sending a case back to the US would cost $250 – plus the cost of wine!
I also had fun strolling through the art gallery in the winery, and wish I had had a bit more time to wander.
Our next stop was Hay Shed Hill. Our sommelier, Gaurav, was especially helpful in describing how to try the wines. And he even got Hayley to sample a red, which was a small miracle in and of itself.
After our tasting, it was time for lunch! This included a selection of pizzas (the salmon, goat cheese, and dill was my favorite) and salad. Sadly, I did not get any photos because when you’re dining with starving strangers, they’re usually unconcerned with you getting the perfect shot for your blog.
We also got to create our own blend of Shiraz and Cabernet, using test tubes and everything. My preferred blend was a pretty even mix of the two.
Our third stop of the day was Streicker, which was probably my least favorite of the four wineries we visited. The wine was good (my favorite was their most expensive cab sauv, no surprise there) but the sommelier blitzed through the wines so fast I hardly knew what I was tasting. Granted, we tried quite a few, but it felt very rushed.
Our last winery of the day was the most beautiful in my opinion. Fairly new to the Margaret River region, Amelia Park Wines has a gorgeous facility.
We sipped on our wine and enjoyed the view.
Our day ended at Brewhouse Margaret River, located just a bit outside of the town itself. I really enjoyed all of their beer – much more so than Eagle Bay – but their Bastard Brown was my favorite.
The rest of our time in Margaret River was spent sampling more wine, wandering the town, and on Monday, slowly making our way back to Perth. But on the way, we checked out what turned would be one of my favorite stops of the week: Canal Rocks.
This coastal walkway allows you to actually walk out over the water and watch the waves crash on the rocks below.
Spending the weekend in Margaret River was a wonderful introduction to Australia, and got me even more excited for the week ahead in Perth!