When we first looked at our round the world trip, we talked about Australia and what we wanted to see and do. Very quickly it became evident that we were both very keen to taste some wine! So on arrival into Australia, the first thing we did was take a wine tour with BushTucker Tours in Margaret river, about 3 hours drive south of Perth! Talk about getting into the swing of things.
Margaret River Australia
Margaret river is a popular wine growing region, with around 130 wineries producing 4% of Australia’s wine and 25% of its premium wine market. It’s location near the coast provides the perfect climate for growing wine, with original reports comparing the regions climate very favorably with Bordeux! We were ready for action.
Our mini bus for the day pulled up at 1030 and we jumped on board with our fellow wine appreciators ready for a day of serious wine tasting! There were 16 people on our tour bus that day, and we all chatted amongst ourselves as we were driven to the first destination of our trip. Our excitable and excellent tour guide Silvano regaled us with interesting facts about the Margaret river wine region and all that it had to offer. We were visiting four wineries, a brewery, a cheese factory and finally a chocolate factory. Laura was so excited she could almost burst.
And so it began. First up was Churchview winery, where we were treated to a delightful range of red and white wines, sampling 10 wines as the owner explained the nuances in wine making that create the different types of wine. Suitably refreshed, and having made a couple of purchases, we were off to our second winery of the day. At Brookwood estate we worked our way down a fantastic list of red and white wines as our guide explained the differences. Although a spitoon was provided at each place should you want to use, we declined each time as we found each of the wines absolutely delicious!
Quickly following this tasting was lunch, which was a delicious, veritable feast of cold meats, chutneys, breads and salad, all washed down with a glass of wine or beer should you prefer. It was delicious and just the tonic after a hard morning of tasting wine!
Following lunch, and stomachs full, we were ready for another round of wine tasting. Off we went to Tassell Park winery where again we were treated to some delicious reds and whites, and also the added excitement of some hot mulled wine served by our tour guide Silvano.
Following this, we were off to the Cowaraup Brewing company for some tasty microbrews, and because I couldn’t decide which beer to choose, I chose them all!
As you can tell, it had been a tough day so far (!) so we took a break from the wine and beer tasting to taste some more of the local delicacies in Margaret River: cheese and chocolate!
First up was the Margaret River Cheese Factory, where we sampled six different types of cheeses including delicious fresh feta and smoked cheddars. After making a purchase of chilli cheddar, we hopped back onto the bus for a short ride to the chocolate factory. This is where we went a little crazy. Having not really eaten any chocolate for a couple of months, we were presented with unlimited chocolate buttons to choose from (milk, dark and white). We’re ashamed to say we overindulged in the chocolate, but how can you not when this is presented to you:
Help yourself! Imagine it. After hitting a major sugar high, we had to leave. We were out of control and got back on the bus for our final destination of the day. Tha’ts right, after a day of wines, beers, meats, cheeses and chocolate, there was one more stop along the way, it was cocktail time!
Rocking up at The Grove, we were led to our own private tasting area where our host took us through some of the liqueur cocktails they are famous for: raspberry liqueur with dry ginger ale, macadamia nut liqueur with vanilla and cream, we were in heaven.
We absolutely loved our day our with Bushtuckers tours, and enjoyed the choice of wineries and pace of the day immensely. Margaret river is a great area to see and taste many wineries in close proximity! Now, time for the detox…
Disclaimer: we were sponsored guests of Bushtucker tours. As usual, all opinions are our own.