Most people who head to the Margaret River region do so for the delicious wines on offer, and we were no exception! But as you may know, I’ve set myself a goal of tasting as many different beers as possible from around the world (any excuse eh!), and with Australia having an unbelievable number of breweries, I wanted to see what a beer from the Margaret River region tasted like. So after a bit of research, we booked a tour through Wine for Dudes in Margaret River.
After a hearty breakfast in preparation for the impending alcohol consumption, our pick up was right on cue, along with our guide for the day, Mandy. So before we knew it we were off on our tour with five other eager wine buffs! What followed was a day of delicious wines and beers in some of the most stunning settings in Margaret River…
Our guide was very flexible on the day, and eager to accommodate all requests for specific wineries or breweries, which was great as we’d asked if possible to visit a couple of breweries on our wine tour. Cheeky I know, but they said they were flexible and we wanted to test that out!
First up on tour was ‘Cape Mentelle’, the second oldest winery in the region where we tasted some absolutely delicious wines. Our host, along with our guide Mandy talked us through the nuances of making each of the wines on offer, and we were spoilt for choice on the wines available. Suitably refreshed, we were off to our second destination of the day, a local venison farm where we sampled four different tastings and were able to browse around the various meats and chutneys, buying anything we fancied.
Next up was ‘Laurance of Margaret River’, a stunning location and setting for our second tasting and lunch, and boy were we in for a treat! Sitting on the patio as the sun shone, the perfectly manicured gardens and lake glistening in the distance, we were treated to a fantastic selection of wines.
And then it was time for lunch. Mandy had picked the perfect lunch location, and the food was about to knock us out! Cold meats, chorizo, marinated duck legs, cheese and bread, we were in heaven and perfect timing to prepare us for our afternoon of further tastings!
It’s probably worth mentioning at this point that every single tasting is optional, and indeed you can taste and use the spittoon instead of swallowing should you wish! We declined.
Suitably full and satisfied, we left the luxury of Laurance and headed to our third tasting destination of the day: ‘Saracen Estate and Duckstein Brewery’. Catering for everyone, those who wanted to continue with wine tastings did so at Saracen Estate, and those who fancied a beer tasting could go next door to the Duckstein Brewery. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the gents of the group headed off to the brewery and the ladies continued with the wine tasting. Being indecisive as usual with beers, I opted for the tasting tray of beers of Pilsener, Hefeweis, Alt Bier, Dunkel and Dopplebock. All absolutely delicious, we sat on the terrace overlooking the lake and reflected on how hard a day this was for us.
Knocking back the last beer, we left for our last tasting of the day, again at a mixed venue of ‘Killerby Cellar Store’ and the ‘Cheeky Monkey Brewery’. Again the ladies opted for wine tasting and the gents for the beer tasting. It must be said that the beer tastings were an optional purchase and not part of the tour, but this didn’t stop anyone from sampling the beers of Cheeky Monkey. Again, five different beers were on offer, but this time with a couple of cheeky cider tastings thrown into the mix for good measure, again all delicious. We were also treated to a tour of the brewery as well, which gave us a great idea of where all these beers came from! We left suitably refreshed (again).
The last stop of our day was a classic one: the chocolate factory where we helped ourselves to the free samples and marvelled at just how much choice there was on offer.
And then, sadly, it was time to return to our hostel. It was a fleeting glimpse of luxury in a day where we visited some of the best venues in the region, tasted some of the best wines, ate some incredible food and ticked a few more beers off the list! For anyone thinking of a tour in Margaret River of wineries and breweries, we’d highly recommend Wine for Dudes!