I’d highly recommend one day of your holiday doing a tour experience with a local guide. Someone who’ll get you into special places with local knowledge. There are dozens of tour operators, so have a look and do some research on what best suits the style of touring you are after.
Feel free to check out the Discovery Tour
if you want to combine both a wine experience and nature based activities. Described as “the tour for people who don’t do tours” this experience has been rated by Tripadvisor
as #1 tour to do in Margaret River for ten consecutive years.
But I’d also recommend doing some self drive road tripping. The new Tom Cullity Wine Trail drive is an awesome way to spend a day exploring the back roads of Margaret River.
Tom Cullity Wine Trail
A trip down Tom Cullity Drive involves more than a few cellar door tastings.
Intimacy is a prerequisite. Feeling the landscape. Knowing the people. The Margaret River
region is a place where community is family and the town lives with its arms wide open. Explore the Tom Cullity Wine Trail
and fall into the region’s embrace. Here’s a little taste tester to get you started:
It might not be an established grouping, but the stories behind these four family-run vineyards within a few hundred metres of each other on the Tom Cullity Trail has too much synchronicity not to address directly. Ashbroook Estate
. Heydon Estate
. Thompson Estate
. Peacetree Estate
. Each offers an insight into the intimate and devotional work that is boutique wine production. Of the land. Of the vines. Slow down up these four winding gravel driveways and be prepared for a warm welcome. You’ll be touching the heart of what makes this region special.
A historical drop
Juniper Estate’s connection to the identity of the area is strong – planted in 1973, it is one of the region’s oldest vineyards and subscribes to original methods: vines are dry grown, hand picked and hand pruned. It is a boutique process with great connection to the land. Then, there’s Vasse Felix, Margaret River’s founding wine estate. Vasse Felix is a stellar example of the polish and professionalism of larger scale wineries whose award-winning wines and international reach have helped push the Margaret River region’s wines into the broader global spotlight.
Discover the full Tom Cullity Wine Trail, compiled by Sarina Kamini, here.
About Margaret River Discovery Tours
Sean Blocksidge is the owner operator of the Margaret River Discovery Company, an avid photographer, blogger and South West WA ambassador. In 2010 he won Western Australian Guide of the Year and his tours have been rated the #1 thing to do in Australia on the Tripadvisor website for the past two years.
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