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The stunning Margaret River wine region

 


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Vasse Felix Winery - Where it All Began

The Margaret River can thank its wine legacy to a cardiologist from Perth. It was 1967 when Dr. Tom Cullity, after a year searching and scouring endless sites, finally found what he believed to be his ideal land of “red gravel in redgum country, with clay about 18 inches below the surface.” 

 
The plot was $75 an acre and with the acquisition of eight acres, he began the first vineyard in the region, called Vasse Felix. Now Vasse Felix is one of Margaret River’s most acclaimed wineries and one of its most welcoming and sophisticated estates. You’ll know the minute you park and view the striking modern art sculptures installed around the property. The original underground cellar is open to the public, with an archive of Vasse Felix and Margaret River wine history. Taste the winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon (and Cabernet blends), Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blends in its elegant windowed tasting room, or stay for lunch in its fine dining restaurant. 
 
Corner of Tom Cullity Drive & Caves Road, Cowaramup, Western Australia, 6284
Tel:  +61 8 9756 5000  Fax: +61 8 9755 5425

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  • Snooth User: Caroline Henry
    Hand of Snooth
    332026 8,253

    Hi Matthew,
    great article but after reading the title on Twitter (WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S UP-AND-COMING WINE REGION) I was thinking of some obscure new trendy region rather than Margaret River - which is in my opinion pretty established both in WA and as one of Australia's premium wine regions:-) Together w the Barossa and the Hunter Valley I would even say that it is one of Australia's best known wine regions:-)

    May 07, 2012 at 2:01 PM


  • Snooth User: Bill427
    1017605 2

    Any news about Amadio wines becoming available in America ?

    May 07, 2012 at 4:48 PM


  • Snooth User: hugh27
    Hand of Snooth
    253137 65

    Arlewood Estates is one of the most scored and premium wines from the region at great price points- worth a try- one of the first of the WA greats
    Hugh

    May 07, 2012 at 5:29 PM


  • Snooth User: jennym
    183722 9

    Having our daughter living in Perth has meant five trips Down Under...and several to the Margaret River region. Have done a Bushtucker canoe trip (but took a pass on the witchetty grubs!), visited Cape Leeuwin...and walked for miles through the Kerri forest when our car died! Great memories...and truly great wines!

    May 07, 2012 at 5:43 PM


  • Snooth User: Bobby Boy
    219559 22

    My wife and I spent a very enjoyable 7 days there including Christmas Day last year.
    Wine highlights are the superlative Cabernet Sauvignon and blends (Moss Wood, Woodlands, Vasse Felix, Houghton Gladstones, Cape Mentelle, Gralyn, Lenton Brae etc.). Shiraz does not show as well here in my opinion. Some very good examples of Tempranillo - too hot for consistently good Pinot - maybe at Pemberton. With whites, Chardonnay is excellent (Leeuwin Estate, Vasse Felix, Pierro, Cullen etc) also Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends do very well, some see oak, others do not. Also some great winery Restaurants NB. Leeuwin Estate, Voyager etc)

    May 07, 2012 at 9:17 PM


  • Interesting introduction to what is, to my mind, a very well-established wine region. Only thing is that I find it hard to consider WA to be termed a cool-climate area. Sure the maritime proximity cools it but this seems generally one of the warmer areas of viticulture around the world. William B.

    May 08, 2012 at 10:10 AM


  • Snooth User: Gunny
    71994 1

    I have had the distinct pleasure of tasting Devil's Lair Reds. Big, superb wines. Give them a try.

    May 08, 2012 at 3:58 PM


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