T he southwest corner of Australia is noted for its fine wines, eucalyptus forests, surfing beaches and Mediterranean climate. The youngest of Australia’s wine regions — the first vines were planted in 1967 — Margaret River produces bottlings of genuine finesse, which are markedly different from the bolder wines made elsewhere in Australia. The town of Margaret River lies three hours’ drive south of Perth, 6 miles from the sea.
The whole area is reminiscent of the Wine Country north of San Francisco. An excursion to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is strongly recommended.
We recommend visits to these three vineyards, as they have restaurants that are ideal for lunch: Vasse Felix, close to Cape Lodge, welcomes visitors with a well-run tasting room; Wills Domain is reached by a long driveway that leads to a pavilion-like building with an art gallery, a fine restaurant and a tasting area; and Leeuwin Estate has an exquisite setting and often hosts notable musical events.