By Fergal Gleeson
Cape Grace Wines
Cape Grace was established in 1996 by Robert and Karen Karri Davies and is now in it’s 20th vintage. Production has been kept small to maintain quality which allows them to use ‘small batch’ equipment like a basket press. They hold a 5 Star rating from Halliday Wine Companion and have collected 3 trophies and over 175 medals.
“The tin shed winery in the forest” is how Karen describes the Cellar Door. “You drive down a gravel road to the winery. Wildflowers grow by the road side. It is a working winery.”
“Visitors can see the barrels, tanks, open fermenters and basket press. During vintage you smell the wine being made! We are surrounded by bushland so there are stunning views from the window of the tasting room. ”
Their range includes the classic Margaret River varietals as well as still, sparkling and dessert versions of Chenin Blanc and single varietal Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Cape Grace offer a variety of experiences throughout the year including “The Winemakers Pick” during vintage where you get to immerse yourself in the winemaking process. You pick grapes, prepare them for fermentation, taste upcoming releases from the barrel and conclude with lunch to reward you for your hard work!
More at: www.capegracewines.com.au
Burnside Organic Farm
Burnside Organic Farm is owned by Jamie and Lara McCall, who describe Burnside as one of the smallest wineries in Margaret River. The offering is broader than just wine however. There are a variety of farm stay options in self-contained accommodation from luxury bungalows for couples to larger limestone options for families. The Farm Stay experience includes walks through the vineyards, markets gardens, fruit orchards and beehives where you can learn about organic farming. They keep pigs, cows, geese and chickens. Burnside are certified organic and biodynamic.
Their wine range comprises of table and sparkling versions of Vermentino, an Italian white grape varietal of great promise and Zinfandel, a powerful red that does well in Margaret River.
Farm Tours and Wine Tastings are available on Fridays.
More at : www.burnsideorganicfarm.com.au
From Your Margaret River Region Magazine