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For many years, the fruit quality in Geographe has been an open secret. In recent times, the quality of the wines made here has improved dramatically and is showcased in the annual Geographe Wine Show. Small producers dominate the region, so the weekend is the best time to enjoy the cellar door experience. The scenery, especially the breath-taking vistas of the Ferguson Valley, is diverse and captivating. Alternative varieties, especially tempranillo, barbera, touriga, malbec and fiano, have become a speciality of the region. Peter Forrestal

Image courtesy of Barrecas Winery.

Barrecas Winery

Star Cellar Door

0439 641 894

Barrecas is run by Fil and Kelly Barreca on the South Western Highway near Donnybrook. It’s been established for more than 25 years, with Fil operating a contract grape-growing business in addition to making wine for his family label, most of which is sold through cellar door. Success with their barbera at the 2006 International Concours del Barbera in Piedmont encouraged them to experiment with less well-known varieties although shiraz remains their most important grape. The best wines include a succulent shiraz viognier, a wonderfully aromatic and super-smooth grenache and a plush malbec. Those enjoying alternative varieties may be unable to resist the Barbera Superiore. The cellar door is a comfortable, welcoming space with its tasteful use of jarrah a highlight. There is excellent Plumm glassware, as well as tasting platters for grazing. An impressive range of local artisan produce is also available, including the excellent Cambray cheeses. The light leads visitors outdoors where relaxation is likely to be the dominant activity. PETER  FORRESTAL

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2017 Barrecas Shiraz Viognier, A$45

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