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Margaret River

This is a world-class wine region that has it all: spectacular scenery in the bush and on the beach; chardonnay and cabernet that ranks with the world’s finest, and many more wines to delight locals and visitors alike; a broad range of restaurants to showcase those wines; cellar doors to captivate and inform; classy art galleries – and so much more. Margaret River is dominated by family wineries of all sizes, with the long-established sitting comfortably alongside those of bright young winemakers delighting consumers by challenging the norm. Peter Forrestal

Image courtesy of Cullen Wines.

Cullen Wines

Star Cellar Door

(08) 9755 5277

As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, this is the perfect time to visit the iconic cellar door. Vanya Cullen, GT WINE’s Winemaker of the Year in 2000, is at the top of her game and Australia’s finest producer of biodynamic wines. She is a relentless experimenter, making new wines of excellent quality with seeming ease: not only the small volume (and expensive) Vanya Cabernet, the Kevin John Legacy Series, the Flower Day Vanya and the Fruit Day Malbec, but also the Amber, a skin-contact sauvignon blanc fermented in amphorae, and Red Moon, a malbec and petit verdot blend from the Mangan vineyard. The winery restaurant is excellent and a great place to relax over lunch, morning or afternoon tea. Additional products available from the cellar door include the winery’s honey, olive oil and eau-de-vies, which include a mouth-watering limoncello. Cullen is rightly proud of its carbon neutral status. PETER  FORRESTAL

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2019 Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon, A$140

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