Margaret River

February 12, 2009 – Margaret River

Sign on the river by the town of the same name
Sign on the river by the town of the same name

Grey skies and occasional rain kept me from photographing much of our route through the wine country that surrounds the Margaret River. The little town of that name is a center for tourists, artists, and people wanting alternative lifestyles, as well as for farmers and service providers.

Margaret River
is internationally known as the home of some of Australia’s best-known wines. Voyager and Leeuwin are two of its most famous wineries, but there are plenty of others, such as Settlers Ridge (organic wines), Xanadu, Cullen, and Amberley. Foodies can find gourmet fare at many award-winning wineries in the region.

It was in Margaret River we found the gourmet ingredients for the meal we’d offered to prepare for our hosts. We bought fresh fruits and vegetables at River Fresh IGA, free-range chicken, harissa sauce, local cheeses, crusty bread at The Larder, and a steamed pudding with raspberry sauce at The Good Olive. In Cowaramup, north of Margaret River, we spotted a little store selling Settlers Ridge organic wines and bought a Cabernet Merlot blend to accompany the feast.

Mostly we just enjoyed the beautiful scenery along the road to Margaret River and on down to the coast at Augusta, then along Caves Road, which wanders nearer the coast, with occasional detours down to the beach.

South African style buildings at Voyager Estate
South African style buildings at Voyager Estate

We did stop at Voyager Winery, where buildings are modeled after a South African farmstead and eight full-time gardeners are employed to maintain acres of lawns and gardens.

Cathryn in the gardens of Voyager Estate
Cathryn in the gardens of Voyager Estate

Grapes are ripening, so acres of netting have been spread in an attempt to protect the harvest from flocks of marauding avian visitors.

Netting protects grapes from birds at Voyager Estate Winery
Netting protects grapes from birds at Voyager Estate Winery

This part of Australia is the farthest southwest corner of the island continent. The lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin stands as marker.

Southwestery corner of Western Australia
Southwestery corner of Western Australia
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One thought on “Margaret River

  1. Michelle

    Seeing your photos taken at Voyager Estate makes me drool with the memory of a lushous lunch Miriam and I shared there. It was the discovery of Pesian Fetta for me…..life has not been the same since!

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