Feeling thirsty? Not for long! These five spots along The South West Edge combine local brews with local views, for an afternoon drink that looks as good as it tastes.
1. Cape Mentelle, Margaret River
The list of excellent wine experiences on offer in Margaret River is ever-growing, but a visit to Cape Mentelle is a worthy stand-out. One of the region’s “Founding Five” wineries, Cape Mentelle produces some of area’s most acclaimed wines, which you can try at the brand’s equally tasteful estate.
Whiz past gnarled old vines on the winding road to the cellar door – don’t mind the giant cinema screen (public outdoor movies are screened here during summer) – and meet a highly specialised guide like Julie Royle, who’s been giving tours here for more than a decade, for a tutored food and wine pairing in the Cabernet Cellar.
This is where the label’s flagship cab sav was once stored, and with rammed earth walls and vintage barrels, it’s quite a sight – but there’s more. Sample gourmet nibbles and sip on Cape Mentelle favourites while getting a flavourful education in how to match wine with food when you return to your own kitchen. Wait for the “aha” moment when buttery oyster mushrooms, topped with truffle oil and parmigiano-reggiano, are paired with a tannic shiraz – you’ll see what you’ve been doing wrong all your life.