Wineries with a difference.
You might be forgiven for thinking that Margaret River wineries are all about wine. Well, they are, mostly. But several are branching out into other areas and offering much more than merely vinum bonum.
Over the last summer we’ve been privileged to watch a Shakespeare Play, a James Bond movie, as well as taste wine and have lunch at winery restaurants. We’ve oggled pottery, gawped at fine art and wandered in beautiful gardens.
How lovely the evening events are and how pleasant it is to be sitting out, on the grass, under the stars surrounded by vineyards.
There are some very special restaurants at some of the Wine Estates, and those I’ll write about in a future blog post, but there are several wineries that go the extra mile and offer something even more, and a little unexpected.
Although not in Margaret River, I have to mention St Aidan’s Estate in the Ferguson Valley . Throughout the summer they have rural cinemas present an outdoor movie. The setting at St Aiden’s winery is perfect because the lawns sweep down to a brook, and so the slope makes a perfect amphitheatre for people to come sit and bring their picnics.
We went to watch the new James Bond movie, Skyfall, and as the stars twinkled so we were taken on a voyage of escapism to Scotland with Bond, James Bond and his gorgeous consorts, helped along with a very nice bottle of St Aiden’s Merlot, and a fabulous picnic hamper for two (order your picnic hampers in advance if you want one).
So what can you expect from some of the Margaret River Wineries?
Leeuwin and Sandalford put on fabulous concerts each year with international performers. Book early.
Cape Mentelle offer outdoor Movies in the Vineyard during summertime.
Voyager Estate stages plays on the lush lawns by the cellar door.
Happs offer a large selection of fine, home made pottery.
Leeuwin, Vasse Felix, Hayshed Hill, Wills Domain and Laurance all have art on display or for sale.
I’m still exploring, and there’s yet more to discover, but one thing’s for sure; there is plenty to do for the more culturally minded in Margaret River beyond drinking wine.