Make Way for Chardonnay
Chardonnay is part of the royalty in the wine world if there is anything like that. It is the queen among grapes, and Margaret River Region boasts of some of the best chardonnays in the world. It is a place for you to find varieties of this wine with highly skilled winemakers and a perfect environment for growing grapes. If you are looking to experience chardonnay in its purest forms, this is definitely a place you should try out.
Chardonnay takes a substantial portion of white wine production in Australia with above 50 per cent. But it has not always been a fashionable wine, definitely not something you will consider as royal wine. Back in the 1980s, chardonnay was at its worse with a stream of oaky, buttery and flabby wines which made many people to avoid it.
Today, the wine has evolved into something that will leave your tastebuds tingling and wanting more. It now offers unrivalled elegance, finesse, and style. And Margaret River has the best of these wines. The expansive Margaret River Region is filled with different chardonnay spots, and our tour guides and experts have curated an extensive Chardonnay trail that allows you to encounter both iconic wineries as well as lesser-known ones who produce quality wines too. The stops on the Chardonnay trail include:
This is located close to the northern gateway of the Margaret River wine region. You will recognise it by its Hamptons-inspired cellar door, and you will get to taste their SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay. This is an award-winning chardonnay and is usually listed among the top 100 wines. So you are in for a treat.
Their 2017 Chardonnay, of which only six hundred dozen bottles were released ranked as top three chardonnays from Margaret River in 2017. This winery represents what hard work and passion can lead to, and you will be lucky to stop by along your trail.
This is one of the first vineyards in Wilyabrup Valley, Margaret River. It is owned by the Watson family and produces some of the best wines in Australia. While you are on a chardonnay trail, this is a unique opportunity, and you shouldn’t miss out on their Cabernet Sauvignon as well.
There are many other stops along the way, such as Leeuwin Estate, McHenry Hohnen, Xanadu Estate, Pierro, etc.