Tom Cullity Food & Wine Trail
There is more to wine trails than going from one wine cellar door to another tasting what is inside the glass. Before it all ends up in a bottle, a lot has gone into the process from fermentation, yeasts, and environmental impacts to the winemaker interventions and inputs. There is no better way to have a true feel of what a wine is all about except with complete immersion in the process, landscape, and people responsible for it.
This is what a visitor gets on the Tom Cullity Food & Wine Trail. It is a winding and slow exploration of a route that allows you to have interpersonal experiences at every juncture. You will find a winery in every bend on your route and the driving through the bushland is a good time to slow-drive and explore the environment as you watch out for kangaroos or cockatoo.
This is the trail where community merges with family, and you will have your closest personal interactions with winemakers along with the Margaret River Region. Stops on the trail include:
Margaret River Chocolate Company
You are probably not expecting chocolates on a wine trip, but that’s one of the many surprises you will get on this trail. There is excess chocolate of all types from little truffles to couverture bars. It is left to you to resist the sample bowls. If you are with kids or planning to buy something worth sharing to everybody when you get home, you can buy as much chocolate as you need here. There is also a large viewing window that gives a peek into the world of chocolate making, and children will definitely love to watch their favourite snacks being made.
Margaret River Providore Coward & Black Vineyards
This is where you can fill up your picnic basket with anything imaginable. Everything is here, from olive and olive oils, to spice mixes, jams, wines, desserts, homemade relishes, and lots more. There is also an organic vegetable patch with stories and insights written on signposts for you to wander through.
Family Run Wineries
The Ashbrook Estate, Thompson Estate, Heydon Estate, and Peacetree Estate, are four family-run vineyards located close to one another on this trail. The most significant is perhaps Ashbrook which has a 5 star Halliday winery rating and has produced forty vintages which makes it one of the best and quietest wineries in Australia. The others are equally unique in their own ways and offer you a unique experience.
There are other stops such as Margaret River Nougat Company, Bettenay Wines, Juniper Estate, and Vasse Felix.