Must-visit Margaret River cellar doors

By Halliday Promotion

With more five-star rated wineries than any other region in Australia, Margaret River has an embarrassment of riches to offer visiting wine lovers. Ahead, we whittle down the options to five cellar doors with icon wines, sumptuous lunches, stellar views and even art galleries as part of their spaces.

Cullen Wines

This is one of the region’s legendary wineries and an essential event on any Margaret River itinerary. As well as being known for benchmark wine the Diana Madeline, Cullen is famed for its sharp attention to detail and highly precise practises. Certified Biodynamic and carbon neutral, this is light-touch, light-footprint winemaking that sees stunning results in the bottle. Taste the beauty of Cullen’s wines in a warm, laidback environment with vines on every side. For a small fee, you can feed your inner wine nerd with a back catalogue of ultra-premium and aged examples. Let your pups and kiddos run wild outside while you soak up some sunshine, or step up the indulgence with a multi-course meal at the Age Good Food Guide double-hatted restaurant.

Perfect for: Wine geeks, especially when visiting for the International Chardonnay Tasting that takes place here each November, and walkers searching for a worthy place to reward themselves after completing the close-by Cape-to-Cape track. Open 10am to 4.30pm daily.

On pour: Sauvignon blanc, semillon, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, petit verdot.

cullenwines.com.au | 08 9755 5277 | 4323 Caves Road, Wilyabrup


Vasse Felix

History, art, activity and wine collide at Margaret River's founding wine estate. If you’re after a multifaceted experience with something for everyone, you’ll find that here. This trailblazing winery is home to the oldest vines in the region and produced the first Margaret River cabernet sauvignon in 1972. You can explore these early years at onsite museum ‘The Vault’, where back vintages of all Vasse Felix’s historical wines are housed. Get a culture fix indoors or out, with a dedicated gallery showcasing rotating artworks from the Holmes à Court collection and a walk through the grounds featuring sculptures by local artists. The design of the winery itself is also something to marvel at – clean, cutting-edge, and incorporating local granite and jarrah into its spaces. Once you’ve worked up an appetite exploring all of these engaging spaces, treat yourself to a long lunch at the acclaimed restaurant, or grab a picnic blanket and charcuterie board and find a patch out by the vines.  

Perfect for: Anyone! With a wine lounge, cellar door, restaurant, gallery, museum, and tours such as the Cape to Vine and Epicurean excursions providing hours of entertainment. Open 10am to 5pm daily.

On pour: Cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, shiraz and semillon-sauvignon blanc blends.

vassefelix.com.au | 08 9756 5000 | Corner of Caves Road and Tom Cullity Drive, Margaret River


Howard Park Wines

This striking cellar door will delight nature lovers, with its grounds full of the type of towering tree that offers a healthy sense of perspective. Couple naturally beautiful surrounds with a wood-clad tasting space serving drops from Margaret River, Great Southern, Burgundy and Champagne, and adventurous wine lovers are in for a good time. This multi-generational, family-owned winery has sister sites in Western Australian region Great Southern, which allows them to provide a more overarching view of the state’s wines. The roster of events held here each year is also worth a look, including a street food festival, flower market and more.  

Perfect for: Curious sorts keen to expand their knowledge of Western Australian wine by comparing Margaret River and Great Southern examples at the tasting bench. Nature fans, who will appreciate the outdoor spaces to meditate in, and culture enthusiasts, who can check out rotating art installations as well as a cool line-up of events. Open 10am to 5pm daily. 

On pour: Methode traditional sparkling wines, riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, sauvignon blanc semillon.

howardparkwines.com.au | 08 9756 5200 | 543 Miamup Road, Cowaramup


Amelia Park Wines

With a gong in the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge and a winemaker with a Jimmy Watson Trophy under his belt, this five-star rated winery has plenty of cred and you know you’re in for some stellar wines. Combine top drops with an elegant space designed to connect you to the surrounds, with floor-to-ceiling glass drawing in sunlight and verdant vineyard views, and you have all the elements required for a relaxing winery tour. Enjoy samples in the main tasting room, or choose a more intimate experience in the barrel room and private tasting areas for a small fee. If you’ve got little ones, they’ll have a ball running around the expansive grounds. Feeling peckish? Go for a snacky selection of cheese and charcuterie alongside your tasting, or stay a little longer and dig into local produce-driven dishes at the restaurant, matched to your choice of Amelia Park wine.

Perfect for: People who pride themselves on discovering local gems, with this being one of the prettiest cellar doors in the region but not the best known. Open 10am to 5pm daily.

On pour: Cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, rosé, semillon sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris, shiraz.

ameliaparkwines.com.au | 08 9755 6747 | 3857 Caves Road, Wilyabrup 


Evans & Tate

The cute story behind Evans & Tate’s celebrated Redbrook vineyard it that it’s named in honour of founder John Tate’s beloved daschund. The more serious side of that story is that planted in 1974, it’s among the oldest vineyards in the region and the source of some top-shelf cabernet sauvignon. Visit for a classic, unfussy winery experience, where you can kick up your feet on the expansive verandah and gaze over the vines to the horizon. Taste a selection of wines available exclusively from the cellar door and once you’ve settled on a favourite, grab a glass to enjoy outside. 

Perfect for: Laidback types who love a winery where they can play some games on the lawn and enjoy simple pleasures such as sitting on the deck with a wine. Open 10.30am to 5pm daily.

On pour: Chardonnay, semillon sauvignon blanc, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet merlot, shiraz.

evansandtate.wine | 08 9755 6244 | Corner of Caves Road and Metricup Road, Wilyabrup