Time to ‘wine’ down and it couldn’t have come at a better time as we rolled into Margaret River. Having sampled a wine or two from this well known wine region we were brimming with expectation and it wouldn’t have been too much of a stretch to say that Cam and I were buzzing with excitement. We hadn’t booked anywhere to stay, as usual, however this time it was going to be all about location, location, location so first stop was the Information Centre to get the lay of the land. There were about three or four parks in town and about as many vineyards however we discovered that the bulk of the vineyards were a few kilometres out of town and there happened to be a caravan park in the midst of it all in a place called Gracetown. So where would we stay? Well that was a bit of a no brainer really.
By the time we set up camp etc we had developed a healthy thirst that no amount of H2o would quench, we determined that ‘Happy Hour’ was upon us. After perusing the map of the area we were surprised to discover that all of the wines that we love in this region are basically all right next door to each other, due to the micro-climate apparently, how convenient. So at 4 o’clock in the afternoon we hoped that a cellar door was open to tempt us with their fruity, aromatic flavours. We were in luck, with most of the wineries open until 5 pm, so with a quick taste at our favourite, Verse 1, just to reacquaint ourselves, we left with a few under our arm and headed to the cheese factory to top off the tasting experience.
That evening was spent indulging in the fruits of their labour and examining the map for further exploration over the next few days. I wasn’t sure whether to be grateful or worried with the discovery of a special section on the map dedicated to wineries that have excellent play areas to keep the little ones occupied while Mum and Dad get sloshed. As it turned out, all of the ones we wanted to visit had no such distractions so we devised a plan to keep everyone entertained as we discovered that there was a whole lot more to be explored in this diverse region of gourmet delights.