Nestled in the south-west corner of Western Australia, the Margaret River is a storied wine region for a reason. With its Mediterranean climate and ancient soils, it’s prime real estate for grape-growing, while the unspoilt coastline and blissful white-sand beaches are an extra drawcard for travellers to the area. It’s also the site of the stunning MadFish winery – perched on a hilltop and known for its contemporary, fuss-free Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Chardonnay. Senior winemaker Mark Bailey invites us behind the scenes and shares his must-try drops.
Science; detailed; fun.
Picking one wine is like picking a favourite child! The brand started with two wines – Premium Red and Premium White, which have evolved into an approachable Chardonnay and smooth Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. These are both classic wines typical of the region and great additions to a barbecue or picnic. Then there is MadFish Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, which is summer in a glass. It’s light, it’s fresh and it’s a total crowd-pleaser.
MadFish was started by the Burch Family in the early 1990s. Jeff Burch was initially drawn to the south-west of Australia for the incredible surf and coastline, and it was the accompanying laidback lifestyle that inspired the family when they first launched MadFish. The vision was, and remains, to make a wine that reflects the exceptional fruit of Margaret River and the Great Southern, while focusing on enjoyment and drinkability.
A coffee and a brekky roll from the famous Margaret River Bakery. If that’s too busy you can always slip into Egberts down the road for an exceptional croissant and coffee. Then there’s the farmers market for a smorgasbord of fresh local produce, followed by a bike ride along some town trails or a swim at the beach.
Settlers Tavern is an institution with simple pub food and an epic wine list – in fact it’s award-winning! There’s also the Brewhouse on the outskirts of the town, where you can enjoy craft beers and premium food in a lush beer garden.
The cellar door building. It was designed using feng shui principles and won architecture awards when it was initially constructed. It’s a light-filled space with spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards and is magic to visit during the golden hour just before sunset.
We’ve been proud sponsors of events hosted by Margi Pride since its inception; it’s an LGBTQIA+ friendly community group for people of Margaret River and the wider community.
Grilled haloumi salad or fresh nori rolls always go down well with this wine.
Gnarabup or Redgate Beach are beautiful.