Taste Great Southern – Make A Long Weekend Of It

I have a long-standing connection to Western Australia’s Great Southern region.

As a kid, my family would pack up the car at least twice a year and drive the 4-5 hours to my Aunty and Uncles farm just East of Albany, where we would spend at least a week at a time catching Koonac’s from one of the many dams, fishing and sight-seeing.

Fast forward 15 years or so and the team at CMS Events gave me an amazing reason to reacquaint myself with this wonderful part of the world. To be honest, I don’t know why I don’t visit the region as often as I use to, but I am going to make it a goal for 2019 to make sure I visit far more regularly. Continue reading

West Cape Howe Wines – Home of the Mt Barker Seahorses

West Cape Howe Wines Red Tasting LineupYep, we did manage to get to 3 wineries within the first few hours of being in the Great Southern! After visiting Gilberts, then Galafrey we had lunch with a friend in Mt Barker who said we must stop into West Cape Howe Wines on our way down to Albany. It was a little bit of back-tracking but we managed to convince Mr. Spittoon it was for the greater good (aka my palate)! Continue reading

Gilberts Wines & Their Devilish Great Southern Tipples

Gilberts Wines & CafeAs you have no doubt seen on the blog and my social media channels, Mr. Spittoon and I headed south a few weeks ago for Taste Great Southern. We left our home in the Swan Valley first thing Friday morning and perfectly timed our trip so we’d rock up at the first cellar door at opening time. In fact we arrived at the Gilberts Wines cellar door 5 minutes before they opened – just a touch over eager! Continue reading

New WA Cellar Doors to Check out in 2016

New Western Australian Cellar Doors to Check out in 2016Western Australia has to be one of Australia’s top wine travel destinations. We have 9 regions throughout the state and WA’s oldest wine region, the Swan Valley, is a mere 25 minute drive from the Perth CBD. We literally have wine at our fingertips and the best thing is that the wine industry in WA just keeps growing. Over the last 12 months or so we have seen a number of new cellar doors literally ‘open their doors’ to the public and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s time to give both your old favourites and the newbies some loving in 2016 and visit a cellar door or 5 in WA! Continue reading