Margaret River Wine Tours – Your Options

Margaret River Wine Tours - Your Options

Choosing the best wine tasting trip around Margaret River just got easy thanks to Travel Writer Jennifer Morton…

For most visitors to the Margaret River region, hitting the cellar doors is high on their to-do list. And what better way to make the most of it than with an official wine tour.

There are upwards of 60 companies (including ones based in Perth) who offer sampling trips around the much-loved wine region. While it’s great to have so much choice, how is one to know which tour is best for their own needs and wants?

Everyone is different and while most tour companies cater to everyone, some do specialise. In this post, we’ve put together a guide to 10 Margaret River wine tours that will make choosing your big day out a lot easier.

Top Drop Tours

In 2016, Top Drop Tours were inducted into the Western Australia Tourism Awards Hall of Fame, which means that they’ve won multiple gongs for excellence. The directors, Chris and Kerry, were once tourists to the area who stayed to pursue their dream of becoming true-blue ambassadors of Margaret River wine.

  • The low-down: 3 wineries, 3 food providers (including chocolate), lunch
  • Great for: doers and dreamers
  • Half or full day: full
  • Departs from: Your Margaret River region accommodation
  • Prices from: $120 per person

Next level offer: Top Drop and Skydive Geronimo have joined forces to offer a day out that includes a wine and tandem skydive package. Could that be the best vacay day ever?

Margaret River Tours

Margaret River Tours have been in action for more than 20 years. As the originators of the region’s wine tours, they are experts of all things wine, food and Margaret River.

  • The low-down: up to 6 top-shelf wineries, gourmet lunch*, a gourmet share platter, chocolate and cheese tastings
  • Great for: lovers of the finer things
  • Half or full day: both
  • Departs from: Margaret River town
  • Prices from: $85 (half) $150 (full) per person
  • FYI: humorous commentary and divine snacks included

*full day only

Cellar d’Or

Cellar d’Or is owned and operated by Geoff Hard and Cherri Brown. As owner and driver, Geoff has the liberty to alter the day’s itinerary based on the passengers. With a focus on boutique cellar doors, this tour is big on personality and easy on your pocketbook.

  • The low-down: 4-6 wineries, breweries and/or distilleries; cheese and chocolate tastings, share platter lunch and a visit to Vasse Virgin (olive oil)
  • Great for: the spontaneous
  • Half or full day: full
  • Departs from: Your accommodation between Busselton and Margaret River town
  • Price from: $105 per person
  • FYI: max 14 passengers

Wine for Dudes

Wine for Dudes have been tour guides and designated drivers for wine and craft beer lovers since 2003. Owned and operated by Johnno and his crew of cool kids, these dudes are into keeping in real by visiting the best small, family-owned wineries while playing some kick-ass tunes along the way.

  • The low-down: 4 wineries, 2 food producers, 1 brewery, lunch and a wine blending demo
  • Great for: laid-back cruisers
  • Half or full day: full
  • Departs from: Your accommodation between Busselton and Margaret River town
  • Prices from: $115 per person
  • FYI: it’s not just for dudes, dudettes are most welcome

Cheers Winery Tours

On a Cheers Winery Tour, you don’t just drink wine, you learn about how it’s made. Their full day tour includes behind the scenes glimpses into the world of viticulture and wine making.

  • The low-down: winemaking 101, several cellar door visits, gourmet lunch* (with wine), chocolate, cheese, nougat and game meat sampling
  • Great for: the curious, active and hungry
  • Half or full day: both
  • Departs from: Accommodation within Margaret River region (full day only)
  • Prices from: $70 (half) $100 (full) per person
  • FYI: best value is the Full Bottle full-day tour

*full day only

Bushtucker River and Wine Tours

Bushtucker River and Wine Tours is an award-winning tour operator with more than 25 years’ experience as local guides. Their full day excursion combines wine, beer and unique eats for the best of food, drink and culture.

  • The low-down: 4 wineries, 1 brewery, 40 samples (drink and food), wild foods lunch, winemaking history and education
  • Great for: the adventurous
  • Half or full day: full
  • Departs from: Dunsborough, Busselton and Margaret River town
  • Price from: $110 per person
  • FYI: your chance to eat bush grubs

McLeod Tours

The McLeod family history dates back to the 1800s so it’s fair to say, they’ve got roots here. A wine tour with McLeod Tours offers extensive knowledge of the vineyards and they feature something a little different: wine tasting straight from the barrel*.

  • The low-down: 4 wineries, 1 brewery; coffee, chocolate, cheese and olive oil tastings
  • Great for: everyone, including families
  • Half or full day: both
  • Departs from: Within 10kms of Margaret River town, Prevelly and Gnarabup*
  • Price from: $99 (half) $115 (full)per person
  • FYI: starts with coffee at Yahava Koffeeworks

*full day only

Taste the South

If you’re travelling with kids,Taste the South has the tour for you. Their Hits with the Kids tour includes animal excursions, lunch and of course, wine and beer stops for the mums and dads. It’s a win-win day.

  • The low-down: 4 visits to kid-friendly wineries and breweries, 1 animal-themed farm or park, lunch, 1 sweet stop (chocolate factory or ice creamery)
  • Great for: families with young children
  • Half or full day: full
  • Departs from: Your accommodation within the Margaret River region
  • Prices from: $125 per adult $75 per child (2-12 years)
  • Next level tip: bring your child’s car seat

Grape Escape South West

The crew at Grape Escape know that a dog is part of the family. That’s why they offer a private Pawesome wine tour that welcomes your fur-baby to tag along.

  • The low-down: a custom itinerary to dog-friendly wineries
  • Great for: humans travelling with dogs
  • Half or full day: full (5 hours)
  • Departs from: accommodation between Busselton and Augusta
  • Price from: $375 for 1-3 people
  • Next level tip: ask them about pet-friendly hang-outs and accommodation

We hope this Margaret River wine tour guide has inspired you to book a day exploring this famous and fabulous wine region of Western Australia. All tours include complimentary wine tastings. Cheers, and you’re welcome.

Author Bio: Jennifer Morton is a travel writer, content producer and photographer. The Canadian expat has lived all over Canada, New Zealand and Australia. She’s even spent 6 months working aboard a cruise ship in Europe. When she’s not writing about travel, you may find her lounging on the beach, hanging out with her son, reading a book or zooming in on a beautiful scene. She’s also likely to be boarding an airplane… or jumping out of one.

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