Graze Mount Barker
Mount Barker is one of the five subregions of the Great Southern wine area of Western Australia.
It is small and remote, with just a handful of cellar doors, but the quality of the wines speak loudly. Wineries from outside the region also source fruit from the Mount Barker vineyards due to the high quality and distinctive nature of the cool-climate grapes.
The key varieties grown are riesling, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz.
The isolation of the area is very much part of its charm; four hours by car from Perth, and over three from Margaret River. Though its a mere 50km inland from Albany, so if you find yourself visiting the Amazing South Coast it is well-worth the trip inland.
Wildflowers are a key highlight of the region if visiting between September to November.
Though if visiting in the autumn, take note that Graze Mount Barker is on between the 3rd-5th March 2018 from 10am-4.30pm. Six wineries are offering a grazing plate of local produce paired with a glass of wine. The participating wineries include West Cape Howe, Plantagenet, Gilberts, Galafrey, Arcadia and Windrush.
The cost is AUD $20 per person/per winery, and tickets are limited. You can book online here. It’s a great way to get a snapshot of the region in a few short days.