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ALBANY: There are a handful of wineries
near Albany and perhaps due to the multitude
of restaurants to choose from in Albany itself,
none offer substantial food. Wignalls Wines and
Montgomery's Hill are the two standouts.
Wignalls also plays host to some fabulous
concerts, in particular the Vintage Blues Music
Festival (January 9, 2010).
While there is no cafe, there is a new pavilion
with barbecue facilities for visitors to set up with a
picnic lunch while enjoying the Wignall's wine and
You can't leave without sampling the fine pinot
noir, which is becoming a bit of a region speciality.
At Montgomery's Hill, complement your wine
with either a cheese or yabbie platter, or if you're
in the mood for something more substantial, call
Montgomery's to pre-book its barbecue facilities.
The grounds are a beautiful setting for a picnic.
DENMARK: Located between Albany and
Denmark, Yilgarnia Wines and Wildflowers has
finally opened its long-anticipated cellar door.
After years of producing award-winning wine, you
can now head to the vineyard on Redmond West
Road (near Denmark) and have a tasting. With the
gorgeous grounds covered in wildflowers, Yilgarnia
allows visitors to find a good spot in the gardens
and set up with a picnic and a bottle of their wine.
Just five minutes from Denmark you have
to stop in at The Lake House, which noted WA
wine writer Ray Jordan argues is one of the most
beautiful cellar doors in the world.
They are also a standout for being open seven
days per week for lunch and the combination is
too good to miss. Also open seven days and half
way between Denmark and Walpole is Old Kent
River with a reputation for their delicious marron.
Between Walpole and Denmark on Scotsdale
Road, Rickety Gate Wines has recently completed
their new cellar door, cafe and art gallery. Try one
of the homemade potpies for lunch, one of the
delicious dessert options and sample from the full
range of Denmark's Dark Side chocolates.
The cafe overlooks the vineyard and out to the
forest and you will be easily tempted to spend a
lazy afternoon here. Rickety Gate is also one of
the wineries that helped the region its outstanding
reputation for riesling.
Not far from Rickety Gate and still only 10
minutes out of Denmark, celebrate the 10th
anniversary of sparkling wine at Somerset Hill
Wines. And what goes better with a glass of
sparkling than a Belgian chocolate truffle?
The winery has a tantalising range of
chocolates, so make a turn off from the South
Coast Highway up McLeod Road where you'll
find the Provincial-style Somerset Hill.
You don't just get fine wine at Tinglewood
Wines. The oldest vineyard in Denmark has a
brilliant puzzle shop.
The shop has a terrific array of puzzles to
keep you and your kids entertained on a rainy
day in the Great Southern and provide something
different to remind you of your holiday in the
region. The vineyard also has a working farm so
expect to see some furry friends (generally in the
form of dogs, chickens, rabbits and cows). Find
Tinglewood at 198 Glenrowan Road in Denmark
(8km from the centre of Denmark).
If you run out of time and don't get to cover all
the region's wineries, or have non-buyers remorse,
head into Denmark and peruse the range at the
Denmark Liquor Store, which stocks more than
4000 labels, including every label in the Great
Pop in on a Friday or Saturday night and you
might catch one of the regular tasting.
FRANKLAND RIVER: There are only four
wineries in this region but they produce some
spectacular wine and definitely worth the trip out.
ART GLASS: (this picture and
inset) Rickety Gate Wines cellar &
gallery; Wignalls 05 Pinot Noir.
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