Like most mothers I usually wait until the kids are in bed before I crack open a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. But I’m afraid I don’t have that kind of discipline when I’m in wine country! The Margaret River region of Western Australia is one of my all-time favourite places to visit. Thankfully I didn’t have to give up my annual indulgence when the kids came along, as blessedly there are plenty of child-friendly wineries in Margaret River, meaning wine tasting with children can be easy and enjoyable.
Here is a round-up of my top five family-friendly wineries in Margaret River (and they all do fabulous wine too, naturally!)
An absolute must for lunch if you are in the Margaret River with kids. Everyone’s a winner at this child-friendly winery in Margaret River – with the restaurant boasting sweeping views across the valley and dishing up some of the region’s best cuisine (although I’ve still not forgiven the chef for refusing to share his roasted sweet potato recipe with me). A playground adjacent to the restaurant terrace and lunchbox-style meals for the kids will ensure they leave you to enjoy the views in peace.
Xanadu is another considerate family-friendly Margaret River winery with an on-site playground. They also have a large flat lawn within view of the restaurant, which serves fabulous mod-Aus cuisine, and has a children’s menu. Not only have their wines been garnering a lot of respect from Australia’s top wine writers in recent years, they are all pretty reasonable value too.
Home to Diana Madeline (one of Australia’s most respected red wines), this child-friendly Margaret River winery is a great spot for lunch on a sunny day. Enjoy fresh, biodynamic, organic produce at shaded picnic tables while the kids run riot on the vast lawn, play hide and seek among the trees or bounce around on the beanbags.
Hay Shed Hill
One of my favourite Margaret River wineries, both before and after kids, Hay Shed Hill has a stunning range of wines, plus a laid-back child-friendly café and gardens. There is a toy box in the wine tasting room, and a selection of outdoor play equipment available, including cricket equipment and boules. Becky the dog and the free-roaming chickens are always a hit with my city-kids too.
Laurance of Margaret River
It’s hard not to be wowed by Laurance as you drive past it on Caves Road. This beautiful lakeside property is surrounded by luscious landscaped gardens, including 1,000 rose bushes and is a great choice if you are in Margaret River with kids. Choose an outdoor table for lunch to tuck into the fabulously executed fresh local produce and watch the kids on the playground. God bless the child-friendly Margaret River wineries!
Of course there is more to the Margaret River region than just wine tasting. Check out the Margaret River with Kids post for more family-friendly suggestions, including beaches, petting farms, caves and ice creameries.