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Friday 22 January 2021

New Year, New Experiences in Margaret River

It is now over 50 years since wine production began in Margaret River - and despite a difficult 2020 there are plenty of new products for visitors to enjoy in the New Year.

Artisan winemaker Dylan Arvidson, born in New Zealand and raised in Geelong, has opened the doors to a brand new LS Merchants cellar door in Cowaramup over summer.

Arvidson has a range of over 20 small-batch, minimal-intervention wines featuring different varieties, styles and blends all handmade with wild fermentation where possible and a lot of experimentation.

Another newbie to check out is Skigh Wines, set in the Yallingup hills with a relaxed set up and sprawling gardens.

Down the road, Marri Wood Park's recently opened cellar door is a drawcard for those interested in biodynamic, regenerative farming practices. Book ahead for a complimentary cheese platter.

There are also plenty of new places to stay, with sustainable housing for travellers to the fore. 

A new eco-friendly spot to join the growing list is Barn Hives (above) in Yallingup, in a vineyard near Smiths Beach. 

The eco-pods ahere re architecturally designed with special attention to sunlight and cross ventilation. Water is collected from rainfall and heated by solar panels, making it self-sustainable.

Petit Eco Cabin is the latest rural hideout to open in the region. The modern timber cabin is set among the organic vineyards of Windows Estate in Yallingup.

All fixtures, fittings and decor items have been sourced and made in Australia - and there is an outdoor vintage tub in which to chill off.

Margaret River Heartland is also eco-aligned offering off-grid accommodation with pastoral views to the forest.

Visitors can choose from a weatherboard cottage or a glampavan – a completely refurbished caravan designed by artist Anita Revel. It boasts a modern kitchen, vintage record player, and rainwater sky shower.

A new experience is the four-day Yoga and Wellness Glamping Adventure with Nullarbor Traveller.

Enjoy yoga in pristine locations, sample local and organic produce, connect to country with an indigenous experience and tuck into a glamping tent by night.

Meanwhile, popular wine destination Aravina Estate has recently entered the craft beer space.

With their own on-site brewery, they have five brews which are crafted by chief brewer Dr Brad Hutton (who also happens to be one of their winemakers).

Dunsborough is bursting with new bars to discover. Har Bar in Dunsborough has a vintage nautical theme with a solid cocktail menu. Lady Lola is part deli, part bar, part bistro. Indulge in a negroni or a glass of bubbles and some share plates.

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