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Tuesday 31 May 2022

Go behind the scenes of a Margaret River wine icon

Vasse Felix, one of the star names of the magical Margaret River wine region of Western Australia, is this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first wine: the 1972 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec, created by founder Dr Tom Cullity.

Now called the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has been produced every year since 1972 and just one bottle remains from its first year of production. It is now on display in the Vasse Felix Vault Museum.

The Estate has come a long way since its pioneering days as the first winery in the Margaret River region and is now one of Australia's drawcard winery destination experiences, with its own restaurant, cellar door and art gallery. 

Winemaker Virginia Willcox (above) produces a range of uniformly excellent wines for the owners, the Holmes a Court family. 

Visitors can take a journey beyond the cellar door during The Cellar Experience, a historical tour of Vasse Felix, including visiting the old vines. The tour includes exclusive access to The Vault, home of the Vasse Felix wine museum, for a special tasting of cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay with charcuterie. 

Hugely popular, and recommended, Is the Vasse Felix restaurant for a three-course lunch, showcasing fresh local produce paired with wines, including a glass of back-vintage cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay as enjoyed during your tasting.

Or make a full day of it with the Cape to Vine Day Trip, which includes a regional walking tour, a private tour of Vasse Felix, a tasting of the wine collection, and a food and wine pairing at the restaurant. 

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