Who’s who of Australian artists?
One of the first wineries to open in Western Australia’s sun-kissed Margaret River in the 1970s, this family-owned estate has come a long way from its previous life as a cattle farm. Today, visitors roam from the cellar door to the art gallery, where more than 150 paintings hang on the walls – including modern masterpieces pieces by home-grown greats such as Arthur Boyd and Sir Sidney Nolan.
You can even take a little piece of art home with you – Leeuwin’s Art Series wine labels feature specially commissioned pieces, like John Olsen’s playful Frogs in Riesling bottles. If all that art has meant you’ve worked up an appetite, take a seat on the sweeping terrace overlooking the estate’s forest of distinctive karri trees and feast on Australian ingredients at the restaurant. Every dish on the six-course tasting menu is matched to a current or a previously released ‘museum’ wine, opt for the latter if you’re looking for some delicious old vintages. One word of advice: keep an eye on the private airstrip, you never know who might be jetting in for one of Leeuwin Estate’ summertime concerts.