50 years in the making: Margaret River Wine celebrates its 50th anniversary with four events across Melbourne and Sydney this September

After just 50 years, Margaret River is ranked among the world’s most famous and prestigious wine regions. To celebrate the last five decades since the first grape vines were planted, 19 renowned Margaret River wineries will host a series of indulgent dinners and wine tasting events in Melbourne and Sydney, in early September.

Guests will have the opportunity to experience 11 of Margaret River’s most premium wineries over a stunning five-course dinner at three-hatted restaurant, Vue de monde in Melbourne on Monday 4 September, and Bentley Restaurant + Bar in Sydney on Wednesday 6 September.

Winemakers and sommeliers from wineries including fabulous favourites Xanadu, Voyager Estate, Flametree Wines and Deep Woods will showcase their flagship varietals, predominately chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, with all wines awarded 95+ points by James Halliday, or Gold Medals by the Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show.

For Deep Woods Estate chief winemaker Julian Langworthy, the events offer a unique opportunity to bring together some of the region’s finest wines under one roof. “It’s great to see so many fantastic winemakers and wineries taking part in these events. I’m excited to showcase some of Deep Woods’ most notable wines alongside my industry peers,” he says.

In addition to the dinners, Margaret River Wine will also host a tasting in Melbourne and Sydney, presenting over 50 wines from some of the region’s most iconic producers.

Guests will taste wines in order of the winery’s establishment, and enjoy a selection of canapés.

For Clive Otto, chief winemaker at Fraser Gallop Estate, 50 years is truly a cause for celebration. “I’ve been in the Margaret River winemaking game for 27 years now. It’s amazing to think of all the industry has achieved in that time, and exciting to think of about where we’re headed,” he says.

Participating wineries in order of establishment:

Date indicates when vines first planted

  • Vasse Felix 1967
  • Cape Mentelle 1970
  • Woodlands 1973
  • Clairault | Streicker Wines 1976
  • Xanadu Wines 1977
  • Voyager Estate 1978
  • UMAMU Estate 1978
  • McHenry Hohnen Vintners 1979
  • Pierro Vineyards 1980
  • Devils Lair 1980
  • Deep Woods Estate 1987
  • Credaro Wines 1988
  • Howard Park 1996
  • Thompson Estate 1997
  • Oates Ends 1998
  • Fraser Gallop Estate 1999
  • Coward & Black 2001
  • Hutton Wines Grower sourcedFlametree Wines Grower sourced

The Margaret River Wine Region was first planted by Perth cardiologist, Tom Cullity, who was influenced primarily by a 1966 research paper of University of Western Australia agronomist, Dr John Gladstones. He examined Margaret River’s suitability for viticulture and believed that the only possible disadvantage of the region could be its heavy winter rainfall which would necessitate choosing vineyard land which had good drainage.

The planting at Vasse Felix in 1967 signalled the beginnings of a wine industry in the region. It was quickly followed by Moss Wood (1969), Cape Mentelle (1970), Cullen (1971), Sandalford (1972), Leeuwin Estate, Woodlands and Wrights (1973).

Margaret River is now ranked among the world’s most famous and prestigious wine regions, home to 217 vineyards and 187 wineries. 2017 marks 50 years since commercial wine production commenced.

Melbourne 50th anniversary dinner

Monday 4 September, 7pm
Vue de monde, level 55, Rialto Towers, Melbourne
Five courses plus canapés, matched to 11 acclaimed Margaret River wines
$270 per person (communal seating only)

Bookings via Vue de monde. Call 03 9691 3888 or email

Melbourne 50th anniversary tasting

Tuesday 5 September, 6-9pm
Mural Hall, 314-336 Bourke Street, Melbourne
50+ wines from 15 wineries, plus canapes
$65 per person

Sydney 50th anniversary dinner

Wednesday 6 September, 7pm
Bentley Restaurant + Bar, cnr of Pitt and Hunter Street, Sydney
Five courses, matched to 11 iconic Margaret River wines
$220 per person (communal seating only)

Bookings via Bentley Restaurant + Bar. Call 02 8214 0505 or email

Sydney 50th anniversary tasting

Thursday 7 September, 6-9pm
Simmer on the Bay, Shore 2/3 Walsh Bay, Hickson Road, Dawes Point
50+ wines from 15 wineries, plus canapes
$65 per person