But what if I don’t like wine?
"No worries!" as the Australians themselves would say. There is another option. Bootleg Brewery is the first beer producer to set up in the Margaret River region. “An oasis of beer in a desert of wine” is how they describe themselves. The range of brews includes chocolate flavoured beer, or boutique beers with chili or ginger.
Lovers of good wines and the good life will find both in Margaret River, an idyllic spot in the south west of Australia. It’s a small town found in the valley of the river of same name, just 227 miles south of Perth, capital of the state of Western Australia. And, despite its small size, it’s home to a flourishing wine industry, with around 150 bodegas producing some of Australia’s finest vintages and attracting enthusiasts from all over the world. In fact, the rich and fertile lands of the Margaret River Wine Region now welcome more than one million visitors a year, most keen to enjoy a luxurious taste of slow living as well as indulging in the main attraction.
But it’s not always been this way. In fact, the first vines were only planted here in 1967, and even then, few people believed this part of Australia was suitable for commercial viticulture. Within the space of just a few years, however, the doubters were silenced and then, within a few decades, the Margaret River valley grew to become one of the world’s best-loved and most vibrant wine centres, particularly famed for its excellent Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, as well as its other specialties such as its Shiraz, Merlot, Semillón, Chenin Blanc and Verdelho.