There was rain lurking in the clouds but after parking the car, Jac and I stepped out into a magnificent property, a big sky land surrounded by scores of vines that rustled in the breeze.
We’d driven the three or so hours from Perth to Margaret River for a long weekend organised by the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association, to be hosted by local businesses and restaurants. We’d skipped breakfast at home but stopped briefly for coffee and a shared sausage roll at the Miami Bakehouse Pitstop on the way – we were now ready for a late lunch at Voyager Estate.
We followed the winding path that took us past topiary hedges, rose bushes and manicured lawns to the Cape Dutch-style manor house. Voyager Estate’s distinctive Cape Dutch gardens and architecture are inspired by the farmsteads of Cape Town in South Africa, a tribute to the first wine grape vines introduced to Western Australia in 1829 from South Africa. This grand estate would make a perfect setting for a classic murder mystery – whodunit, the retired colonel, the groundskeeper or the cook?
We were here for the Discovery Menu, an interactive dining experience that tells the story of Voyager Estate and its wines from the vineyard to the glass. Each of the six courses represents a chapter of the story, and to go with each course/chapter, an illustrated postcard which is yours as a keepsake.
With each chapter, our waiter poured the wine and explained the symbolism of elements on each plate. It was a sumptuous, sensory, memorable meal, rich in flavour and texture as well as the pride and history of Voyager Estate’s story. The menu may vary seasonally, with ingredients sourced from local producers and produce picked from the kitchen’s herb garden. Allow three leisurely hours for this meal, and if you have it for lunch, you may not need dinner.
In the descriptions that follow, I’m deliberately leaving certain details out, so as not to entirely spoil the discovery. I’ll leave it to Voyager Estate to tell their story.
Stevens Road, Margaret River, WA 6285
Telephone: (08) 9757 6354
We dined as guests of Voyager Estate.
- Food only $110
- Food + matching wines from Estate Range and VOC Collection $150
- Food + matching wines, with three museum vintages $180
Voyager Estate also conducts Estate Tours that take visitors around the property in a 10-seater open-air bus to learn more about the estate, its vineyards and the winery.
About this trip and this series – Margaret River 2014
We visited the Margaret River region in the south west of Western Australia for four days in May as guests of the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association and were hosted by restaurants and businesses in the region.
We drove to the region and used a Margaret River Region Map to guide us to the stops on our itinerary.
The full list of blog posts from this trip is below, in reading order:
- Discovery Menu, Voyager Estate, Margaret River – this post
- Bettenay’s – Margaret River Nougat Company
- Dining in Margaret River town
- Lake Cave, Margaret River
- Brookwood Estate
- Margaret River Chocolate Company and Providore
- Margaret River Farmers Market
- The Berry Farm, Rosa Glen
- Two days in Yallingup, Part 1
- Goanna Gallery Cafe, Dunsborough
- Two days in Yallingup, Part 2 – Aravina Estate
For more information about visiting the Margaret River region including how to get there, visit margaretriver.com