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Margaret River goes on a tour of terroir
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The Margaret River Discovery Company is an exciting new touring business providing a unique introduction to the concept of 'terroir' — the geology, ecology and climate of South West Western Australia – and how these natural forces contribute to the production of some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Tour host Sean Blocksidge, previously of Voyager Estate winery, has realised a lifelong dream by establishing a premium gourmet eco touring experience, which he describes tongue-in-cheek as `Al Gore meets Jamie Oliver’. And the use of the word “terroir”, the French term which can be loosely translated as "a sense of place" fully describes what The Margaret River Discovery Co tours are all about, the elusive combination of soil type and microclimate that gives wines their special character.
Asked about his experiences developing the business Blocksidge said “It’s been a privilege creating this tour, listening to the local Wardandi Aboriginals, working with the National Trust, local winemakers and environmental custodians,” he said. “We go to places, see things and discover secrets most locals don’t even know exist.”
“Every experience is a highlight,” Blocksidge said. “From the guided walks to the ancient Wilyabrup cliffs and dreamtime site of Meekadarabee waterfall, to learning of the European and Aboriginal history at Ellensbrook House.”
“Canoeing the winding curves of the enchanting Margaret River is a personal favourite, to the exclusive opportunity of meeting Winestate Magazine Australian Winemaker of the Year, Clive Otto, for a tour of the private Fraser Gallop Estate cellar.”
Weather is no object when exploring the region during the six seasons of the Noongar (South West Aboriginal) calendar. A special partnership has been developed with outdoor clothing outfitter, Mountain Designs, who supply weather-proof clothing and provides sound reasoning.
“With the right clothing, there is no such thing as bad weather,” Blocksidge said.
Tour headquarters is based at Western Australia’s premier small luxury hotel, Cape Lodge.
“Our guests are generally very well travelled and are seeking personalised experiences that really connect them to the environment and culture of the region,” General Manager Drew Bernhardt said.
“The Margaret River Discovery Company is fulfilling a need that has been missing in the market. We are very excited to be associated with this new venture.”
For more information visit www.margaretriverdiscovery.com.au