Leaving the Ocean head up into the Ferguson Valley for some much loved wine tasting, dining and exploring
Wander out and enjoy wine tasting, good food and great scenery as you travel through the Ferguson Valley. A must side trip if you are staying in the Bunbury area. There are so many wineries and places to eat, that picking just one could be difficult. I’ve listed the ones, that I have been to and hope you enjoy them also. If you’re looking for a long leisurely lunch or wander in and out of some of the Wineries and Breweries in the area, then take your pick from below.
Accommodation is available in the Valley, Evedon Park Bush Retreat, Bonking Frog Vineyard Cottage and Ferguson Farm stay.
I enjoy heading up into the Valley via Henty Road. From State Highway 1 turn across Raymond Road, turn right onto Southwestern Highway and onto Henty Road.
Green Door Wines
On the way up drop in at Green Door Wines along Henty Road for some of the best views in the region. Green Door produce Spanish and Italian wine varieties served in cute carafes. Still hungry? Order their 100 Mile Platter with sheep’s milk cheese from Roelands, mixed olives from Boyup Brook, fruit loaf from Dardanup and much more.
Willow Bridge Wines
Check out the wine tasting at Willow Bridge. In less than a decade, the Estate has produced an impressive array of outstanding wines, most notably the classic Black Dog Shiraz. Cellar door open 7 days 11am till 5pm.
Wild Bull Brewery
At the end of Henty Road turn left to the Wild Bull Brewery try their range of specialty brewed beers and offering locally produced wines with cuisine on offer ranging from wood fired pizzas, Smokey Ribs and amazing burgers. Family friendly venue with play centre & green lawns offering amazing vineyard & luscious green rolling hill views.
Still, in the mood for some Beers next stop, the Moody Cow with a large grassed area that runs from the terraces, family friendly and great food, wine and beer.
A Side Trip
St Aidan Winery
On the way, be sure to stop at St Aidan Winery for a quick wine taste. The name derives from the district’s historic church that sits on its boundary. Their Zena Liqueur Muscat is the Geographe’s Best Fortified. Enjoy it with a morning tea ‘sweet bite’ from their European trained chef in their rammed earth cellar door and function centre. In summer, don’t miss Films on Ferguson – a season of movie nights under the moon and stars with a full-screen open-air cinema on the lawn adjacent to their cellar door.
If you’re looking for a one stop location, then visit Hackersley Estate. Their Award-winning food and wines with stunning country views - the perfect venue for weddings, anniversaries or just a long lazy lunch with friends. Hackersley sits in a cute cottage overlooking a lake with cows grazing in the background. Aaron and Arie Devitt serve up a sensational 5-course degustation. Start with a glass of Verdelho but finish with the Merlot. Between courses chill out on the lake’s grassy bank with a glass in hand. (Open Thursday – Sunday from 10am).
Back on track with our wine tour, you will need to retrace your steps and head down the valley to on route to the small town of Dardanup. Great Bakery and the Dardanup Pub is good for a meal as well. Our destination is:
Bonking Frog Wines
This is a small winery passionate about making beautiful award-winning merlot wines in a sustainable way. Enjoy their cheese platters and light meals, while looking out over the Valley from their cellar door. For something special why not stay in their self-contained "Vineyard Cottage" where you can enjoy your wine on a private deck overlooking the vineyard.
And that is the Ferguson Valley wine trail. There are other places out there as well, that I am still to explore, I will update when I have been there.
A trip to the Ferguson Valley probably would not be complete without visiting Gnomesville. At the time of writing it has been flooded due to recent rains, they are endeavouring to resituate a lot of the
Gnomes and fix up the area. If you take the side trip out to Hackersley Estate, you might as well venture down and check out the Gnomes