Porongurup Food and Wine Trail
About the Trail – Flavours of the Porongurup Range
Trail length: 23 km from start to finish.
Located in the south-west of Western Australia, nestled by the mountains of the Porongurup Range, is this neat little village community. Whilst taking in the some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable in Porongurup and with views to the Stirling Ranges in the distance, come and enjoy many delights along the Porongurup Food and Wine Trail.
Find yourself in Porongurup with wine tasting, a relaxing lunch or coffee at one of the cafés or tearooms or perhaps a craft beer and a bite to eat at the local bar and begin to understand what makes Porongurup a wonderful place to visit.
Come and meet the locals who will take the time to share with you their quality wines, beautiful produce and friendly hospitality.
The Porongurup’s reputation as a producer of distinctive cool climate wines, especially Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, continues to grow and many boutique producers source fruit from here. www.greatsouthernwine.asn.au.
The trail can be experienced in either direction, either starting at Zarephath Wines and finishing at Dukes Vineyard, or in reverse. You might like to select just a few, or complete them all, it’s entirely up to you.
If you’d prefer to relax and let someone else do the driving, then why not contact Busy Blue Bus on 08 9842 2133 www.busybluebus.com.au and arrange a charter.
Get your copy of the Trail Map
Get the Trails WA App: download here
Hard copy: pick up at many of the local visitor centres or local businesses in the area.
Trail maps produced with the support of Porongurup Promotions Association Inc, Tourism WA, Trails WA and The Amazing South Coast.
Trail treasures – our top tips!
We will dig a little deeper into what you will find, feel and experience at these wonderful stops along the Trail. We will share with you our tips to enhance your visit. Most importantly, we will reveal a little about the wonderful people behind these businesses and the community that makes Porongurup such a special place.
Note: opening times and information are current at time of writing this Blog, however please visit individual websites to check details, to avoid disappointment.
1. Zarephath Wines
Boutique winery with a contemporary twist
424 Moorialup Rd
Café open Sat & Sun only – bookings required
Cellar Door open daily – just call ahead
08 9853 1152
On week days, just call ahead to ensure they are available, to call into their cellar door for tastings and sales.
Now in my opinion, you may like to make this your last stop of the day, because once you get here you may just not want to leave!
Rosie and Ian own and run this small winery, which includes a stunning cellar door and café. They will welcome you and make you instantly feel right at home. The views, ambience, music, wood fire in the winter, wine and scrumptious food will just make you feel relaxed right away. Rosie’s country kitchen will surely delight your taste buds with her homegrown and local produce, cooked with passion and beautifully presented. You absolutely must try Rosie’s famous pâté and the vineyard platters are a feast for the eyes.
Whilst your meal is lovingly prepared, sample some of their wines and choose one to enjoy with your lunch. Try their award-winning Pinot Noir and Riesling, or perhaps the Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot or Rose. Single Vineyard fruit is handpicked and made by local Winemaker Rob Diletti. Zarephath was recently awarded a 5 Star Winery rating by James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion.
On one visit I was lucky enough to take a walk with Ian up into the vineyard block behind the café. Having visited Zarephath many times before, I had seen the views towards Many Peaks from the café, but was surprised to discover here some absolutely stunning views across the vineyards towards the Stirling Ranges. I learnt all about “hairy legs” (you will have to ask Ian yourself about this one!), observed some pruning of the pinot noir canes and chatted about the bud bursting times of the different varieties. The clouds were a little low for me to really appreciate the view at is best on this particular day, but if you get the chance to go for a stroll up into the vineyard, it is definitely a special experience. This is not a formal tour; you just need a friendly smile and ask their permission to take a vineyard walk. Tell them that “The Sleeping Lady” recommended it!! If they have the time, you may be able to tag along with them and really find out about their grass roots approach.