Margaret River ups its picnic game with a new kind of food and wine tasting experience at Windows Estate.
Forget popping in for a quick tasting, you’ll want to set aside an entire afternoon when you visit .
The family-owned winery in the Margaret River region’s north has long held a reputation for doing things properly. Owners Chris and Joanne Davies focus on traditional methods of wine production.
When COVID-19 restrictions hit Margaret River, wine tastings couldn’t take place without the serving of food. Luckily Jo had been working on a new picnic offering that elevates the humble cheese platter to serious new heights.
Windows Estate Styled Picnics
Guests can now book in for a ‘Styled Picnic’ on the banks of the winery dam or on the cellar door’s manicured lawn. Think round woven rugs, throw cushions, low line tables and umbrellas. There’s even a fire pit if you want one.
There are three varieties of picnic boxes to choose from, Cheese & Charcuterie, Vegetarian and Vegan. Each box is jam-packed with locally sourced goodies, many made on site by Jo and her team. There are small tubs of spirulina basil pesto and macadamia and beetroot hummus, containers filled with pickled cucumber, relish and carrot jam.
The boxes are generous serves, but you’ll also want to stop by the cellar door fridge to stock up on extras for your accommodation fridge. Alternatively, you can also make up your own picnic box from the goods in the cellar door.
It’s worth perusing the shelves too. Jo handpicks local designers, artists and ceramists in a very stylish curation of gifts you won’t want to skip.
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The picnics are part of the estate’s commitment to showcasing the best the local region has to offer.
Go one step further and book a tour of their property, through the recently organic-certified vineyard and the organic farm.
With 47 hectares, seven of those under vine, the duo will tell you that they are farmers first – their passion is in conservation and letting the flavours of the soil speak for themselves.
Learn about the terroir, the vintages and their special story, and then enjoy a tasting among the vines.
Keep an eye on Windows Estate later this year, when they launch a luxe tiny cabin on site, for guests who want to soak up the vines past bedtime.
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