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Beautiful wines, nationally lauded cuisine and a fabulous concert that's the talk of the town -- it's no
wonder Leeuwin Estate is one of the jewels in Margaret River's already star-studded crown.
When your visitors include names like Tom Jones,
Diana Ross, Chris Isaak and Sting (just to name a
few), you know you re on to something special.
One of the district s founding wineries,
Leeuwin Estate was established in 1974 by
Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Napa Valley s
Robert Mondavi playing the part of mentor
during those early years.
Featuring state-of-the-art equipment, Leeuwin s
winery building was opened in 1978 and its first
commercial vintage was celebrated in 1979.
Today, Leeuwin is under the direction of
two generations of the founding family, and
with a team of dedicated winemakers, enjoys
an outstanding international reputation for
producing wines that rank alongside the world s
finest, exporting to 30 countries. But if the wine
is the backbone of Leeuwin Estate, then the
Leeuwin Concert is surely the soul with thousands
making the annual pilgrimage down south to
enjoy its splendour.
The tradition began in 1985 when Leeuwin
Estate provided financial support for the London
Philharmonic Orchestra s tour to Australia and,
as part of the visit, the orchestra performed in
this unique vineyard setting.
Now, the concerts are sell-outs and feature an
eclectic mix of the world s finest musicians and
However, visiting during the concert weekend
isn t the only way to surround yourself in the
splendour of Leeuwin -- the estate is also open
daily and offers behind-the-scenes winery tours
The Gold Plate-winning restaurant s sweeping
verandahs offer views of the natural surrounds
that are on par with Leeuwin Estate s food, while
the nearby Art Gallery can be transformed into a
majestic venue suitable for any event.
Private functions, events and weddings are
just some of Leeuwin Estate s strengths that you
won t necessarily find in a 750ml bottle (although
Leeuwin s wine can certainly help add that touch
of sophistication to any event).
You can even create your own venue by erecting
a marquee in Leeuwin s stunning grounds and
dining a stone s throw from towering karris and
some of Margaret River s most important vines.
Margaret River Winery
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