The Voyager Estate nestled in Margaret River is relatively new to the winemaking game but have quickly developed a long lasting legacy as a renowned winery in Western Australia. We spoke with Winemaker, Travis Lemm about what it’s like to work at a winery and the extravagent wine experiences visitors can expect at the cellar door.
Can you please share with our readers the origins of Voyager Estate and the types of wines produced here?
Voyager Estate was founded in 1978 and embodies a 40-year legacy of family, adventure and sustainability. Our corner of the remote South West is surrounded by ocean on three sides – the aspect, microclimate, consistent maritime influence and our gravel-loam soils are the foundations of our distinct style. We produce celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as a range of small-batch Project wines – like Sparkling Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Pet Nats, Pinot Gris – which give us the chance to showcase varieties and styles beyond our Estate Range.
What does an average day look like for a winemaker?
During harvest, it’s all hands on deck. The days begin early with a planning session – strong coffees in hand – as the first of the fresh hand-picked fruit starts arriving from the vineyards. We check the grapes and the press starts to roll. Some of the team heads off to the Barrel Room to monitor the progress and temperatures of the wild ferments underway from previous days’ picks.
We also do a quick run-around the vineyards to check the ripening of fruit to work out our schedule of picks. A few more press runs (and some deep cleaning in between), and the day is coming to a close. On Friday’s a member of the team cooks everyone a late lunch and we debrief on the week with a beer or wine. Then it’s home to rest – we’ll be back at it first thing with more good fruit coming in.
Do you have a favourite wine you’d recommend us to try?
I’ve been in Cabernet Sauvignon-mode recently as we’re currently blending the 2018 Vintage wines. So, my nightly glass has followed this trend – I recently went back and tasted our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and it was looking superb, still tightly wound with a long future ahead of it.
What experiences are available at the cellar door?
We have a range of immersive experiences available that take our guests beyond the cellar door – these include wine tastings and flights, Estate Tours which explore our heritage vines, the Winery itself, the Underground Cellar and Barrel Room, as well as wine and food experiences that conclude in our award-winning degustation restaurant.
Our Cellar Door is housed in a Cape Dutch Manor House, surrounded by a lush garden and rolling lawns which also provide an elegant sanctuary to explore. Guests are also welcome to simply kick back on the lawn or enjoy a platter and a glass of wine on our Terrace.
Voyager Estate Tour with 7 Course Lunch
One of the more indulgent experiences is our ‘Voyager Estate Tour with a 7 Course Lunch’. Visitors will see the entire wine making process from the vine to the bottle with exclusive wine tastings straight from the barrel on a behind the scenes tour. After viewing private areas like the underground cellar, a 7 course lunch is served in the Cellar Door with is exquisitely paired with a limited release Voyager Estate Wine.
Finally, why do visitors to Margaret River need to add Voyager Estate to their must-do list?
We’re passionate about delivering organically farmed, 100% estate-grown wines that do justice to the extraordinary climate and soil they’re borne from.
The Voyager Estate Wine Room is open for tastings daily from 10am to 5pm.
The Restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11.30am. The last sitting for the seven course discovery lunch is 1.30pm and 2.30pm for the four course discovery lunch.