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Thursday, January 27, 2000
Margaret River, WA, Australia
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Margaret River, WA, Australia:
Latitude: 33° 59' 28" South
Longitude: 114° 59' 44" East
Altitude: 151 feet
From Seattle: 10540 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Surf Point Lodge

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Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: Western Australia
Start: Margaret River, WA, Australia
Stop 1. Redgate Wines, Margaret River
Stop 2. Voyager Estate, Margaret River
Stop 3. Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River
Stop 4. Vasse Felix, Margaret River
Stop 5. Gralyn Cellars, Margaret River
Stop 6. Ribbon Vale, Margaret River
Stop 7. Pierro, Margaret River
Stop 8. Gnarabup Beach, Margaret River
End:Margaret River, WA, Australia
Road Miles:25 miles
Linear:38 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Xanadu vineyard Margaret River, WA, Australia

Sunset Gnarabup Beach, Margaret River, WA, Australia

Sunset Gnarabup Beach, Margaret River, WA, Australia

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1022
Miles Driven:-61867
Linear Dist: 201694
Countries Visited: 67
Regions Visited: 252
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Hotels: 326
Friends / Family: 274
Camping: 120
Hostels: 223
Transit: 65
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3636
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Journal Entry:
Drove into town and wandered around - it's very sleepy. Had lunch, then decided to go look at one of the caves (this are has four or five caves with tours). On the way I decided to stop at a winery I was passing. The wines were excellent and I decided to see a few more wineries. I ended up tasting a total of 27 wines from eight wineries - and I didn't see a cave. The wines here seem more mature, and well better, than those found in the Hunter Valley. But the wineries are a lot more flash, pretentious, and not nearly as friendly, plus on average the wines cost quite a bit more.

Here are the wineries I visited today:

  1. Chateau Xanadu
  2. Redgate Wines
  3. Voyager Estate
  4. Leeuwin Estate
  5. Vasse Felix (My favorite)
  6. Gralyn Cellars
  7. Ribbon Vale
  8. Pierro

After tasting I spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach swimming, sunning, and reading. Watched the sunset then went back to the hostel. Ended up watching the Australian Open on TV (Aggassi beat Sampers).


Related Sites:
Australia's Wine Planet
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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