Howard Park is a must-see destination in Margaret River, as one of the foremost architectural buildings in the region.
The winery was commended for its architecture by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 2000, and judged among the nation’s top 12 buildings by The Sydney Morning Herald, incorporating traditional Feng Shui principles with a contemporary Australian aesthetic.
Howard Park is the home of sparkling in Western Australia, as the biggest producer of these wine styles in the state, and the only winery in Margaret River to make Champagne-method in-house.
Calling two wine regions home – Margaret River and Great Southern – has allowed Howard Park to emerge as an Australian leader in crafting Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and methode traditionelle sparkling wines.
This breadth of wine and commitment to pursuing the highest quality fruit makes Howard Park one of the most memorable tasting experiences in Margaret River. Visits are unique in their multi-regional approach; comprehensive and full of story-telling.
With historic vines at the doorstep, guests are fully immersed on any visit to Cellar Door, indulging in tastings of interest and depth that embrace Howard Park’s heritage and provenance: the vision of one family, two generations, two wine regions and four vineyards.
Set on 138 hectares of vines and native bushland, less than 5 minutes from the town of Cowaramup, the property is a spectacular place to witness the changing of the seasons. The meandering driveway reveals the striking winery building, nestled among native Marri & Jarrah trees.
The Cellar Door itself is surrounded by spacious lawn areas, where guests are invited join one of many annual events, or bring a picnic, borrow a blanket, a bocce set and enjoy a glass of wine under the sun.
CELLAR DOOR TASTINGS
Howard Park Cellar Door, is open 10am – 5pm daily (and most public holidays) and can offer an extensive choice of tasting options – from general tastings at the bar to seated style wine flights.
Bookings for small groups (1-5) are not required for our wine tastings but as capacity is limited we’d advise pre-booking during peak periods to avoid disappointment. Bookings are required for groups of 6 up to a maximum of 10.
Tasting fees for a general tasting at the Cellar Door bar start at $10 per person, refundable upon purchase.
PREMIUM TASTING FLIGHTS
Join us for a more in-depth wine experience with one of our premium seated tasting flights.
For those after a more personal wine tasting, a dedicated member from our cellar door team will guide you through a line-up of rare & exclusive wines in an informative setting.
Icon Wines Tasting Flight – Five wines, $25 per person
The very best of resources, critical site selection and meticulous viticultural care has gone into each Icon wine; the Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon, the Allingham Chardonnay and the A.S.W. Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz.
Only a small number of Icon Wines are made each vintage. It is our pleasure to offer them to you for this rare tasting, alongside an aged example carefully chosen from Howard Park’s museum cellar, which encompasses over three decades of history.
Methode Traditionnelle Tasting Flight – Four wines, $15 per person
Howard Park is the home of sparkling wine in West Australia, as the largest producer of champagne-method wines in the state. The entire Jeté wine range is named after the Burch family’s long history in the world of professional ballet.
Try our line-up of four methode traditionnelle sparkling wines and learn about the winemaking process as it has evolved from an ancient tradition.
Contact us for any special requirements you may have.
- Do I need to need to make an appointment to taste wines?
- Private groups of 6 people or more will need an appointment to taste wine. Otherwise we are open for everyone daily from 10am to 5pm.
- What’s the best way to taste wine?
- It is best to begin by smelling the wine, trying to decipher what different characters you can pick out (is it sweet, dry, can you smell particular fruits or flavours?). Then we recommend taking a sip & holding it in your mouth over your tongue to really take in the flavour.
- What should I look for when tasting wine?
- The main aspect is whether or not you like the wine. You can also consider balance (are the flavours harmonious?), acidity (is it racy, does it zing?), length (how long do the flavours last in my mouth?), texture (what does it feel like on the palate?) & intensity (how powerful are the flavours?).
- What should I be smelling?
- Firstly, whether or not you like the smell, & how it may reveal what is to come on the palate, or how it differs from the palate. Then you can try & pick out individual flavours that we use to describe wine, like fruits, spices (coffee, cocoa) savoury elements (meats, mushrooms, salt) or natural elements (eg wood, earth, hay, flowers, minerals).
- What flavours can I expect to taste?
- Wines usually have general descriptors like fruits, spices (coffee, cocoa) savoury elements (meats, mushrooms, salt) or natural elements (eg wood, earth, hay, flowers, minerals).
- What should I be thinking about to put it all together?
- Is this wine in balance & do I like it? Would I like to drink this by the glass on its own, or would it be better matched with food?
- How much does it cost to taste?
- Tastings are free for Wine Club members, or individuals purchasing a bottle of wine. Otherwise we charge a small fee of $5 for MadFish & $10 for Howard Park for a tasting of up to 8 wines. We offer more in depth seated wine flights at various price points, & have tasting packages for larger groups.
- Are you allowed dogs?
- Dogs are not allowed inside Cellar Door. They are permitted on the property outside if on a lead & supervised at all times.
- Can I come with a group?
- Groups of up to 6 people are welcome at any time without an appointment. Larger groups are welcome with a prior booking.