Margaret River and restaurant Vat 107

Having worked and lived in Western Australia for some time, Benjamin Christie was well qualified to take us 3 hours south of Perth down to the wine growing region of Margaret River where he visits Vat 107 Restaurant and a number of wineries.

Margaret River is located near the coast between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin and boasts a variety of vineyards growing high-quality table wine grapes in the Mediterranean climate of the region. Some of Australia’s most popular wines are produced in Margaret River with well known brands such as Amberley Estate, Brookland Valley Vineyard, Brookwood Estate, Cape Mentelle Vineyards, Clairault Wines, Cullen Wines, Driftwood Estate, Evans & Tate, Howard Park Wines, Leeuwin Estate Winery, Madfish Wines, Moss Brothers, Palandri Wines, Sandalford Wines, Voyager Estate and Xanadu Wines.

Owned and operated by Jenny Spencer and Gary Cream, Vat 107 is a unique establishment bringing a little of the city to the country. Vat 107 has stylish decor, polished floorboards and marble bars ooze style and city slick. Chef Jamie Farrer, who has been with the Vat since its opening in April 1999, designs his menus with an extensive and intelligent knowledge of local produce. Jamie is a great advocate of local foods and uses fresh seasonal produce from around the south-west region. While Benjamin was there Jamie cooked, flame grilled Western Australian marron with a Greek salad, tempura oysters with sweet soy dipping sauce and twice cooked duck with Chinese pancakes.

Apart from producing some of Australia’s best wines and fabulous dining, Margaret River is also known for its surf with beaches near the mouth of the river famous for their large waves. In fact, in spite of the relative isolation, surfers from around the world come to the region to enjoy the surf and the beautiful coastline.

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107 Bussell Highway
Margaret River, WA, 6285

Vic Cherikoff