Winery wandering has to be one of our favourite things to do down south. We know Margaret River has a massive selection of cellar doors, but if you travel a few extra hours south you can reach the Great Southern wine region, home to delicious cooler climate wines and under-the-radar wineries and cellar doors.
Next time you’re in Denmark, be sure to pop into one (or a few) of the town’s best cellar doors, perfect if you wish to sip on chardonnay in the sunshine or find a malbec to take back to your Airbnb.
Any local will tell you Singlefile is a must-visit winery in Denmark. The cellar door offers seated tastings, so once you’ve found a spot to park up – either at an intimate table for two or at one of the benches outside – the friendly crew will come by to top up your glass and give you the rundown on the wine selection.
It’s a very relaxed affair, especially with the gorgeous backdrop of towering eucalyptus trees and lush lawns leading down to the lake. Singlefile is known for its chardonnay, but it’s worth trying their entire range, including the sparkling and French Provence-style rosé. A hot tip: if there’s a wine that takes your fancy, order it by the glass and enjoy a little complimentary cheese platter.
90 Walter Rd, Denmark
Rockcliffe has a generous selection of wines for you to sample at its cellar door, located just 4km from Denmark’s townsite. Run by Steve Hall, the welcoming and relaxed cellar door warmly encourages you to flick through the multi-page tasting list of award-winning wines at your leisure. While you’re there, be sure to treat yourself to some handmade gelato. Come summertime, the lawns are abuzz with live music and food trucks for the Rockcliffe Summer Music Series.
18 Hamilton Rd, Scotsdale
Forest Hill Wines
Make sure you visit Forest Hill’s cellar door for a tasting before you head over to the adjoining fine-dining restaurant Pepper & Salt. After you’ve sampled the quality wines in the dimly lit cellar, pop upstairs to the restaurant and pick one of your favourites to pair with lunch. Head chef Silas Masih offers a menu of Fijian-Indian-inspired dishes, so, how about a glass of riesling with the barramundi curry?
1564 South Coast Hwy, Denmark
The Lake House Denmark
Picture this: you’re sitting on a bench in a flower-laden garden, listening to birds chirping, sipping on a crisp white wine and grazing on a gourmet platter of local cheeses, marinated olives, crusty bread and relishes. Sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? That’s exactly what you can expect from The Lake House in Denmark, set by a beautiful large lake. Pay a visit to the cellar door first, so you can sample the winery’s range before you pick a favourite to pair with a Vineyard Platter. There’s also the option to order a takeaway picnic hamper, perfect for taking to the beach, back to your accommodation or even to enjoy on a picnic rug by the lake and weeping willows.
106 Turner Rd, Shadforth
Ducketts Mill Wines & Denmark Farmhouse Cheese
Ducketts Mill’s cellar door is also home to Denmark Farmhouse Cheese, a win-win if you ask us. The platters here are incredible and absolutely loaded with cheese handmade on-site (with dairy sourced from a farm down the road), sliced deli meats, relishes, olives, sourdough and fruit. For something lighter, try a tasting board with just cheeses and crackers, or a burger or toastie, which are equally as tasty. The cheeses are perfectly paired with a Ducketts Mill semillon sauvignon blanc or riesling, but if you can’t decide, pop up to the counter for a tasting.
1678 Scotsdale Rd, Denmark
A quaint cellar door and restaurant on the Scotsdale Tourist Drive, drop by Estate 807 to taste the superb pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc along many other varieties. Attached is a restaurant set on the enclosed verandah, operating on weekends for lunch and offering a menu of Asian-fusion cuisine.
807 Scotsdale Rd, Denmark
Housed in a stunning white Tudor-style building and surrounded by vines and gum trees, Castelli Estate is a cellar door up on Mount Shadforth, only a couple minutes’ drive from town. The in-house restaurant is open at lunchtime serving traditional Italian dishes, plus cheese boards and freshly baked bread for light grazing with a glass of vino. Aperitivo Time is a new event Castelli Estate has just started each Friday from 4pm to 7.30pm, which will see you start your weekend with a cocktail or glass of wine accompanied by Italian bites.
390 Mount Shadforth Rd, Denmark
Header Image Credit: The Lake House Denmark