I often get asked by visitors to the Margaret River Wine Region for recommendations on small interesting wineries to visit. The sort of thing where it is not a bottle barn, perhaps they can meet the winemaker and so on. One of the smallest and my favourite is Swallows Welcome, off Wickham Rd just south of Margaret River. Pat Negus is an incredibly accomplished artist and has illustrated a number of books including the Cape to Cape trail guides, and Wildflowers of the South West. They built a mud brick chapel on the property and all the original wildflower illustrations are hanging in the chapel. Her husband Tim decided to try making wine (on a small scale), and they have a cellar door outlet. The wines require some bottle age, but their 2007 Cabernet Franc Merlot is drinking well at the moment. The labels have illustrations by Pat on them. Pat’s studio is next to the cellar door outlet and is open to visitors.
It is interesting to compare this with the shot of the Celestial Bay winery I recently posted – a world of difference!
This is the inside of Pat’s studio.