Margaret River’s Fine Vines Festival returns for its 2023 edition and will see over 80 wineries participate in a wine-soaked programme of more than 30 events this October.

If you travel for wine like I do, pen this in your travel itinerary. Later this year Western Australia’s eminent winemaking region of Margaret River will again host Fine Vines Festival, bringing back the regional wine festival that’s proved to be a hit since 2021.

Taking place from 20 to 29 October 2023, this third edition will feature a lineup of over 30 unique wine-focused events take place all over Margaret River that will delight wine lovers and foodies alike. And at the centre of each event? Margaret River wines of course, set in the spotlight.

Oenophiles among us will of course be familiar with Margaret River’s world-renown wines. Fine Vines Festival 2023 promises to again showcase the quality and diversity of the region’s offerings, particularly its award-winning Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines.

Margaret River dining

Returning signature events in the Fine Vines Festival 2023 calendar include the headlining International Cabernet Tasting hosted by Cape Mentelle, a tradition dating back to 1982, as well as In Praise of Pink, a celebration of pink-hued rosé wines. Also back is the Busselton Wine Hop, a self-guided walk through Busselton to visit small-scale wine producers located  across the city’s best venues, as well as Sparkling Sundowner, a relaxing evening garden soirée at Howard Park Wines.

There are exciting new events as well.

For serious wine enthusiasts, one of the more significant events you should sign up for is Open Vineyards, where you’ll get an inside look at Margaret River wineries that do not have tasting rooms and are not generally open to the public. Among these hard-to-access wineries include cult favourite Cloudburst Wines, as well as rising stars Trait Wines, South by South West, and Burnside Organic Farm.

Fine Vines - Margaret River food and wine

Also new is Somm Trek, which sees award-winning sommelier, restaurateur and certified wine educator Foni Pollitt take guests on a six-hour vineyard-to-vineyard tasting to learn about small-batch wines from a host of small-scale producers.

“The collaboration of more than 80 wineries across Fine Vines creates a fantastic opportunity for visitors to experience some of the best bucket-list wine experiences the region has to offer,” said Margaret River Wine Association CEO Amanda Whiteland.

Guess where we’d be heading this October?

The full Fine Vines Festival 2023 program will go live in early August and tickets will be available via

[Photos courtesy of AHOY Management | Fine Vines Festival]

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