I'm a mum from North East England taking a break for 6 months in Perth whilst on maternity leave. We're aiming to do as much as we can whilst falling in love with WA.
Published February 16th 2013
A few years ago we visited the vineyards in the Cape in South Africa, which were stunning and geared towards family enjoyment and meeting friends. So, as we headed down south we had high expectations of the wineries of Margaret River.
As we drove along we were overwhelmed at how many there were and found ourselves plummeting for the one that looked nice from the roadside ( we're no wine experts and clearly didn't do any research!) We booked lunch at Laurance Winery and were impressed at the attentiveness of the staff and the sheer beauty of the place.
Our 3 year old bolted to the playground which was well situated near the eating area and enclosed. A pre dinner drink on gorgeous comfy bean chairs was a wonderful way to appreciate the wine and the views. We then chose some taster plates and began the arduous task of having to explain to the staff that my husband has a nut and sesame allergy and to check the menu etc.
It's a rather frustrating task and we're normally met with "we can't guarantee..." Or given a long list of things you can't eat, or simply the look that makes you feel that you're a trouble maker and maybe being a little dramatic! So, we were thrilled when the chef came out to talk to us personally and sat down to discuss how he could adapt the menu to suit our needs!
The food came and it was wonderful, so flavourful and just perfect to nibble on whilst wine tasting. I can't really comment on the wine as I am no expert, but the bottles were very pretty and unusual! The children had great fun, we relaxed and were thrilled at the service and the atmosphere. We took a walk in the grounds before leaving and left smiling from the words inscribed on a sculpture by Dianne Laurance "....please take a moment to reflect on the freedom and opportunities that this great country of ours gives us all".