Voyager Estate
29 April 2022 | Voyager Estate


We are thrilled to share that our new release 2020 Girt by Sea Cabernet Merlot has been awarded 94 points by Ray Jordan for prominent Australian drinks guide,

A near-perfect growing season, beautifully warm spring weather and one of the hottest Decembers on record all combined to produce a truly exceptional 2020 vintage for Voyager Estate.

‘Mighty good wine for this price. In fact, it's better than that. Clearly the vintage has influenced it because it was a cracker in Margaret River. But the mature gravelly influenced vineyards of the Steven's Valley also contribute. Has a bright and lively red berry character supported by fine chalky tannins and a well-managed oak integration. Balanced and poised in its more medium bodied style, which is perfectly suited for drinking over the next few years. Strike up the barbie' – Ray Jordan, 94 points.

Our Girt by Sea range of wines pay homage to our Estate’s organically farmed coastal vines and our prevailing maritime influence – the long warm summers with cooling afternoon sea breezes, allowing the grapes to reach optimal ripeness.

The 2020 Girt by Sea Cabernet Merlot is fresh, vibrant and approachable, perfect for a mid-week pour or to pair with Friday night pizza.

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Time Posted: 29/04/2022 at 3:57 PM Permalink to CABERNET MERLOT MAGIC Permalink
Voyager Estate
13 April 2022 | Voyager Estate


This past weekend, as grey skies loomed among bright bursts of sunshine, the last cabernet grape was plucked from the vines…signalling the end of vintage for another year.

With the reds reaching optimum ripeness and ready for picking, our dedicated Vineyard Crew charged to the finish line, gently hand-harvesting and transporting beautiful bunches of V9 Cabernet Sauvignon fruit back to the winery.

Our V9 vineyard, endearingly referred to as ‘Old Block,’ is often the last hand-pick of the season. These certified organic vines, planted in 1978, continue to produce some of the best fruit on our property, most of which is destined for the ultimate expression of Voyager Estate, our MJW Cabernet Sauvignon.  

Just over a week prior, the first cabernet was picked from our younger U4 vines. Planted to Clone 337, the fruit displays fresh, bright, crunchy characters, perfect for our lighter nouveau style wines. This was promptly followed by our U12 ‘North Block’ vineyard, planted to the classic Houghton Clone. This certified organic vineyard forms the backbone of our Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, our legacy in a glass. 

With cabernet at the heart of our craft, we are incredibly excited about this year’s yield – the intensity of character, excellent concentration, and balance in the fruit promises to express our special site in Stevens Valley more strongly with each passing season…   

Time Posted: 13/04/2022 at 4:00 PM Permalink to RED OBSESSION Permalink
Voyager Estate
5 April 2022 | Voyager Estate


Recently we welcomed guests for the sold-out launch of FOLIUM [Latin: leaf] – a celebration of the vineyard’s interconnected lifecycle, and Head Chef Santi’s last menu with Voyager Estate before he returns to his homeland of Spain.

As dusk fell over the Estate, so too did a sense of bittersweet anticipation. In his close-to-five years with us, Santi’s fervour for sustainable local produce and crafting immersive degustation experiences inspired by our organically farmed wines, has taken our Restaurant to new heights. His contribution to Voyager and the Margaret River culinary scene has been immense.

Guests were treated to delicious snacks in the garden, followed by a captivating seven-course journey, inspired by the kaleidoscope of autumnal colour and transformation that takes place as our vines senesce into dormancy.  

Delicate Abrolhos Island Scallops, succulent Fremantle Octopus, and venison from our friends at Margaret River Venison Farm are just a few of local delights heroed on this menu, complemented by native ingredients such as finger lime, slender ice plant and sea purslane that grace our salt-swept coastline. Each dish has been created from the wine up, mirroring flavour, texture, and sense of place – a true culinary immersion.

The FOLIUM experience runs through to mid-May – we encourage guests to book ahead for this very special outgoing menu from Santi.

Stay tuned to the Voyager Instagram for more menu highlights over the coming weeks.

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Time Posted: 05/04/2022 at 11:07 AM Permalink to FOLIUM Permalink
Voyager Estate
24 March 2022 | Voyager Estate


Chardonnay is the heart and soul of our craft at Voyager Estate.

As we wrap-up the harvest of this year’s chardonnay grapes, we are excited to unveil two new Certified Organic releases – the Voyager Estate Chardonnay and Broadvale Block 6. Nurtured from the ground up, these wines reflect our aim to shine a light on Margaret River and mark a special moment in our organics journey.

We have been farming sustainably for decades and with every passing year, our team learns more about the unique qualities of each vineyard site. Since beginning the journey to organic certification in 2017, we have shifted our operations in various ways, including using beneficial bugs to combat pests, making our own compost, and evolving our irrigation system to conserve water.

Through this sustainable ethos, our vines have begun to regulate themselves and show increased resilience, as we put more life back into the soil. With reduced yields, the vines are encouraged to work harder and delve deeper, and we are seeing a marked concentration of flavour, minerality and vineyard character in each release. This is complemented by a ‘less is more’ approach in the winery, allowing the nuances of site, soil, and season to really shine.  

The 2020 vintage was truly exceptional, with a near perfect growing season followed by a very warm December. Milder conditions through January ripened the grapes beautifully and saw the team starting harvest in early February. The chardonnay was picked first, with pristine freshness and bright varietal expression – the result is two exceptional wines that tell a unique story of time and place.

The Voyager Estate Chardonnay is our legacy in a glass, crafted from six of our best chardonnay blocks. An initial burst of citrus is complemented by fine, toasty oak and a clean mineral edge – the perfect balance of power and elegance.

Broadvale Block 6 continues to be, hands down, the most exciting parcel of chardonnay on the Estate. Perched atop a gravelly hill that gently slopes to the east, it is planted only with the Dijon 95 clone. This wine has reinforced the need for our team to stand back and let the site do the talking.

“Making Broadvale Block 6 Chardonnay is always exciting. As a juice, it ferments naturally each year due to the lower sugar levels at harvest. It has a flavour profile that builds nicely during ripening and is quite distinctive when ready. Elements of it remind me of Corton wines from Burgundy. This year’s release again shows character and drive in abundance” – Travis Lemm, Winemaker.

These two newly Certified Organic releases are now available via our online shop.

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Time Posted: 24/03/2022 at 3:00 PM Permalink to HEART AND SOIL Permalink
Voyager Estate
8 March 2022 | Voyager Estate


On International Women’s Day, we are celebrating all the women we’re fortunate enough to call colleagues, customers, and friends.

A special salute to the exceptional women at Voyager Estate, who are dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind wine experiences for our guests each and every day – including our award-winning Sommelier, Claire Tonon.

Tell us about your wine journey – when did you know you wanted to become a sommelier and how did you get there?

Like many of the best things in life, I “fell into” the world of wine. I returned to Australia from Italy as a young university graduate and didn’t really have a precise career direction, so I applied for a job as a secretary. Within a few short months I was hosting wine tastings for Wise Wines! A few years later I returned to Italy, where historic producer, Bisol, sent me off to complete the Italian Sommelier course. As they say, the rest is history…

You’ve spent plenty of time in Italy – how would you describe the differences in our cultures’ approach to wine? 

There are always exceptions, but I find the Italian consumer predominantly knows and drinks wine from regions closer to home. I find Australia’s wine culture to be more inclusive and explorative – people love the opportunity to taste different varieties and wines from a broader array of regions, both from around Australia and the world.

What are you most proud of in your wine career?

Receiving WA Good Food Guide Regional Sommelier of the Year in 2021 confirmed that there’s a growing understanding of the role of the Sommelier being so much more than creating a long list of wines. It recognises the importance of a sensitive approach to wine and food pairing, of impeccable service, and of sharing knowledge without pretention. That’s bigger than just being about me, and would have to be one of my proudest moments.

Are there any women whom you admire, or have influenced you in your wine career?

Jancis Robinson MW OBE is my wine idol…the first woman to become an MW from outside the wine trade in 1986. I doubt there’s a single topic even remotely related to wine she couldn’t explain in exacting detail!

Our Technical Officer, Alex Miller, advises the Production Team on all manner of issue; yields, pest and disease management, sustainability, our organic conversion and so much more, yet she always manages to have an encouraging word for all. Truly inspiring! 

What challenges, if any, do you see for women in the wine business?

While I think the days of the wine industry as a “boys club” are numbered, I do feel that women in this industry still need to work harder and longer to be recognised in their field compared to their male counterparts. The limited number of women in top management positions throughout the wine business is testament to this challenge.

How are you supporting and empowering the team at Voyager Estate?

A big part of my job is staff training. I hope, by providing every person – no matter how they identify – with respect and equal access to education opportunities, I am supporting each individual in our team to find their own strengths and way of expressing themselves within the wine business.  

What advice would you give to young women who want to pursue a career in wine?

To succeed in the wine business, you will need passion, tenacity, and drive. Study hard, work hard and enjoy the ride (and a glass or two)!  

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Time Posted: 08/03/2022 at 4:14 PM Permalink to CELEBRATING WOMEN IN WINE Permalink
Voyager Estate
3 March 2022 | Voyager Estate


We recently welcomed Australian musician and master of all things vinous, Tom Kline, to the Voyager Team as our new Market Development Manager.

Growing up in the King Valley wine region in northeast Victoria with a wine educator father and a well-stocked cellar, Tom caught the wine bug early. In addition to being our east coast Brand Ambassador, Tom is a WSET educator, offers self-written wine courses, and is a contributor to Gourmet Traveller WINE. He is also a passionate musician and talented singer songwriter.

Has there been a particularly memorable moment in your wine journey to date?

Collections of moments while spending time in regions like Piemonte in Italy, and Burgundy in France are hard to go past.  Otherwise, getting to have a glass of wine and a chat with Jancis Robinson at the winery a couple of years back was pretty surreal!

What do you see as the biggest wine trend in Australia right now?

Chilled reds have a huge vibe at the moment. This is more readily an option with the increased array of more delicately structured and fruit driven wines in the market.  Outside of that I think it’s simply a move to more finessed and brighter wine styles both from a producer and consumer standpoint.  Wines that are more about intensity than weight.

Is there a particular ‘genesis’ wine that led you down the path to a career in wine?

I grew up around wine, so I think it was more of an osmosis situation. I’d love to regale you with a romantic story of that “one bottle” that forged the path, but it was my father and his love of wine and wine culture that led me to the industry.

What is your favourite wine in the Voyager Estate portfolio and why?

I’m a big fan of the Estate Chardonnay. It consistently shows such site transparency and balances power and elegance beautifully year on year.

As a passionate musician drawn to wine, do you see any synergies between the two? 

Yes, there’s creativity and sensory experience around both, but I think it’s about being put in the moment.  As a songwriter, there’s no greater feeling for me than when an inspired idea takes hold. Hours pass like minutes, and I think the appeal is the escapism from everyday life. I get that same reward from wine – when I’m smelling, tasting, or drinking wine I’m completely in that moment and freed from thinking of any of life’s stresses. I love that.

What are you listening to when you’re out on the road?

I love listening to podcasts when I’m on the road. You’d think I’d be devouring music given I’m a musician, but I enjoy learning while I drive around (usually about wine!).

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Time Posted: 03/03/2022 at 5:23 PM Permalink to MEET TOM KLINE Permalink
Voyager Estate
2 March 2022 | Voyager Estate


A magnificent sunrise casts a warm glow over the vineyard, as the crew limber up before the first hand-pick of Vintage 2022.

There is a feeling of anticipation in the air, as everyone gathers in Broadvale Block 11 – the first white grapes to be plucked in the cool of the morning. Harvest has officially begun.

It’s always tricky to know what the season will bring (if only we had a crystal ball!) but here are a few early thoughts from our Winemaker, Travis Lemm…

“The warmth is continuing during the day, with cool nights helping to hold on to that bright acidity. The birds are busy feeding on the Marri blossom and have disappeared, leaving our vines in peace…for now!

Shortly we will finish harvesting the chardonnay. All the fruit is looking amazingly pristine. We are especially excited about the intense grapefruit and lemon zest flavours coming off those core Voyager Estate blocks.

The early tempranillo flavours for this year’s rosé are also looking fantastic. We’re also monitoring a small section of semillon for a potential new project, as the quality and yield is too good to this space.”

Time Posted: 02/03/2022 at 9:45 AM Permalink to OUR HANDS TO YOURS: HARVEST Permalink
Voyager Estate
28 February 2022 | Voyager Estate


The summer harvest season is upon us, bringing with it a wonderful energy, colour, and transformation in the vineyard.

Head Chef Santi Fernandez and Sommelier Claire Tonon have weaved their magic to create a culinary journey that pays homage to this exciting time at the Estate.

Cape gooseberries, Western rock lobster, figs, zucchinis, and Society Garlic from the garden are just a few of the pristine local ingredients featured alongside a selection of Voyager Estate’s current releases.

“The height of summer is our busiest and most exciting time of the year – our organically farmed grapes swell, increase in sugar and develop their distinct character. The anticipation is high, as is the sun, with cooling afternoon sea breezes a reminder of our coastal influence. And then, it’s time for the magic – Harvest, as the team gears up to transform beautifully ripe grapes in the winery into wine. Using fresh fruits, summer berries, and pristine produce from across our region, our BACCA Menu pays homage to this vibrant time across the Estate. Our sustainable food philosophy is front of mind, heroing food of place and the wines that inspired these dishes” – Santi Fernandez.

Time Posted: 28/02/2022 at 3:00 PM Permalink to BACCA Permalink
Voyager Estate
14 February 2022 | Voyager Estate


We’re excited to share the next step in our sustainability journey – we have joined International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA), confirming our commitment to taking immediate and long-term action to reduce greenhouse emissions. Through this collaboration, we join leading producers in decarbonising the global wine industry.

IWCA was founded in 2019 by Familia Torres (Spain) and Jackson Family Wines (USA) – two leading wine families deeply committed to environmental stewardship and to preserving the world’s great wine heritage in the face of climate change. In addition to our Net Zero by 2050 commitment, as an ‘Applicant Member’ we have met the minimum renewable energy targets and are on the pathway to having our greenhouse gas emissions audited annually.

"We have been carbon neutral in our operations for many years, and working our way through various energy efficiency measures, not to mention our organic farming practices,” says Michelle McManus, Head of Sustainability for Voyager. “We see this as a natural and critical step to work with other sustainability leaders in the industry to contribute to an even greater impact.”

For more information, visit the IWCA website.

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Time Posted: 14/02/2022 at 4:40 PM Permalink to JOINING IWCA Permalink
Voyager Estate
11 February 2022 | Voyager Estate


A flock of 50 baby Muscovy Ducks have officially joined us as the newest members of our Vineyard Team...

For the last two weeks they have been acclimatising in their custom-built home, and recently made their very first foray into the great outdoors.

Vineyard Manager, Glen Ryan, explained the introduction of our feathered friends is a vital step forward in Voyager’s sustainability mission. 

“Ever since the infamous ‘kicking the dirt’ conversation that started us on the path to organics, we’ve talked about the important role animals would play in this journey. I remember Alex Burt sent me an amazing picture of Indian Runner Ducks in Stellenbosch pouring into the vineyard, and this inspired us to think about how we could do something similar in Margaret River.”

Ducks bring biodiversity into the vineyard, which over time, helps to build vine resilience and naturally return life back into the soil.

“These beauties will also help with insect and snail control. We plan to let them into the vines to scout for bugs each morning, before returning home at dusk to be housed safely away from foxes” Glen continued.

The Vineyard Team have also assigned a Mother Duck to steward and care for the babies. With time, the hope is that they will breed, and the crew will have a new cohort of winged warriors to roam the Estate and ‘quack down’ on those bug hotspots!

Time Posted: 11/02/2022 at 11:10 AM Permalink to DUCKS IN A ROW Permalink