Superb wines, sublime black truffles, friendly locals and pastoral scenery…what else could a wandering gourmand want?
Characterised by beautiful rolling farmland and towering karri forests, this small wine region covers the area surrounding the charming country town of Manjimup in the Southern Forests of Australia's South West. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in the diversity of fine wines it has to offer.
Within this region pinot noir is widely planted, but its cabernet sauvignon and merlot are beginning to make a name for themselves. Increasingly popular chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and verdelho wines are also being produced here.
Manjimup, is home to Australia’s first mainland truffles and a very successful exporter. Top restaurants right through Australia’s South West use a lot of truffle in their dishes, from infused beef, venison and seafood dishes, raviolis, pates, butters, even scrambled eggs! Truffle season runs from June to August.
The forested areas of Manjimup may have started out as a timber town, but today the region is best known for its great food and wine. Paired with one of the region’s many acclaimed wines, this makes for a seriously indulgent experience. There’s also plenty of things to do outdoors. Try climbing the 51m Diamond Tree Lookout Tower for a bird’s eye view of the Southern Forests. Swimmers can take a dip at Fonty’s Pool, a favourite spot for picnicking families, while those interested in the region’s history should visit the Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park. The Dingup Church and Pioneer Cairn are well worth a tour, as is the One Tree Bridge which serves as a reminder of the early settlers’ ingenuity. In season the Donnelly River provides plenty of opportunities to catch rainbow trout and marron - although given the standard of the nearby cafes and restaurants, you may not need to catch your own dinner!
Things to know about Manjimup
Manjimup is a beautiful region with an ace up its sleeve – the rare black truffles found in the area. While gourmets will be in heaven, there are also many walk trails winding through the towering forests for those with a penchant for the great outdoors. Most of the wineries are all within easy driving distance of one another and will surprise visitors with their wonderful cooler climate styles. There is also a plethora of delicious fresh produce in the area, so get ready for a feast in the forest!
• The delicious Pink Lady apple originated in Manjimup.
• Each year Manjimup holds the Cherry Harmony Festival in December and the Truffle Kerfuffle in June.
• Fonty’s Pool was built by Archimede Fontanini in 1925 to irrigate his vegetables.
• Manjimup’s climate is said to be similar to that of Bordeaux, France.
• Over 80 % of the region is national park and forest.
Visit the local association websites:
Manjimup Visitor Centre - www.manjimupwa.com