West Australia Twilight Cruise with Bali Sommeliers

Posted February 2013

Amed from Ku de Tat, Eko from Metis Restaurant, Erick from Nikko Hotel, Suartika from The Legian, Putra from Sip Wine Bar, and Gery from Vin Plus are some of the top sommeliers in Bali, Indonesia. They visited Margaret River wine region this past March to learn more about winemaking and the wines of the region. The ocean is a major influence in the region, so a twilight cruise seemed like a fitting grand finale to their trip.

Since it's uncommon to have extra-curricular activities during vintage, this was a welcomed excuse for a break. Several of us from Vasse Felix (Tamara, Rolls, Marc, and I) were fortunate to join the Bali crew, along with Cullen's winemaker Trevor Gordon, Ashbrook Estate founder Tony Devitt, and Austrade's Mat Lewis.

The Ocean Eco Adventures​ cruise departed Dunsborough (40 minutes north of Margaret River township) in the afternoon and cruised around the calm waters of Geographe Bay. Wine industry folks know how to party, which meant we were well-prepared with a wide array of fantastic wines to accompany the delicious food provided. With great company and beautiful scenery, I think it's safe to say that we all thoroughly enjoyed this trip. I just hope we could do it again some day!

Thanks to everyone for making an evening to remember, to the crew from Ocean Eco Adventures for their friendly and professional service, and to the Vasse Felix winemaking team for letting me sneak off for an afternoon!

Copyright © 2022 :: Michael Horton
Copyright © 2022 :: Michael Horton