Chef and I love nothing more than a delicious meal over a glass of wine when we dine in Margaret River, though we don’t always feel comfortable taking our seven year old “Little Chef” along to some of the fancy winery restaurants. So for us, Aravina ticks all the boxes. It is a classy, but laid back winery, with great food and wine, plenty of things to do and see and best of all its family friendly!
We drive down the sweeping driveway, past the many rows of vines. Aravina has a French provincial style cellar door and is set in gorgeous surroundings, with lush plants and huge lawns for the kids to run about on.
Aravina’s restaurant is top notch and is a great spot for lunch. Only the highest quality local produce is used, with a lot of it grown onsite. There is a dedicated children’s menu, with three choices, a fish burger, a lamb ragu pasta dish and vegetable spring rolls for the more adventurous. There’s not a lot to pick from, but it will keep most kids happy.
Little Chef chose the fish burger. He enjoyed the tasty piece of fish, which had been panko crumbed and served in a soft brioche bun. It came with a generous portion of fries and ketchup too. He wasn’t too keen on the bitter “frilly” lettuce, but did enjoy the home made pickles on the burger. It sure is a fancy kid’s burger!
Adults can expect to enjoy something like this market fresh barramundi, Geographe Bay squid, butternut pumpkin and seaweed butter. Chef and I enjoyed two courses from the set menu for $60 each ($70 for three). We both thought the food and wine was excellent and would absolutely dine there again.
After lunch, we headed to the playground by the dam, which is fenced for the safety of little ones. There’s a few rocky ledges, so it’s best to keep an eye on toddlers. There’s lots of fun and diverse equipment to keep the kids entertained; swings, slides, climbing equipment, a silly mirror and more. The playground has a sand base, there’s some grassy areas too and lots of trees for providing shade.
You’ll be able to spot a few things from lunch during a wander around Aravina’s veggie garden. Little Chef saw just where his fresh frilly lettuce came from!
Both big and little rev heads will appreciate Aravina’s shiny car collection. In the car gallery there’s an ever changing display of modern and vintage Porsche, Holden, Lamborghinis, Ford, Mercedes, Ferraris to name a few. There’s also a gift shop selling beautiful French inspired homewares.
Aravina is a must stop winery for families in the Margaret River region. It’s quite easy to spend a few hours here, enjoying great food and exploring the stunning grounds.
For more information visit www.aravinaestate.com
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