Offering Specialised Gourmet Food & Wine Tours
- GRAPE ESCAPE SOUTH WEST TOURS -
Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance. -Benjamin Franklin
G'day! By way of introduction – we are Paul & Geri, husband and wife team, Owners and sole Operators of Grape Escape. We are totally food and wine obsessed (WSET Level 3 Certified) who started this business out of our passion for wine.
We moved to Margaret River in February 2017 and started Grape Escape & Pawesome Tours – the first dog friendly tour operator in Western Australia. Our aim is to provide totally bespoke tours with excellent customer service and visiting what we believe are the best cellar doors and restaurants in the region.
Before we became residents, we spent the last decade visiting the Margaret River region every chance we had and made it our mission to work our way through every cellar door. As a result, our wine collection has grown to over 800 bottles with 99% of the wine being purchased at the cellar doors we have visited from around the country.
We worked in the corporate world in Perth for a long time earning good money to pay for amazing holidays and built our dream home right on the edge of the city. Still though – we were never satisfied, we felt like we were wasting our lives working in jobs we did not love and eventually late in 2016 we made the decision to sell every asset we had, quit our jobs and move to Margaret River to follow our dream… Start a wine tour business. It was a huge risk and leap of faith but one that would change our lives for the better forever.
We figured that the past 11 years has been building up to this, we have an excellent knowledge of the area and the wineries. We have taken the best of various tours we have been on all over the world – with all of that experience we are able to deliver something amazing and share what this region is all about with as many people as possible.
We love to go to the smaller boutique wineries where we often get to chat to the winemaker or the owner, with some of the best wine we have ever experienced – and we have experienced a lot – for quality control of course. We have spent many holidays travelling to some of the most famous wine regions in the world but we are now proud Margaret River residents and have never looked back.
After only 6 months of operating we were named as a finalist for the best "New Tourism Business" in the state for the WA Tourism Awards 2017 and in 2018 we were winners in the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce Business Awards in the "Arrived & Thrived" category as well as the "Outstanding Visitor Experience" award - a true sign that we are on the path to great things. So why not join one of our tours & let us show you the beauty that is Margaret River through our eyes.
Our fleet of brand new vehicles includes:
13 seat Toyota Commuter
7 seat Hyundai iMax
5 seat Mitsubishi Pajero Sport