Cabin Fever: Our wine event picks for 2023

Cabin Fever returns for 2023 in a little under two weeks. Spanning 10 days and nights from 14 to 23 July, it's a time when the Margaret River Wine Region truly comes alive.

The region has such wonderful produce, and together with talented chefs and winemakers, you will be treated to world-class wining and dining.

And this year, wine lovers, you're in for a treat - there are 21 wine events to choose from!

It's time to grab your winter jackets and escape the house. Enjoy some good company, feast on wintery fiery delights and taste some fine wines made by our local legends.

Here we've selected our top picks for Cabin Fever 2023.

1. Flames + Games: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July

Spend an afternoon in front of the fire playing your favourite card and board games with a glass of wine.

Hosted by Clairaut Streicker, this free event will liven your weekend and eliminate any winter blues. You can compete for prizes, join the fun of the communal jigsaw puzzle, feast on smoked and woodfired delights from the kitchen and soak up the live blues music. Winter weekend perfection!

2. Ransack the Cellar: Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 July

On consecutive Saturdays during Cabin Fever, Cape Grace is offering a tasting event like no other. Red wine lovers you won’t want to miss this intimate tasting!

This exclusive vertical tasting will take you through their single vineyard, estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, from the 2012 vintage to 2016. Guided by Head Winemaker Conrad Tritt, you will explore the nuances and evolution of these exceptional wines.

3. Yarri at Snake & Herring: Sunday 16 July

Are you curious about winemaking and the processes involved in blending red wines? This is the event for you.

Join Snake + Herring winemakers Tony "The Snake" Davis and Redmond "The Herring" Sweeny in this fun and interactive blending session. You'll get to taste unfinished wines and learn what's involved when taking fermented juice to finished wines. Followed by a delicious long-table lunch catered by the team from Yarri.

4. Pie Meets Wine: Monday 17 July

What could be better than sitting amongst the Karri trees in Boranup forest with a winter pie and a selection of red wines?

Award-winning Boranup Pies & Ale will be bringing their award-winning winter pies to warm your insides while you enjoy a wine flight of Fermoy Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, hosted by Fermoy Estate winemaker Jeremy Hodgson. Sounds like a deliciously wholesome afternoon feast!

5. Savouring the Art of Shiraz: Friday 21 July

Savour Syrah and Shiraz at this stunning Masterclass, led by Leeuwin Estate Chief Winemaker Tim Lovett.

Starting with a tasting in the Leeuwin Art Gallery, encompassing two brackets: benchmarking five Shiraz from regions across Australia, followed by a deep dive into Leeuwin Estate’s Shiraz with a tastings from five vintages accompanied by canapés.

After the Masterclass, you will enjoy a three-course Shiraz-centric lunch in the Leeuwin Estate restaurant, paired with the new release 2021 Art Series Shiraz alongside the spectacular 2011 Museum release.

6. Red Hot at Swings: Saturday 22 July

Swing’s Yallingup is opening their doors for a celebration of museum red wines and fiery performances for the final weekend of Cabin Fever.
Enjoy treasures from the Swings ‘Wine Library’ and special access to back-vintage wines, with flame-touched canapés and tasty woodfired bites.

All the while, immerse yourself in the soundtrack from the dual DJ sets of Simon Mellor and Ru Teweeh, for a sensational Saturday night in the Margaret River Region.

7. Rise & Dine: Sunday 23 July

Be treated to a five-course Sunday brunch paired with award-winning wines at Xanadu on the final day of Cabin Fever.

Feed your soul with warm delights from Head Chef Andrea Gasparini's kitchen and ease into your Sunday afternoon with live music in the cosy winery restaurant.

Head to the Cabin Fever website for more info and to purchase tickets to the events.