Margaret River or “Margs”, as we the locals affectionately call our home. Situated on the West Australian coast between the stunning Cape Naturaliste and where the Southern and Indian oceans meet at Cape Leeuwin. Margaret River is a three-hour drive from Perth and is a mecca for wine and food lovers. Just as popular with surfers, whale watchers as it is with wine buffs. Our secluded slice of paradise allows you to sip on a glass of cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay while experiencing some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Cradled by the Indian and Great Southern Oceans, the Margaret River wine region enjoys a gentle maritime climate of cool wet winters and warm dry summers. Plentiful, pure water and idyllic Indian summers provide superb growing conditions for many grape varietals and is also superb for people.
The region’s geologically ancient decomposed granite soils are well suited to grape growing. Combined with the favourable climate and own-rooted grape cultivars, the vines and wines are alive with a vivid core flavour and generous texture.
The Margaret River region hosts thousands of tourists every season and many go on a wine and cellar door tour.
Margaret River Unplugged Tours offer gourmet food and wine experiences and private charters, bringing the best the region has to offer.
Helena Chlepnac, the owner of Margaret River Unplugged, has a passion for great food and wine and has created The Margaret River Wine & Vine Experience. She has created this course to enable visitors to the region to learn about and experience wine and the ‘terroir’ within which it is produced. The term ‘terroir’ embraces the concept of how the elements of the natural environment in which the vines are grown, collectively impact on the taste of a wine.
She has collaborated with winemakers and viticulturists, artisan food producers and award winning chefs to offer this unique Margaret River wine experience.
Helena Chlepnac (MA) holds the WSET Level 2 Certificate in Wine and is currently enrolled in the Level 3 course.
She has lived and worked all over the world. After several years in Victoria where she developed her interest in wine, she then moved to Hong Kong where she started Australian Wine Cellars with the support of the Price Warehouse Young Entrepreneurs Program under the mentorship of Len Evans. These were the early days of the wine industry in Hong Kong and she was fortunate enough to meet many pioneers and legends in the wine industry.
After 30 years in Europe, including teaching at the Hotel Management School in Zurich, she returned to Dunsborough and continues to pursue her passion for wine and education.