In the heart of Wilyabrup Valley, Hay Shed Hill is an absolute must-visit next time you’re down south. A seriously stunning winery which single-handedly proves that Margaret River is worthy of its reputation for pristine wine, incredible food and breathtaking landscapes, you’ll want to make a booking stat.
Head down the long driveway and you’ll be greeted with rows upon rows of those vines we love so much, dirt tracks and serene bushland. Nestled in the middle of all that beauty is Rustico, one of our favourite restaurants in Margaret River. Made famous by its sister venue in Rockingham, this spot is known for dishing out one of the South-West’s best value and most delicious degustation menus, not to mention an amazing list of wines that you’ll want to snap up and take home with you.
Before heading to lunch, it would be rude not to visit the cellar door which puts on an impressive tasting experience you really need an hour for. With a huge wine list, your best bet is to let one of their amazing sommeliers take you through a tour of what Hay Shed Hill has to offer. Just keep in mind that lunch is still to come and you definitely want to remember every single thing you’re going to devour, so use that spit bucket if you need to.
The five-course chef’s menu which will set you back $70 is our favourite way to dine here. Add matching wines (which come very generously poured, you’ve been warned) for $45, or if gin is more your thing you can opt for the gin tasting paddle for $25. The menu is seasonal but expect only the best. Think mouth-watering scallops on a cauliflower puree, roast pork belly with crackling and fall apart beef cheeks that you’ll be hanging out to eat again.
A few plates (and glasses of wine) in and you’ll probably be thinking you’ve stepped into Spain with all of the delicious European inspired goodness going on, but rest assured, Marg’s famous local produce is on the menu here and we’re pretty sure that’s why this dego is one you’ll never forget.
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Image credit: Hay Shed Hill