Voyager Estate is a beautiful winery in the always impressive Margaret River region. It is easily one of my favourite parts of the world. It is a foodie heaven and is a veritable treasure trove of incredible wineries. If you’re a wine lover and haven’t already, then a day spent driving down Caves Road is an absolute must! It’s just winery after winery and they have beautiful cellar doors and many have lovely restaurants. On second thoughts, you are going to need more than a day…make it a week!
One such winery is the very impressive Voyager Estate. Founder, Michael Wright chose the site of the vineyards in Stevens Valley because “it had the ideal characteristics to create wines that are at home amongst the world’s best. Its geology is the oldest in Australia and the gravel soils, microclimate, aspect and consistent maritime influence make up the foundations of the distinctive Voyager Estate style.”
I’ve enjoyed many bottles of Voyager Estate wines over the years, it’s a well-crafted and entirely enjoyable drop and I’d say that my GG would count their Girt by Sea Cabernet Merlot as one of his favourites.
For those however who don’t drink wine, then an option now offered by Voyager is their Sparkling Grape Juice. It is available in both white and red and is made from their Estate-grown grapes, which are selected during the vintage and treated with as much care and loving attention as the grapes they use in their wines.
I recently had the opportunity to try their Sparkling Grape Juice and it is indeed a pleasant drop. Elegantly presented in vintage chic brown cardboard 6 pack boxes, at first glance it is easy to assume that these are a boozy beverage. Lightly fizzed and not too sweet, I think they work really well for those times you are keen to enjoy a non-alcoholic option. Perfect perhaps for a Dry July challenge or if you have a bun in the oven or it would even be popular with kids as a replacement for soft drinks.
My sister and GG also shared this sentiment and we enjoyed a lovely dinner where VE Sparkling Grape Juice was the beverage of choice. I’d say of the two I preferred the white, just because it wasn’t quite as sweet as the red, which actually reminded me a little of Ribena. Like a grown up, fizzy Ribena drink, nothing wrong with that! A case prices at $100, which translates to $4.15 a bottle, which isn’t too bad when you think about what a bottle of soft drink goes for these days. I’d much rather drink fizzy grape juice then a soft drink where artificial sweeteners and other mystery bits and pieces are thrown in the mix. Keep it au naturale with high quality bottled grape juice.
Voyager Estate Sparkling Grape Juice has been so popular that their 2012 vintage has just sold out, but if you keep an eye on their website the 2014 vintage isn’t far away! As soon as its in stock it can be ordered through their website or in selected retailers across Australia including The Herdsman (Churchlands) and the Boatshed (Cottesloe) in the West.
Thanks to Voyager Estate for sending me some of their Sparkling Grape Juice to try :)