There are many fabulous wineries in the Margaret River region but Swallows Welcome, the smallest winery in the region, is really something special. Tim & Pat Negus first planted grapes in 1994 and the family run business has been producing wine since 1997. The rural setting is peaceful and the artistic influences are evident on arrival.
Patricia Negus is a well known watercolour artist, her illustrations of wildflowers and birds have graced the pages of many books. Tim & Pat built the mudbrick and timber Chapel of the Flowers, a serene gallery, to exhibit 102 of Pat’s works that are featured in Wildflowers of Southwest Australia (the plastic chairs were remnants of a recent social occasion).
The beautiful leadlight windows create a subtle ambience.
The delights continue outside,
the garden is a testament to Pat’s love of nature.
We made our way, past the magnificent magnolia tree, to her studio, filled with stunning artwork, books and cards for sale.
We wandered through a gorgeous courtyard cottage garden,
inhabited by a few frogs
and the occasional snail.
After all the distractions, we finally reached the tasting room,
adorned with more colourful leadlight.
Pat guided us through the range of superb reds,
finishing with a nip of Pensioners Port. Tim’s self-portrait graces the label
and his other works decorate the walls. Pat instructed the boys on the fine art of labelling
and they soon had a dozen ready to ship home.
I could have lingered in that garden all day but lunch was beckoning. It’s a good life for some……..