It was inevitable when we changed concepts at Maude to focus on the world’s greatest wine regions that we would end up in Australia.
This destination is particularly meaningful as it’s not only the homeland to Curtis but coincides with Maude’s fifth anniversary this February. Honestly, what could it be more perfect?
While Australia is home to the Yarra, Barossa, and Hunter Valleys as well as Coonawarra, finding our way to Western Australia and to what Curtis describes as rugged, casual, and honest in the sun-blistered areas of Broome and Margaret River in the dead heat of an Australian summer was sure to not disappoint.
Western Australia covers an entire third of the continent and is biologically diverse from the arid Outback to the fertile wine country and beaches in the south.
The state is home to nine wine regions, each with their own distinct notes and signatures, from the international premium wine producers of the Margaret River and the cooler-climate wines of Great Southern, to the boutique family-operated vineyards and passionate artisans of Perth’s coastal plains and forested hills.
Cattle stations, vineyard tours and wine tasting, early morning surfing, foraging, and foodway discoveries led by Aboriginal elders that have survived thousands of years filled the team’s itinerary and has inspired the menu that will take guests back to our roots and where the story of Maude all started.