Margaret River, Western Australia
Located approximately 300 kilometres south of Perth, the Margaret River wine region today stands as one of Australia’s finest and most popular wine regions.
The Margaret River wine region first rose to prominence in the mid 1960’s, when respected argronomist Dr John Gladstones likened the climatic conditions of the region to those in Bordeaux. A half a century later, the ‘Bordeaux’ style blends of Cabernet/ Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc/ Semillon are some of the regions most famous wines.
Margaret River is also responsible for arguably Australia’s finest Chardonnays, with the likes of Leeuwin Estate, Cullen, Pierro and Voyager Estate just some of the great names calling Margaret River home.
Margaret River consists of six sub-regions across its 120km length, each bringing its own distinct flavour characteristics to the spectrum of Margaret River wine. Each of these sub-regions are strongly maritime-influenced, as might be expected in a region surrounded by the ocean on three sides.
The moderating influences of the nearby oceans and the marked Mediterranean climate in terms of rainfall ensure slow, even ripening for beautifully balanced fruit that contributes to some spectacular wines.