Western Australia's Up-and-Coming Wine Region

The stunning Margaret River wine region

 


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Western Australia's Up-and-Coming Wine Region
The state of Western Australia has just 2.3 million inhabitants, or less than 10% of population of Australia. Needless to say, the whole region is pretty empty, dominated by the endless Outback. Yet Western Australia is home to one of the best up-and-coming wine regions in the world, the fertile Margaret River. 

About three hours’ drive south of the state’s capital, Perth, the Margaret River area produces about 3 percent of Australia's wines, but is responsible for about 20 percent of Australia's ‘premium market’ wines. From its humble beginnings in the late 1960s, over 100 boutique wineries are now nestled here. 

Despite the towering native eucalyptus forests and kangaroo crossing signs, the Margaret River region looks and feels a lot like Northern California. Its temperate Mediterranean climate produces a wide breadth of many varietals of whites and reds – with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay being the standouts. Explore the region’s rugged coastline, huge caves and historic lighthouses while visiting intimate boutique wineries and overnighting at top-notch lodges. This uncrowded, mellow southwest corner of Australia is worth the trek, and the wines will not disappoint. 

Photo courtesy Steel Wool via Flickr/CC

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  • Snooth User: Caroline Henry
    Hand of Snooth
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    Hi Matthew,
    great article but after reading the title on Twitter (WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S UP-AND-COMING WINE REGION) I was thinking of some obscure new trendy region rather than Margaret River - which is in my opinion pretty established both in WA and as one of Australia's premium wine regions:-) Together w the Barossa and the Hunter Valley I would even say that it is one of Australia's best known wine regions:-)

    May 07, 2012 at 2:01 PM


  • Snooth User: Bill427
    1017605 2

    Any news about Amadio wines becoming available in America ?

    May 07, 2012 at 4:48 PM


  • Snooth User: hugh27
    Hand of Snooth
    253137 65

    Arlewood Estates is one of the most scored and premium wines from the region at great price points- worth a try- one of the first of the WA greats
    Hugh

    May 07, 2012 at 5:29 PM


  • Snooth User: jennym
    183722 9

    Having our daughter living in Perth has meant five trips Down Under...and several to the Margaret River region. Have done a Bushtucker canoe trip (but took a pass on the witchetty grubs!), visited Cape Leeuwin...and walked for miles through the Kerri forest when our car died! Great memories...and truly great wines!

    May 07, 2012 at 5:43 PM


  • Snooth User: Bobby Boy
    219559 22

    My wife and I spent a very enjoyable 7 days there including Christmas Day last year.
    Wine highlights are the superlative Cabernet Sauvignon and blends (Moss Wood, Woodlands, Vasse Felix, Houghton Gladstones, Cape Mentelle, Gralyn, Lenton Brae etc.). Shiraz does not show as well here in my opinion. Some very good examples of Tempranillo - too hot for consistently good Pinot - maybe at Pemberton. With whites, Chardonnay is excellent (Leeuwin Estate, Vasse Felix, Pierro, Cullen etc) also Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends do very well, some see oak, others do not. Also some great winery Restaurants NB. Leeuwin Estate, Voyager etc)

    May 07, 2012 at 9:17 PM


  • Interesting introduction to what is, to my mind, a very well-established wine region. Only thing is that I find it hard to consider WA to be termed a cool-climate area. Sure the maritime proximity cools it but this seems generally one of the warmer areas of viticulture around the world. William B.

    May 08, 2012 at 10:10 AM


  • Snooth User: Gunny
    71994 1

    I have had the distinct pleasure of tasting Devil's Lair Reds. Big, superb wines. Give them a try.

    May 08, 2012 at 3:58 PM


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