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.
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