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This is another important region which initially suffered an identity crisis but from which it has now emerged. Only Pemberton (in Western Australia) has generated as much debate over its name. Because of legal complications involving the initial choice of Koppamurra as its name, this region was slow to take hold. However, after Koppamurra Wines was established in 1973, the pace of regional development accelerated and dramatically so during the decade of the 1990s. There are now 11 major vineyard developments and 2300 hectares (5683 acres) of vineyards have been planted. As in the case of Padthaway, much of the production is used by major wine companies, notably Hardy's Wines, Beringer Blass and Yalumba, in blended wines. It is unfortunate that full recognition of the importance of the quality of this region's wine may be slow in coming. In 1998 Heathfield Ridge, the large contract-crush winery was constructed. Its primary purpose was to service the needs of the major grape (and bulk wine) Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

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  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

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