Margaret River Wine

Margaret River is a wine region located in Western Australia. Because the majority of that state is too warm for viticulture, the area, also known as South West Australia, is where the wine regions are clustered due to its coastal climate influences. John Gladstone is credited for surveying Margaret River in the 1960s and recommending it as a potential high quality grape-growing region.

Cape Naturaliste, Cape Leeuwin, the Indian Ocean and Geographe Bay all contribute to the Mediterranean growing conditions that favor the more refined “European” style wines for which Margaret River is known. Unlike the big “fruit salads” produced in other parts of the country, Cabernets and Merlots are more akin to Bordeaux, Shiraz is earthy and gamey like that of the Rhone, Chardonnay is balanced and minerally, Chenin Blancs resemble those of the Loire Valley in dryness and the Sauvignon Blancs and Semillons take on a more grassy appeal.

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

Popular Wineries in Margaret River View all

  • Frog Choir Wines

    The winemaking philosophy at Frog Choir is simple - to achieve flavoursome wines that demonst...

  • Moss Brothers

    When Moss Brothers opened the cellar door to visitors in 1992, in came the wine lovers with their...

  • Barwick Estates

    Barwick Wines brings to you quality wines from three premium wine regions in the South West of We...

  • Arimia Margaret River Winery

    Arimia is a boutique winery located in the Margaret River Wine Region, built by the Spencer-Washb...

  • Jarvis Estate

    Nestled in the heart of the world-renowned Margaret River wine region in Western Australia, is Ja...

  • Devil's Lair

    The winery takes it name from the nearby Devil's Lair cave, hidden amongst the hills of Margaret ...

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Margaret River on Snooth

  • I am another Aussie and I think you may have drunk your Leeuwin too young, or ... to Perth and then down to Margaret River and Great Southern for a week, then fly to Adelaide and several day trips to the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale, and a 2 to 3 day trip to Coonawarra, then to Melbourne and day trips to the Yarra, Mornington Penin... Read More

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  • I'm an Aussie and though I haven't tried the Art Series Chardy, like ... ... it. What vintage was it? Margaret River has had fantastic vintages for the last decade minus probably 2006.One of my favourite modern Australian styles is the Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills. Even though it's in the same state as Barossa, it's a much co... Read More

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  • But so are so many Australian wines, whites in particular. Riesling, Semillon, ... ... and Cabs. They're Margaret River no? That's a cool-climate region as compared to Barossa Valley, and you'd expect decent Chardonnay, but now I feel like an idiot because I can't think off the top of any Australian Chardonnays that I've had recently, includi... Read More

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  • Traditionally Sake or Beer, however I even wonder about Blanc de Blanc ... ... ... Clare Valley Riesling, Margaret River Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blends, Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne, NZ Gewurztraminer, Riesling or Pinot Gris/Grigio, Mornington Peninsula Pinot Grigio, Granite Belt Verdelho, and the rarest of the lot "1893" from the now defunct Ri... Read More

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  • Leeuwin Estate Cabernet Merlot 2009

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    Wine review by Daniel Young


  • Laurance of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Icon 2010

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    Mulberries, plum and a little liquorice on the nose. Red and black fruits, good acidity and velvet like tannins. Great value Cabernet. Read More

    Wine review by BradoP


  • A single vintage of Cab where? Napa? Some section of Napa? That would be very ... from Australia - those from Margaret River and Coonawarra are very much worth trying and they don't have quite the vintage variation as Cabs from Bordeaux for example.Washington has had a number of good vintages recently - for a very good iteration of a fairly pr... Read More

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  • Two Oceans Red Bordeaux Blend Margaret River Cabernet-Merlot 2009

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    Wine review by mark


  • Evans & Tate Metricup Road Chardonnay Margaret River Australia Chardonnay White 2011

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    In a blind tasting I would have thought that this was a sauvignon blanc. Citrus, lemon, grapefruit and acidity dominate the front end, giving way to a medium finish of tangerine peel. Different but nice. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Good wine but it needs a few years for the tannins to soften and the ripe fruit to mellow. Read More

    Wine review by BradoP


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