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...

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  • 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 ...

  • Leeuwin Estate

    After an extensive search in 1972 to identify the most suitable Australian area for the productio...

  • Voyager Estate

    Voyager Estate is located in the premium wine producing region of Margaret River, Western Austral...

  • Arimia Margaret River Winery

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

  • Moss Brothers

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

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