Margaret River in Western Australia has been producing wine since the 1960s, and has formed a reputation as a producer of high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and other varieties. There are around 150 wineries in the region, across approximately 5,000 hectares of land.
Climate, soil and activities
The climate in Margaret River has a diurnal range of less than 8°C, which means that frosts are rare and the conditions are mild, and that the region avoids the extremes of scorching summers and freezing winters. Soils vary, but are principally permeable sandy loams formed from granite and rock.
The region also boats plenty for visitors to do and see, including surfing beaches, wildflowers, lighthouses, fishing, beautiful drives and walks, agricultural shows, and wine events – such as the Margaret River Wine Show that has been held in November each year since 2002. This event seeks to promote local wine styles and to provide the opportunity for local growers to receive feedback on their products.
An overview of some Margaret River wineries
Amelia Park Wines
The winemakers at Amelia Park Wines in Dunsborough, an award-winning winery that began in 2009, are devoted to creating hand-crafted fine wines that are elegant and enjoyable, while also being complex in structure.
An example is the winery’s Margaret River Cabernet Merlot – a medium-bodied wine that received 94 points from Wine Companion, and also won a Gold award in the London International Wine Challenge 2015.
Amelia Park Wines has been awarded five stars from James Halliday, for its production of wines of “exemplary quality and typicity.”
Moss Wood winery
This winery is one of the region’s originals, having been planted back in 1969 in Wilyabrup. Its wine styles include Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Moss Wood vineyard is almost 12 hectares in size and is situated on a north-east facing slope with a variety of soils, from red-brown loam over clay subsoil to sandy loams. Varieties planted here include Cab Sav, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Examples of wines include its Moss Wood Semillon with lemon, green apple and fig aromas, and Amys Cabernet Blend which displays some deep berry fruit characters and which is a blend of Cab Sav with Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot.
Dormilona is a boutique winery in Yallingup, and a small batch producer of organic natural wine in Australia with minimal added sulphur preservative. Dormilona’s wines include its Semillon Sauvignon Blanco, created from certified biodynamic fruit and fermented in old French barrels, and Rosado, a dry and light Rosé made from Tempranillo and also produced by the most natural methods possible.
We invite you to try out some of these excellent beverages from the Margaret River region!