When people talk about wine regions, places like Alsace in France or Napa Valley in the U.S. often spring to mind. However, world-renowned wines are also being produced in Australia’s own backyard. Take the Margaret River wine region, for example.
Margaret River may not seem like your traditional wine region at first. After all, the coastal town is also a renowned surfing destination, with over 40 beaches that attract surfers from the world over. However, the same conditions that make it ideal for surfing also make it a great place to produce wines.
In a span of a few generations—the first vines were planted only in 1967—wines from Margaret River have become some of the most sought after vintage in the world. Among its much-touted wines include chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet and shiraz. Some vineyards, like The Berry Farm in Rosa Glen, also specialize in creating sparkling fruit wines made from strawberries, pears and passion fruit.
Despite the wine region’s popularity though, most vineyards maintain a niche operation, with seasonal crush volumes at a relatively modest 3.5 to 10,000 tonnes. This ensures that each bottle is lovingly crafted in order to achieve the best taste possible.
Given the area’s mouth-watering wine selections, it’s not surprising that viticulture is Margaret River’s primary economic driver. With some 150 wineries and nearly 5000 hectares under the vine, this paradise for wine lovers will continue to thrill taste buds around the world for years to come.