Although the Margaret River region is the new kid on the block when it comes to wine production, it didn’t take the area long to begin making a name for itself when it comes to quality wines.
Now, the 2016 edition of the Australian Wine Companion has just been released, and 60 wineries in the Margaret River region won the highest of accolades, achieving 5-star status for their products.
Vineyards and Wine Tours around Margaret River:
Whether resident or visitor to Western Australia, if you don’t take a day out to enjoy one of the many wine tours in Margaret River’s viticulture region, you really are missing a unique experience.
Vineyards have been part of the Australian landscape since the late 1700s when wine production began at Farm Cove, a settlement in New South Wales. With so many immigrants arriving from Europe, vineyards began to expand across the country and by the early 1900s Britain was already importing over 500,000 gallons of Australian wine annually.
The Margaret River wine area:
By the middle of the 20th century Australia had a well established wine industry, although the quality of most of it fell short compared to wines of the major European growing areas.
It was in 1967 that Dr. Tom Cullity planted the first vines in the Margaret River area. Now, Margaret River has 12,000 acres of vines, with 187 wineries that crush over 35,000 tonnes of grapes from 215 vineyards – every year.
The Best Wineries in Australia
Established in the 1970s, Margaret River is home to some of the most famous wineries in Australia, producing mainly world-class cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, and is popular with oenophiles across the world. Why not tour the best wineries in Margaret River? There are some great places to eat and stay along the route. There is no shortage of vintages to try as well as a great selection of liqueurs, ciders, fortifieds and sparkling. You can also enjoy these with excellent homemade food like scones, jams, pies, seafood and other local cuisine to truly get a taste of the famed wine region.
Margaret River is not only the location of Australia’s best wineries; it also has a beautiful and diverse coastline. The most northerly point is Cape Naturaliste, where you can climb a historic lighthouse and enjoy spectacular views.