The fact that the Margaret River area produces excellent wine is not exactly a huge secret. Although the wine takes centre stage, the fact that Margaret River also boasts a fantastic selection of cafés and winery restaurants for both locals and tourists to enjoy is not as well known. Despite that, Margaret River actually has a rich history that shows why the area is able to grow high-quality produce.
The region’s first settlers were aboriginal, and the Dutch settlers who followed were persuaded to settle in what became the town of Augusta. Not long after, another group of settlers found that the region’s jarrah wood was so incredible, they were able to repair their ship, the HMS Success, and sail home. Many of them found the quality of the wood to be remarkable and attributed the quality to the naturally rich soil found in the Margaret River region.
Wines have traditionally been made from grapes due to their naturally fermenting properties without having to add sugars, enzymes, strains of wine yeast, or other agents. Wine-making has since evolved across cultures, introducing an almost infinite blend of aromas and flavours made from other fruits abundant in a region. In Western Australia, for instance, modern wineries in Margaret River, such as The Berry Farm, have infused vibrant and luscious notes of apples, lemons, berries and other seasonal fruits into their wines.