If you like premium wines, you’ve heard about Margaret River. It produces just 3% of Australian grapes but winemakers from the South-West make it count.
What makes wines from Margaret River so good?
First, it has a great climate, a warm temperature all year long (only 7.6° range between summer and winter) and a strong maritime influence which provides the perfect amount of rain. It is somewhat close to the climate in Southern France, and its ocean influence is similar to the Atlantic Ocean for Bordeaux.
As a consequence, they widely use the classic Bordeaux blend and French varieties, such as Cabernet-Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillion, Shiraz and Merlot.
This wine region is fairly recent as producers settled there in the early 70’s and celebrated 50 years of the appellation in 2017. This was not due to chance. Harry Olmo and John Gladstones worked hard to identify the perfect soil and climate for wine production in the South-West in the 60’s. Their scientific approach to wine-making paid off, as Margaret River’s reputation quickly moved beyond the borders.
The region has only 215 wineries, most of them crushing less than 100 tons per year. Among the most famous we can cite Arima, Hay Shed Hill, Howard Park and Killerby.
The Margaret River Wine Route is a nice way to discover this small piece of paradise, if you are willing to make the trip and take a car from Perth. Or you can get the best online deals and free delivery right here.