Located 300km south of Perth, set between the tranquil waters of Geographe Bay and the rugged Cape Leeuwin, you will find Margaret River, one of the world’s premium and most isolated winemaking regions. With ocean on three sides, Margaret River is blessed with a Mediterranean climate of warm days and warm/cool nights.
While the picturesque vines enjoy the even temperatures and many rain free days the area offers, you will find the local surfers riding the waves of one of the many famous surf breaks that surround this beautiful region – which is also home to the international surfing competition, the Margaret River Pro.
With beautiful gravelly, sandy loam soils formed from the underlying granite and the warm maritime climate, the quality of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in particular produced in the Margaret River region are arguably some of the nation's best, renowned for their incredible depth of fruit flavour, layers of complexity and extraordinary length.
A little further south you will find the Great Southern, home of MadFish Bay and Australia’s largest wine making region. Situated 450 kilometres from Perth, the Great Southern features forests of towering native eucalyptus, karri, marri and jarrah trees, rolling landscapes, mountain ranges, beautiful calm bays and of course a surf beach. Chilly winds blow all the way from the Antarctic providing clean fresh air to the region. For this reason, you won’t see the surfing locals without a wetsuit!
The sheer size of the area results in 5 sub regions of Albany, Denmark, Mt. Barker, Porongurups and Frankland, all of which have distinctive climatic, topographic and soil differences. The climate can range from maritime at the coast – around Denmark and Albany – with cool summer temperatures and high rainfall however as you move more inland to Mt Barker and Frankland. Here, the climate takes on a pronounced continental character with warmer days and cooler nights. With such variations of terroir and climate, these diverse sub-regions have become well known for creating elegant Rieslings, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinot Noir varieties.