Australia as a whole has many wine regions spanning across the extents of the country. The western wine region refers to those situated on the western state of Australia. Although the state extents to a large part of the continent, the wine regions themselves are located primarily on the lower areas which have a cooler climate to the top region as a result of the cool winds blowing in from the lower part of the Indian Ocean. Although Western Australia only produces less than 5% of the total wine output of the country, it has a high demand for its quality of produce. Although the region began as a result of Swan Valley in 1829, with the introduction of Margaret River and the Great Southern regions which have cooler climates, the vineyards of Sawn Valley are fast diminishing. Compared to the hot viticulture climate of the Swan Valley, the cooler Antarctic currents of the southern regions are better conditions for the growing of grapes. However, Swan Valley still remains among the largest sources of wine from the West Australian region comprising of grape varieties from Chenin Blanc to Verdelho to Chardonnay which is harvested in January.
This is located at the southern tip of Western Australia and receives a cool climate as a result of the effects of the Indian Ocean and is now a leading destination for food and beverages for the Tourists. The boutique breweries such the howard park wines in Margaret River offer tours in the cellars and tasting opportunities like no other. With over 120 producers of wine in the region, it has vineyards of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semilion, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Try out the crayfish from the ocean with a glass of Howard Park wines or taste the local array of cheese and chocolates at the farmers markets and have a dip in the sea in the twilight. The four-day Margaret River Gourmet Escape happens every year in November and is a key tourist attraction in the region which attracts the best of the best wine makers and chefs to the shores of Margaret River.
The Great Southern
Comprising of a rectangle spanning for 200 kilometers and a hundred kilometers, this is Australia’s largest wine region having five sub regions simply for wine. Mount Baker, Porongurups, Albany, Frankland River and Denmark are the five sub regions defined as per geographical locations with vineyards spreading far and wide across these regions. Known for Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Malbec and Shiraz, this region has a similar Mediterranean climate to that of Margaret River but with less rainfall. This is also the coolest viticulture region of Australia. Find out more about sparkling red wine, go to this link.