Where is Margaret River?
Margaret River is a small town a little south of Perth in Western Australia. A road trip from Perth takes around three scenic hours’ drive - when you spot your first vineyard. The region is made up of mostly boutique-sized wineries. It produces just 3% of Australia’s wine production, yet it accounts for a whopping 20% of the country’s premium wine. In just 50 years Western Australia’s Margaret River region has gone from being known by a few, to a powerhouse of internationally-famous Australian wine.
How warm is it?
This is another region with a Mediterranean climate. Ideal humidity levels during the grape-growing period, soil-types and viticulture practices result in high-quality fruit with intense flavour. The long, warm days are moderated by sea breezes from the Indian and Southern Oceans. Being close to the coast, the area is well-known for surf breaks and migratory whales. Interestingly, the climate has been described as similar to that of Bordeaux in a dry vintage.
What varietals come from here?
Margaret River reds are elegant, medium-bodied, display extraordinary fine fruit character and have the potential to age exceptionally well. The most popular regional varietal is easily Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Shiraz and Merlot.
Langton's Margaret River Wine Show
Since its introduction in 2002, Langton's Margaret River wine show has grown beyond expectations, making it a superb brand platform for Margaret River wines. The show takes place from the 30th of October to the 2nd of November in conjunction with the Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge. The new addition of the Cabernet Challenge initiative provides an opportunity for Margaret River wine producers to engage with the greater wine community, inviting participants from all over Australia.
Where to from here for Margaret River?
Margaret River will continue to develop its reputation as an outstanding region for premium wine. The region, perhaps more so than any other in Australia, is well positioned to be at the forefront of developments in viticulture. With its relatively recent history, the culture in Margaret River winemaking is one of innovation and science rather than centuries-old tradition. Pioneering winemaking isn't just accepted - it's expected. And that's why Margaret River will remain one of the most exciting regions for Australian wine.