Margaret River Wine Region

Margaret River Wine RegionWhile many early settlers planted grape vines and made wine, the first significant planting of grape vines took place in Margaret River in 1967, following a Government report into the suitability of the soils for viticulture. Most of these first vines were planted in the Willyabrup area.

The wines that were made from those first vines received early acclaim and the rush to be part of the Margaret River Wine Region began.

Stretching 120km from north to south and 30km from west to east, the Wine Region was officially registered in 1996, making it one of the first three wine regions in Australia to have its boundaries legally defined.

Although the region produces just three percent of total Australian grape production, it produces over 20 percent of Australia’s premium wine market. The principal grape varieties are fairly evenly split between red and white; Cabernet SauvignonChardonnaySauvignon blancSémillonShirazMerlotChenin blanc and Verdelho