© Elements Margaret River
© Elements Margaret River

Margaret River is a relative late arrival on the Australia fine wine scene. The assessment of the viticultural potential by Dr John Gladstones in the 1960s started the  expansion in this area. Classic maritime influence and gravelly soils in the best sections of the region make it ideally suited for the production of high quality Cabernet Sauvignon.

The region has a strong maritime climate and a marked Mediterranean climate in terms of rainfall whose seasonal consistency has allowed Margaret River’s international reputation to flourish. The region is a vibrant and popular wine destination blessed with true rugged natural with its accompanying lifestyle so is very attractive to visitors.

Margaret River
Margaret River
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Margaret River snapshot

The Southern and Indian Oceans meet at the southernmost tip of this region creating a classic, mild maritime climate.

Cabernet Sauvignon forms the backbone of the best red wines and Chardonnay the best white wines. Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends round out the high quality offering from this stunning region.

4,875ha
Total vineyard area
40-90m
Altitude
33° 57'S - 38° 29'S
Latitude
275mm
Growing season rainfall
20.4°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
1690
Heat degree days
White
50%
Red
50%
Type

Cabernet Sauvignon

This is the variety that has the strongest reputation in Margaret River. Merlot is often used in small proportions in blends. Medium to full-bodied with earthy, gravelly  characters and ripe cassis and violet aromas.

Chardonnay

Typically rich with ripe, complex flavours but never cloying due to a consistent backbone of lime-like acidity.

Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc

Often blended together in varying proportions. Always crisp lively and juicy and sometimes oak fermented and/or oak matured.

Top varieties grown in Margaret River
Climate
  • Overall Margaret River climate is similar to Bordeaux in a dry year
  • Has the most marked maritime climate of any region in Australia in terms of rainfall
  • Low diurnal temperature range leads to very even heat accumulation
Soil
  • The ridge from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin is predominantly gravelly loam on granite and gneiss
  • Overall water holding capacity is low

Stories of Australian Wine

Regional associations

Margaret River Wine Association