Western Australian Wines: A Global Triumph of Terroir and Craftsmanship

Discover why Western Australian wines are nationally & internationally acclaimed, transcending borders and captivating wine enthusiasts globally. Renowned for its diverse terroir and meticulous craftsmanship, Western Australia has become a powerhouse in the world of wine.

Ageing Elegance: Western Australian wines stand out in the global wine scene for numerous reasons, but one particularly distinguishing factor lies in the availability of back vintages coupled with the rarity of the “churn & burn” style commercial wineries. This unique combination affords a plethora of wines the luxury of ageing gracefully in the bottle for several years before reaching the market. Such extended ageing not only allows for the development of complex flavours and aromas but also underscores the dedication of winemakers in Western Australia to craft wines of exceptional quality and character. This emphasis on patience and precision results in a diverse array of wines that offer enthusiasts a tantalising glimpse into the region’s rich viticultural heritage

Unlocking the Terroir Tapestry: Western Australia’s wine success hinges on its diverse and unique terroir. From the famed Margaret River to the picturesque Perth Hills and Great Southern, each sub-region presents distinct soil types, climate variations, and geographical features. This rich diversity allows winemakers to cultivate a broad spectrum of grape varieties, resulting in wines that authentically express the unique characteristics of their origin.

Cabernet Sauvignon Excellence: Elevating Western Australia’s global standing is its mastery of Cabernet Sauvignon. Particularly in the Margaret River region, this varietal takes center stage, crafting wines celebrated worldwide. The maritime influence and well-drained soils create a distinct flavor profile marked by deep fruit concentration, elegant structure, and a profound sense of place, solidifying the region’s reputation as a Cabernet Sauvignon powerhouse. Search WA Cabernet Sauvignon

Chardonnay’s Artful Elegance: Western Australian Chardonnay contributes significantly to the region’s international acclaim. Thriving in cool-climate regions like Margaret River and Great Southern, wines from here rival the world’s best. Winemakers showcase their craft through a delicate balance of fruit purity, crisp acidity, and judicious use of oak, resulting in Chardonnays known for elegance, complexity, and age-worthiness. Search WA Chardonnay

Diverse Varietals Flourish: Beyond Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, Western Australia boasts a rich tapestry of grape varieties flourishing in diverse microclimates. From vibrant Sauvignon Blanc to expressive Shiraz, Grenache, Tempranillo, Malbec, Pinot Noir and many more! With how diverse our wine regions are, we are blessed to grow just about every varietal. See All Our WA Wines Here

Commitment to Excellence: Western Australia’s wines ascend to global acclaim not only due to terroir advantages but also the unwavering commitment of winemakers to excellence. Sustainable practices, innovative winemaking techniques, and a passion for quality contribute to a culture of continuous improvement.

Climate Stability: What sets Western Australia apart is its climate stability, a crucial factor influencing consistent wine quality. While Australia’s East Coast grapples with the impacts of El Niño and La Niña, Western Australia’s climate remains relatively stable. This consistency allows winemakers to plan and execute vineyard practices with higher precision, ensuring optimal grape ripening and resulting in wines of exceptional quality year after year. You often see the East Coast of Australia going through extremes of fires or floods and while WA can be dry, we don’t have the extremes the East has. Our Winter & Spring rain is effected by another climate driver called ‘SAM’ or Southern Annual Mode. Put simply this is the Low Pressure systems that hug Antarctica get pushed further North increasing rain to Southern parts of Western Australia. Rainfall can be amplified especially in early winter when these systems interreact with tropical moisture.

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You can learn more about this climate driver here: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/sam/

After reading all of this I am sure you are ready to try some great wines. Search through our website and discover over 300 Western Australian wines, from over 60 Wineries which are delivered direct to your door. See All Our WA Wines Here

 

Western Australian Wine Regions

Encompassing the The Swan Valley, Chittering & Surrounds the key varietals grown here include Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc & Verdelho.

What you might not know is it is Australia’s 2nd oldest wine region and has the hottest climate of any wine region in Australia. It is actually too hot here to produce certain varietals like Pinot. So, if you find one here, the fruit will probably be from down south.

Being on the doorstep of Perth we often forget it’s only a 25 minute drive from the city. We are so lucky to have a major wine region so close to the city.

An untapped resource that we are excited to showcase. We encourage you to take a drive up through the Bickley Valley. Not only are there some great wineries, but it’s a lovely drive with some fantastic views!

Most wineries here in the Bickley region are quiet young and a little different, with some varietals somewhat uncommon in WA. It has its own microclimate, producing differences in a Cabernet or Shiraz found down on the coastal plain. Up here you will find other varietals like Durif, Tempranillo, Mourvedre, and some Pinot Noir & Merlot.
The region stretches from Jarrahdale, through Bickley and the undulating landscapes of the Darling scarp.

The first commercial vineyard began operation in 1974 by Peel estate, which is still there today and producers some wonderful wines! Shiraz is the area’s strong suite.

The sea breeze comes much sooner than the swan valley keeping the temperatures a little cooler. Unfortunately, a region with few wineries that have a cellar door at present.

The Ferguson Valley and surrounds sits about 15 mins East of Bunbury and is home to a number of small boutique wineries. It’s majestic rolling hills, and the changes between the prevailing summer easterlies to the afternoon sea breeze makes for a diverse set of microclimates.

The region also encompasses the coastal plain, and down to Donnybrook providing different styles. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc are the kings of this area, but wineries are experimenting with new plantings.

World renowned Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay live here, but there is still diversity in the climate that creates different styles from a winery 30km North of Margaret River, to 15km’s south of Margaret River.

There are 70 wineries with a 5 star rated (James Halliday) Cabernet. Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon are also strong in the area. Margs wipes other Australian regions off the table when they blend a Sauvignon Blanc and a Semillon.
If you have not been a fan of Chardonnay in the past, I suggest you give it another go. Styles change, and the regions Chards is rated amongst the best in the country.

Situated to the East & West of Bridgetown the area is exposed to cooler temperatures and a higher elevation compared with Margaret River.

The Blackwood Valley mainly produces quality aromatic Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. You can expect to find a vivid shiraz full of black fruits, and a textured, medium-bodied cabernet sauvignon. There are much fewer wineries in the Blackwood Valley compared with Margaret River.
The first vineyards in the region were established in 1976 and the area is now home to several award-winning wine producers and grape growers who supply some of Australia’s finest restaurants.

This is Karri Forrest country, and the rich soil is loved by Vineyards and Avocado’s galore! Its cool and wet in Pemberton for about 6 months, receiving far more rainfall than most other wine regions in WA.

The area can receive over 1.2 meters of rain per year. It is not uncommon in summer for Perth to be Sunny and 33c, while Pemberton is partly cloudy with cool ocean breezes from the South East and only 24c.
This lush soil combined with cool weather helps Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay thrive here, and keep an eye out for a lovely floral Cabernet Franc as well.

Much debate has been had over splitting up the Manjimup and Pemberton regions. Manjimup has a warmer climate and less fertile soil whereas Pemberton’s soil is richer.

The Warren River runs through the middle to split up the regions. The area is reasonably young in plantings, dating back to the late 80’s. The wines produced in this area are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and a few Cabernet Franc’s. For me, the Manjimup and Pemberton regions produce the states best Merlot. If you haven’t been a Merlot fan, it could be you are yet to try one from these regions.

The biggest single wine region in Australia – I bet you did not know that! There is such diversity in terrain, climate and soil type that just about anything thrives down here.

Denmark, Mount Barker and the Porongurup’s are the key areas, Some of WA’s finest Shiraz comes from north of Denmark in the Frankland River area, while most of Australia’s best Rieslings come from the Porongurup’s. Just ask James Halliday who says it himself!
Due to the sheer size of The Great Southern and its varied terrain, it has the capacity to produce world-class wines from a range of classic varieties. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay. There are 5 star wineries littered throughout the region. I need no convincing in taking a trip to Denmark for their wineries.

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