Uncork the Wonders of the West
Western Australia is home to nine sensational wine regions, each with their own characteristics and qualities.
The Margaret River Wine Region in the south west of the State is by far the most well known and established region. The most successful wines produced are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Make sure to visit some of the founding wineries of the region such as Leeuwin Estate, Vasse Felix and the biodynamic Cullen.
In addition to the world-class wine on offer, here you'll find amazing local produce, spectacular beaches, a warm Mediterranean climate and many fantastic accommodation and touring options.
Luxurious accommodation options in the region include the award-winning Cape Lodge, Injidup Spa Retreat, Quay West Bunker Bay and Seashells Caves House.
The nearby region of Geographe, although less established, produces excellent Chardonnay and Semillon varieties. Further south you’ll find the Pemberton Wine Region, with Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir produced here amongst the beauty of tall timber forests and flowers.
Set on a 160 acre estate, Stonebarn is a stylish new accommodation option. Karri Valley Resort is a also favourite amongst locals and visitors.
The most predominant wine variety in the Manjimup region is Chardonnay, with pinot noir demonstrating its suitability in recent years. In addition to wine, Manjimup is home to a highly successful black truffle industry.
The Great Southern Wine Region is a food and wine lovers Mecca Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon are the most important wine from the region, noted for their exceptional quality. Before you visit download a food and wine trail map of the region from www.greatsouthernregion.com.au/foodandwinemap.html.
There are plenty of boutique accommodation options in the area including The Rocks, The Beach House at Bayside or Chimes in Denmark.
Famous for its chenin blanc, chardonnay and shiraz, the Swan Districts and Perth Hills wine regions (including the Swan Valley tourism precinct), is the oldest wine region in Australia. In this region, there are many things to see and do, including free samples of local produce and exploring the many art galleries and studios.
Images and editorial courtesy of Tourism Western Australia.