Welcome To The Wines of West Australia
Westaustraliawine.com has been developed to provide a unique
website dedicated entirely to the international promotion and sale
of West Australian wine.
We have compiled a directory of over 400 West Australian wine producers
cross-referenced by region to enable easy identification of the respective
wine producing regions in West Australia. As part of our contribution
to the promotion of West Australian wine we source wines from all regions
and provide a regular selection of updated varietal styles for sale.
This list changes regularly and is carefully arranged to provide maximum
interest in the wines produced from each of the regions in West Australia.
As an ongoing feature, all wines listed as wines of the week, or the
month, remain archived for your future reference.
Many of the wines offered are limited in production and are therefore
unique products of special quality, developed from a select premium wine
growing area of the world!
We are able to source wines from most West Australian producers, and
invite your enquiries for details of availability from email@example.com.
Our objective is to create a forum for West Australian wines to become
better known throughout the world, and to provide assistance to all international
friends of wine in the form of information and an understanding of the
wines produced in West Australia.
To assist in promoting a better understanding of the impact of weather
conditions on growth development and eventual crop results, in the West
Australian wine regions, a regular feature shows the latest satellite
image of existing and developing weather patterns.
Although this is a unique export-only website, as a special service
to overseas customers, we can accept orders direct through firstname.lastname@example.org for
wines selected from our website for delivery to nominated addresses within
Australia. For details of
payment procedure simply select the wine/s required and contact email@example.com for
a return quote on cost and delivery to the required address. Deliveries
can be made to most regions within Australia in less than 7 days
You are invited to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any
questions that you may have from time to time about our wonderful wine
industry here in sunny West Australia.
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All wines offered for sale are rated using a star system for your guidance,
and you will note that the maximum rating is 5 stars, with wines of 3
and 4 stars also listed. Wines that cannot achieve a 3 star rating are
not offered for sale on this website.
All wines must be of premium quality to warrant selection for your interest.
We hope that you’ll enjoy visiting our website and that you will
find our regular updates of great interest.
We look forward to providing an interesting and unique service to you,
Overview of West Australian Wine Regions
The total area under vine in the combined nine established
wine regions of West Australia is now over 10,460 ha or just over 26,150
The total grape crush for the 2004 vintage was 96,000 tons.
Area under vines 2,310 ha (5,775 acres). As the largest of the eight regions,
the Great Southern produces outstanding varietal styles from Shiraz,
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with some excellent Pinot Noir from specific
sites. Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc are the three main white
varieties produced. Riesling from the Great Southern regions and particularly
from Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup sub regions produces
outstanding examples of this delicate variety. Chardonnay is successful
throughout the Great Southern regions and some excellent wines are consistently
Area under vines: 630 ha (1575 acres).
The rainfall in this region is quite high and it is the centre of some of the most magnificent forest country in the world. Manjimup has long been thought of as climatically suitable for wine grape production and perhaps comparable with Mount Barker and Frankland areas in the Great Southern region. It has similar gravelly Marri* soils. Most of the potential vineyard sites and soils around Manjimup are in the drainage basins of the Warren and Donnelly Rivers, at lower altitudes than the town. They are therefore warmer and have better temperature variability characteristics. Manjimup should be thought of as an intermediate between Mount Barker in the Great Southern region and Margaret River, though still perhaps closer to Mount Barker in temperature and potential wine qualities.
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Area under vines: 860 ha (2150 acres)
An exciting area which has emerged over the past decade, situated between the Great Southern and Margaret River regions. Whilst the climate in Pemberton is cooler there is moderately fertile soil structure and more humidity than the experienced in the immediate region of Northern Manjimup.
The transition from Marri* to predominately Karri** soils that takes place about halfway between the towns of Manjimup and Pemberton signals a fairly major environmental change.
The Karri loams in their pure state are formed from gneissic country rock, and could (reasonably) be expected to promote vine vigour. However gravelly soils, similar to those in the Manjimup region, remain on many of the higher slopes.
As well as differing dominant soil types, there is a slight southward gradient to lower temperatures (despite Pemberton’s lower altitude) together with falling sunshine hours and more rainfall (except in January and February).
The determination of separate regions for Manjimup and Pemberton was gazetted by the geographical indication committee are the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation in early 2006.
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Area under vines 4250 ha (10,625 acres). Cabernet Sauvignon wines from
Margaret River have established a fine international reputation with
Merlot and Shiraz also producing outstanding styles. Benchmark whites
established from the region have resulted in some excellent full-bodied
styles from the Chardonnay variety, which remain an important feature
of the white wine production in this region. Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
and smaller plantings of Chenin Blanc have also been responsible for
very successful dry styles of significant regional character. Although
plantings are small, other white varieties in production also include
Marsanne, Rousanne, Viognier and some fine Riesling.
Area under vines 600 ha (1,500 acres). The principal red varieties being
produced in the Blackwood Valley region are Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz
whilst smaller experimental plantings of other red varietals are being
evaluated. Some excellent wines have already emerged from Chardonnay
and Sauvignon Blanc and it would seem that the region will continue to
expand its plantings of these varieties.
Area under vines 710 ha (1,775 acres). The predominant red varieties being
produced from this region include Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
with white varieties of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Recent
small plantings of Tempranillo have also produced some outstanding wines.
This region promises exciting development in the coming 5 years as earlier
plantings consolidate amongst some of the older vineyards.
Area under vines 140 ha (350 acres). Due to the close proximity of this
region to Perth, future development seems likely to focus on the eastern
parts of this region to take advantage of some excellent elevated sites
of gravely loam on the Darling Escarpment. The main red varieties in
production are Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon which have proven ideal
for this region with the white varieties of Chardonnay, Semillon and
Chenin Blanc also well suited to this area.
Area under vines 110 ha (275 acres). Whilst covering a large area the Perth
Hills region includes a sizable amount of state forest and other non-arable
land. The region runs north/south for a distance of approximately 110
km, in a band of about 25km wide. Due to the topography and limited areas
for planting throughout this region most of the established producers
would be considered as boutique. Many of these specialise with small
plantings of varietals for niche markets. The major red variety produced
is Cabernet Sauvignon with some Shiraz. The principal white varieties
planted include Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.
Area under vines 850 ha (2,187 acres). Centred on the Swan Valley this
is West Australia’s oldest wine producing region. The rich alluvial
soils of the Swan Valley contribute to outstanding production of Shiraz
and Cabernet Sauvignon whilst white varieties from Chardonnay, Chenin
Blanc and Verdelho are also highly regarded. This area is also recognised
internationally for its diverse range of fortified wines which include
some magnificent liqueur Muscats, Tokays and Port styles. Adding further
to this diversity are some impressive wine produced in methode champenoise
styles using locally grown fruit.
Travelling In West Australian Wine Country
To gain an appreciation of the distances encompassed by these 9 wine
regions, the lower end of the Great Southern region is approximately
of Perth at Albany and that is the furthest distance from Perth. The
Perth Hills and Swan District extends 60km north of Perth so that it
to visit all the regions in the space of 5-7 days. However, to enjoy
the journey, visitors should allow at least another 2-3 days, it will
the extra time.