Margaret River Vineyards
The Margaret River wine region’s official history began in 1965, after a report by Dr John Gladstones suggested the temperate maritime climate was ideal for premium wine production. He was the first person to draw parallels between Margaret River’s soil & climate conditions, to that of the famous Bordeaux wine region of France. However, immigrant families had been growing vines in the area for decades before.
Over time Margaret River has proved itself as one of Australia’s pinnacle wine regions, producing only three percent of the total Australian grape production, but over 20 percent of Australia's premium wine market.
Our vineyards focus on the varieties that Margaret River specialises in - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz & Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends.
To this aim, we have diversified the location of our sites to experience the best of Margaret River’s microclimates. The Leston vineyard lies in the famed Wilyabrup sub region, noted for its temperate warmth – a producer primarily of elegant Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the south, the Allingham vineyard, located in the Karridale sub region, has mostly been planted with Chardonnay, where this contextually cooler site produces fine, elegant & complex fruit flavours. There is also Sauvignon Blanc planted here, to maintain a fine citrus line in the resulting wines.
The Margaret River region enjoys a significant maritime influence, more so than any other major Australian wine region. Annual minimums reach 7 degrees Celsius on average, though more markedly, less than 17% of annual rainfall happens in the crucial October – April period, which encompasses vine bud burst, ripening & harvest. More than 5000 hectares of the region is under vine, at over 200 vineyards.
Margaret River Region
- Warm maritime climate
- Gravelly loam over clay or granite
- 50 - 100m
- 1043mm pa
- Mid February - Mid-April
Northern Margaret River - Wilyabrup
- Warm Indian Ocean influence
- Warm days & moderate/cool nights
- High accumulated heat energy without extremes
- Ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon
Southern Margaret River - Karridale
- Cool Southern Ocean influence
- Cooler nights
- Ideal for Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc