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Margaret River
Wine region
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Margaret River wine region
Country Australia
Part of Western Australia
Total area 425,500 hectares (4,255 km2)
Size of planted vineyards 5,017 hectares (12,397 acres)
No. of vineyards 215
Varietals produced Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Carnelian, Rosé, Moscato, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.
No. of wineries 187

Margaret River is the major geographical indication wine region in southwest Western Australia, with 5,017 hectares under vine and 215 wineries as at 2012. Margaret River wine region is made up predominantly of boutique size wine producers; although winery operations range from the smallest crushing 3.5 tonne per year to the largest around 7000 tonne. The climate of Margaret River is more strongly maritime-influenced than any other major Australian region. It has the lowest mean annual temperature range, of only 7.6 °C, and as well as the most marked Mediterranean climate in terms of rainfall, with only 200 millimetres of the annual 1160 millimetres falling between October and April. The low diurnal and seasonal temperature range means an unusually even accumulation of warmth. Overall the climate is similar to that of Bordeaux in a dry vintage. Although the region produces just three percent of total Australian grape production, it produces over 20 percent of Australia's premium wine market. The principal grape varieties are fairly evenly split between red and white; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin blanc and Verdelho.


There are no official Margaret River subregions, although in 1999 viticultural scientist Dr John Gladstones presented a paper suggesting there should be six subregions based on climate and soil differences namely: Yallingup, Carbunup, Wilyabrup, Treeton, Wallcliffe and Karridale.

Most widely harvested varieties by tonnes crushed

Cabernet Sauvignon 6,460
Shiraz 4,244
Merlot 2,610
Sauvignon Blanc 7,449
Semillon 6,404
Chardonnay 5,569


Robert Oatley Chardonnay
Robert Oatley Chardonnay

A selective list of the 215 (2012) grape growers and wine producers in the Margaret River Wine Region includes:

  • Aravina Estate
  • Ashbrook Estate
  • Brookland Valley Estate
  • Cape Mentelle
  • Clairault Streicker Estate
  • Brookland Valley
  • Cullen Wines
  • Devil's Lair
  • Driftwood Estate
  • Fermoy Estate
  • Ferngrove Vineyards
  • Gralyn Estate
  • Hay Shed Hill Wines
  • Howard Park, MadFish, and Marchand & Burch Wines
  • Leeuwin Estate
  • Lenton Brae Estate
  • Moss Wood
  • Pierro
  • Robert Oatley
  • Sandalford Wines
  • Stella Bella Wines
  • Vasse Felix
  • Voyager Estate
  • Woodlands Wines
  • Woodside Valley Estate
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