The Australian Margaret River Wine Region is one of the most vibrant and popular regions around when it come to wine. It covers around a hundred and twenty kilometers from the rolling hills around Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuiwin, and spreads about twenty-eight kilometers inland, bordered by the Southern and Indian Oceans. It is also known for the quality of its table grapes and wines, and has been ever since the first serious plantings in 1967.
The region’s wines really started taking off ten to twenty years ago, revitalizing the area’s economy. Since the middle of the 1990s, the region has been called one of Australia’s fastest growing economies. Wines from the area are exported around the world, and some varietals are quite famous and have won awards in their categories.
This region is one of the largest wine producers existing in Australia, and more than twenty percent of the country’s premium wines come for the Margeret River Region. However, only three percent of the country’s grapes are grown here. There are many small, independent producers in the region, making some of the most delicious wines available.
The climate in the area of the Margaret River region has been referred to by some as Mediterranean, with similarities to Bordeaux dry vintages. This dryness and pleasant temperature is among the many factors that have been attributed to the success of merlot and cabernet sauvignon produced in the area. They are not the only wines that Margaret River has to offer, of course.
The closeness to the coast influences the production of this region greatly, probably more than any other major producer in Australia. After all, there is only a seven degree annual range in temperature, resulting in even warmth.
Soil conditions are excellent in the Margaret River Wine Region, too – these deep loams allow the roots of the vines to dig deeply and deal with the dry summers without problems. Sloping sites are characteristic of good vineyars in the area, letting water be readily available without causing sogginess – few grapes are produced on each vine, but the ones which are have highly concentrated tastes.
The region also tends to have wet winters and relatively dry summers, with nearly perfect humidity levels at the time when the grapes need that the most. The result is a consistently high quality, deeply flavored fruit that makes excellent wine.
This fruit is generally picked in a combination of machine and hand techniques to make sure that it is harvested when it’s the ripest. Harvests usually occur between February and May, with the grapes, weather, and ripening determining when it the fruit will be picked.
All these different environmental factors create wines known for their intense color, robust flavor, and high quality. This is why Margaret River is known for wines ranging from shiraz and chardonney to cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc and their blends. If you want the best out of your wine, try wines from the Margaret River region.
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