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Margaret River: region
Western Australia, Australia
Mediterranean climate with strong maritime influences
Number of wineries
212
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay

Margaret River is known as one of the most remote and isolated wine regions in the world. Surrounded by ancient forests and rugged coastlines, this region is packed with five-star wineries. Once considered a hidden oasis, this region took off in the wine industry after the arrival of two research scientists in the 1950’s deemed it an ideal location for growing high-quality grapes. And as they say, the rest is history. In the space of less than fifty years these dedicated winemakers have cultivated an international reputation for producing first-class cabernet sauvignon and chardonnays.

Tucked away on the south-western Australian coast between Cape Leeuwine and Cape Naturaliste, Margaret Rivers attracts beachgoers and food lovers alike to this slice of secluded paradise. Hugged by the ocean on three sides, the ancient soils combined with Mediterranean climate are ideal for grape growers; and the cool sea breezes create a long, dry ripening season capable of taking their renowned Cabernet Sauvignon vines right to the end of the season. The true quality of the Cabernet Sauvignons being produced in this area is clear to see in the wine reviews. Of the over 160 wineries in the region producing their own distinct Cabernet, 70 of these wineries have been given a five-star rating by James Halliday.

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Experiences and attractions

Explore the outdoors

With rugged coastlines and diverse national parks, this region offers plenty of activities for all nature-lovers. Try your skills surfing on the clear waves or canoe along Margaret River itself. On land there are also a maze of trails to explore, whether you are looking for a quick walk or a multi-day hike.

Margaret River Chocolate Factory

The original factory for the Margaret River Chocolate Company opened in Margaret River in 1999 and has been one of the most popular tourist destinations since. With free entry, you can nibble on complimentary tastings whilst looking over production of their delicious range of chocolates.

Whale Watching

Every year between June and December these beautiful creatures migrate from the Antarctic and Margaret River plays host to an estimated 35,000 whales for this 6-month period. Watch the action unfold from the Cape to Cape track and numerous lookouts, or jump on a whale watching cruise to experience their majestic grace up close.
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