Since the first significant planting of vines in 1967, the Margaret River wine region has become regarded as one of the great wine-producing regions of the world. Although the region contributes only 3 per cent of Australia's wine grapes, it commands over 20 per cent of today’s premium wine market.
The Margaret River region includes the rolling hills of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, extending 90 km north-south between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, and is bounded to the west by the Indian Ocean.
At an altitude of just 40 metres about sea level and surrounded by the ocean on three sides, Margaret River's climate is strongly maritime-influenced.
The principal soil type is that of the ridge which runs from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin; it is predominantly gravelly or gritty sandy loam that has formed directly from the underlying granite and gneissic rock. The soils are highly permeable when moist but moisture is quickly shed from sloping sites. Back to Regional Philosophy