There’s no denying that Margaret River is the jewel in Western Australia’s oenology and viticulture crown; it’s the west’s answer to the Barossa or the Yarra. But dare to venture a little further afield, and you’ll uncover another one of Western Australia’s wine regions that’s just as deserving of the distinction.
The Great Southern wine region is a humble achiever. It’s responsible for 25 per cent of the state’s annual wine crush and, at a sizeable 39,000km², it claims the title of Australia’s largest mainland wine region. Across the five distinct sub-regions – Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker, and Porongurup – there are over 70 different producers, championing the region’s Riesling and Shiraz cornerstones, and everything else in between.
From the iconic Plantagenet Winery to the nouveau Brave New Wine, Riesling to Malbec, this road less travelled will take you on a tantalising journey through Western Australia’s other premium wine region. It’s a wine wonderland that’s just begging to be explored.