Your Guide to the Great Southern Wine Region
Now when most people think of wine and Western Australia their first thought is often of the famed wine region of Margaret River. However Margaret river is only one of the many amazing wine regions in the state. So if you are looking for somewhere that is a bit more off the beaten path and a bit less crowded than the touristic Margaret River region then consider heading to the great south west region. Here you will find the perfect spot to fill your glass and tantalize your taste buds.
This is one of the largest wine regions in the state. A great place to head if you are keen for a little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. This region is over 200 kilometers from east to west and runs 100 kilometers inland so be sure to set aside a few days to visit the 50 some wineries and restaurants that pepper the area. Due to its location this is WAs coldest wine region and thus it is known for producing cool climate wines from its nutrient rich soils.
Consider basing yourself in the cozy town of Denmark. A small mountain town alongside the beach with some of the best accommodation options that will have you nestled up in a cozy chalet in the mountains complete with a wood burning fireplace and perhaps even a bath with glass walls that overlook the gorgeous and private views of the karri trees. With Denmark as your starting point you are spoilt for choice. There is a winery around every corner in this small town.
One of the more famous wineries in the area would be Singlefile Wines. With a history of exceptional wines that truly capture the wine making tradition of the region this place is a must visit. Afterwards if you are keen for one of the most scrumptious tasting platters around head over to Ducketts Mill Wines. Here you can get a tasting platter with fresh made cheese and more for 2-6 people paired with a wine of your choice.
But let’s not forget that Denmark is only one of the 5 sub regions for wine in the area. When you’re ready to expand your search a bit further then head over to Albany, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. There are so many amazing choices in each area but we help narrow the selection down with a few recommendations. For Albany the Oranje Tractor Wine is a boutique winery that pairs fresh made goodies from their onsite farm with a selection of wine tastings. In the Porongurup ranges Duke’s Vineyard is a must with rich wines and unforgettable views of the Stirling Ranges. While in Mount Barker be sure to check out the historic Plantagenet Wines and Gilberts Wine if you are after some tasty chicken to go along with your wine.
While in the area be sure to accompany your wine tasting tours with a side of some of the stunning nature and breathtaking landscapes that are on offer. The ancient mountain ranges and towering forests with karri trees is a sight you will not soon forget. You can even walk amongst the giant tingle trees at the Valley of the Giant Tree Top Walk. Afterwards head to the Stirling Ranges and the Porongurup Ranges for a walk. Bluff Knoll and the Granite Skywalk are the most popular walks in the area but be sure to check out Nancy Peak and Mt Toolbrunup Peak if you have time.