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Margaret River

Wine growing area (GI) south of Perth between Geograph Bay and the south coast in the state of Western Australia. It belongs to the South West Australia zone. The area on the coast of the Indian Ocean is the most visited Australian tourist wine region and a surfer's paradise. The first vineyard was planted in Bunbury in 1890, but large-scale viticulture has only been around since the mid-1960s. In 1978 the first system of origin became here Australia introduced, which was unsuccessful. There is an oceanic, quite humid climate with lots of winds. The vineyards cover around 1,000 hectares along the Margaret River and its side valleys. They are 40% planted with the white varieties Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Verdelho, and 60% with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Zinfandel. There will also be a large amount of table grapes produced. The best-known producers of around 75 wineries are Amberley Estate, Brookland Valley, Cape Mentelle, Château Xanadu, Cullen Wines, Devil's Lair, Evans & Tate, Fermoy Estate, Happ's Vineyard, Leewin Estate, Lenton Brae, Moss Wood, Pierro, Sandalford, Sandstone, Vasse Felix, Willespie and Woody Nook.

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