MARGARET RIVER WINE REGION

With world class surf breaks, picturesque landscapes and an ever increasing number of first rate restaurants and hotels, the Margaret River region combines impeccably credentialed wines with the cosmopolitan lifestyle to complement them.

The reasons for the quality of Margaret River wines is due to the influence of several natural forces, most importantly of which is the proximity of the region to the Indian Ocean. Most wineries and their respective vineyards, including Evans & Tate, line an area within seven kilometres of the coast. The resulting maritime influences serve to keep the nights warmer and the days cooler than wine regions further inland.

The well-drained ironstone gravel soils and sunny, dry ripening period, despite a relatively high annual rainfall, also contribute to the perfect conditions that help make Margaret River wines so exceptional. The warm current that flows down the west coast of Australia in Autumn and Winter also protect the vines from frost and temperature extremes.

It was the reputed agronomist Dr John Gladstones who first recognised the area’s suitability for vineyards. He published his suggestions that the area be planted to vines in 1965 and within a few years wineries had begun to crop up across the region.

In his notes Dr Gladstones compared the soil and weather to the conditions in Bordeaux, though he noted that many of Margaret River’s annual climate figures would only be recorded in a ‘great year’ in Bordeaux. Wineries, including Evans & Tate, quickly took his research on board and planted the land to vines.

The success of the industry since that time and the fact that Margaret River has recorded seven consecutive exceptional vintages since 2007 is testament to Dr Gladstone’s foresight.

“…Dr Gladstones compared the soil and weather to the conditions in Bordeaux, though he noted that many of Margaret River’s annual climate figures would only be recorded in a ‘great year’ in Bordeaux.”


REGION CONDITIONS

The Margaret River region boasts optimal conditions for vineyards. Proximity to the ocean, soil consistency and perfect seasonal temperatures all contribute to the overall excellence of Margaret River wines.

  • Altitude: 90m (295 feet)
  • Mean January Temperature: 20.2 degrees C
  • Lowest Mean Annual Temperature: 7.6 degrees C
  • Harvest End: February – late April
  • Soil Type: Gravel, like sandy loam, formed directly from underlying granite and gneissic rock
  • Weather conditions: Maritime climate with northerly, southerly and central weather patterns from the three locations facing the Bay