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Margaret River

Grape growing area (GI) south of Perth between Geograph Bay and the south coast in the state of Western Australia. It is part of the South West Australia zone. Located on the Indian Ocean coast, it is Australia's most visited tourist wine region and a surfer's paradise. The first vineyard was planted in Bunbury in 1890, but large-scale viticulture has only existed since the mid-1960s. In 1978, Australia's first origin system was introduced here, but it was unsuccessful. The climate is oceanic and quite humid, with lots of wind. The vineyards cover about 1,000 hectares along the Margaret River and its tributary valleys. They are 40% planted with the white wine varieties Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Verdelho, and 60% with the red wine varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Zinfandel. A large quantity of table grapes is also produced. The best-known producers of the total 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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