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ALL ABOuT THE WinES
You won’t just have a great time in this region,
you will have a ‘grape’ time – here’s why...
Home to some of the region’s largest and most lauded producers, it’s
clear wine-making in Margaret River isn’t just squeezing a bunch of
grapes and hoping for the best – it’s the natural gifts of the region that
make it home to Western Australia’s premium wine. Back in 1965, WA
agriculturist Dr John Gladstones had a “gut feeling” about the region –
the brown-red, sloping ground with flourishing marri trees indicated
prime vineyard soils, and of course, he was right. The land between
Cape Naturaliste and Cape Mentelle is some of the most ancient in the
world: a continental crust split left a 100km sedimentary basin, which
today contains some of the world’s largest mineral sand deposits. These
ancient, free-draining gravel soils are now accessed by Margaret River’s
finest vignerons, yielding some of the highest quality fruit of richest
flavour. What’s more is that the climate is very similar to the famous
Bordeaux region in France – a Mediterranean-style climate without
extreme summer or winter, boasting temperatures very similar to those
of Bordeaux. And, aside from killer views, the Indian Ocean provides the
region’s own microclimate – the sea breezes regulate temperature and
provide a consistent environment for the fruit to ripen.
TOP 3 | Easy walks
Where to walk off those gourmet treats.
Meekadarabee Falls The trail starts 13km from town at the Ellensbrook
Homestead. This site features some of the first buildings constructed in
the region during the mid 19th century, so allow yourself plenty of time to
absorb some local history. The walk itself is an easy 2km, which will lead
you past the picturesque Meekadarabee Falls.
Ten Mile Brook Trail Starting at Old Kate – a preserved steam engine just
north of Margaret River – this dirt trail covers 7.5km through beautiful
rural countryside. Take a packed lunch to enjoy at the Rusden picnic site,
where you’ll find barbecue and toilet facilities. Optional winter paths are
useful for when the trail gets wet underfoot.
Heritage Trail There are three treks within the Heritage Trail in Margaret
River – the River, Bridge and Karri walks. All start at the historic Rotary
Park, the site of the first settlement in Margaret River. Nature lovers
should try the River Walk between September and November when
beautiful wildflowers bloom along the riverbank.
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