Since the first significant planting of vines in 1967, the Margaret River wine region has grown to become regarded as potentially one of the great wine-producing regions of the world.
Although the region contributes only 3 per cent of the country’s wine grapes, it commands over 20 per cent of today’s premium wine market.
Margaret River stretches some 100km from north to south and about 27km wide in parts.
The region comprises the rolling hills of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. To the west, the Indian Ocean provides a dramatic boundary of cliffs, world-renowned surf and some of Australia’s most pristine beaches.
It is a wine region of superior growing conditions with a Mediterranean style climate. This means vineyards are not affected by extreme summer and winter temperatures. Humidity levels are ideal during the growing period and the combination of climate, soil and viticulture practices leads to consistently high quality fruit of intense flavour. Consequently annual vintage results continue to exceed expectations and reinforce its reputation of one of the premium wine producing regions of the world.
Today there are nearly 5,500 hectares under vine and over 120 wine producers in the region.
Margaret River wine region is made up predominately of boutique size wine producers, although winery operations range from the smallest crushing 3.5 tonne per year to the largest around 7000 tonne.
For more information on the history of the region visit the Margaret River & Districts Historical Society website, click here.
Please click each report to download.
- Margaret River Vintage Report 30 January 2013
- Margaret River Vintage Report 14 March 2013
- Margaret River Vintage Report 20 January 2012
- Margaret River Vintage Report 24 February 2012
- Margaret River Vintage Report 27 April 2012
Statistics on the Margaret River Wine Region
Number of wineries / grape growers = 215 (2012)
|1990||Approx. 1,000 (estimated)|
|2012 Most Widely Harvested Varieties By Tonnes Crushed|
|2012 vintage||35,813 tonne||41% Red 59% White|
|2011 vintage||Not available||Not available|
|2010 vintage||31,370 tonne||40% red 60% white|
|2009 vintage||Not available||Not available|
|2008 vintage||36,601 tonne||48% red 52% white|
|2007 vintage||33,825 tonne||39% red 61% white|
|2006 vintage||28,637 tonne||44% red 56% white|
|2005 vintage||30,630 tonne||51% red 49% white|
|2004 vintage||35,101 tonne||54% red 46% white|
|2003 vintage||26,178 tonne||57% red 43% white|
|2002 vintage||25,751 tonne||59% red 41% white|
|1999 vintage||13,041 tonne||38% red 62% white|
Statistics have been collected from Australian Bureau of Statistics, Association's own records and other wine industry associations. Please note that statistics for 2009 & 2011 are not available for the Margaret River GI as data was collected for the South West Australia Zone as a whole.