If there is royalty in the wine world then surely the queen of grapes is Chardonnay – and that would make Margaret River the royal court. Home to some of the world’s most beautiful examples of this variety, a perfect grape growing climate and highly skilled wine makers, there is no better place in the world to delve into the beautiful world of Chardonnay than Margaret River.
Whilst it accounts for more than half of Australia’s white wine production, Chardonnay hasn’t always been the most fashionable of wines. Throughout the 1980’s, Chardonnay fell prey to a trend of excess which led to a stream of flabby, oaky and buttery wines, leaving some wary of the variety.
Breathe a sigh of relief though – times and tastes have changed. Prepare your tastebuds as today Chardonnay reigns with style, elegance and finesse; particularly in Margaret River.
The Margaret River region is expansive, so to help guide the way we’ve put together a Chardonnay Trail featuring some of the icons and the lesser-known names alike.
Locals tip: Make sure to toss the coin over who will be appointed as driver before you start tasting the region’s superb selection of wines, or enquire about arranging a private taxi/driver service.