Why not go off the beaten track and try some of the lesser-known wine varietals next time you’re in the Margaret River Region? Lizzy Pepper has rounded up some fascinating local drops.
In the Margaret River Region’s 50 years of winemaking, producers have sussed out that their cabernet and chardonnay game is particularly strong. But it’s great to play with different varieties – they give colour and diversity to our region’s offering. So, what is an alternative variety wine, and what inspires our winemakers to make them?
Alternative varieties in the Margaret River Region are the lesser-known grape types, the ones we’re not (yet) famous for. That’s everything from the gewürztraminer planted in Margaret River back in the 70s when it was groovy, to the Yallingup-grown petit manseng from south west France.
Each winemaker had a different reason for going off piste with varieties. The recurring theme is that they’re having fun, experimenting and indulging their natural curiosity. And we’re lapping it up, giving alternative varieties a great reception at cellar door and in restaurants, according to Mark Warren of Marq Wines.
“There is a growing interest in this region for both alternative varietals and winemaking techniques. It’s really exciting to see winemakers stepping out of the box of convention.”
So if you’re keen to explore and try something different, take an alternative tour of the Margaret River wine region.