A winding 15-minute drive from the Margaret River township sits a quartet of winery cellar doors that formed the foundation of contemporary Margaret River Region identity—wine.
From that Wilyabrup sub-region has evolved 100 cellar doors, 200 wine producers, and almost 6,000 total hectares of land under vine stretching from Busselton in the north, to Karridale and beyond in the region’s south.
The early story of the region is wrapped up in these vines: actions taken by the founding wineries to plant vines off the back of the now-legendary 1966 research paper by agronomist Dr John Gladstone that identified the region’s Bordeaux-like climate as being ideal viticulture territory.
Now we identify it as an ideal region to get your wine on. Visit these four founding wineries to get a taste for the differing approaches that have supported growth of one of Australia’s most visited and highly awarded wine regions.