“I remember coming down here and people saying “if you can survive winter in Margaret River I’ll be amazed”. I’d just come from living in Canada, so I’ve been waiting for winter for 14 years now. It’s so mild over winter. I find it an incredibly enjoyable place to live. Surfing, fishing, hiking, caving, it’s all here. Mountain biking, I love. Winter is primo for that. Even when you’ve get a storm heading in; I put the Goretex on and get out on the Cape to Cape track. It’s thrilling to stand there with your gear on, held up by the weather. Winter is one of our most underrated seasons.
I bring people up here [Wilyabrup Cliffs] year round and talk about the coastline and Margaret River wine. And then you know they’ve got it; everything slots into place.
The climate, and its influence on the grapes, the Leeuwin current going past the coast, the cooling winds. It brings it all together. Climate, consistent temperature, the ocean and geology. This granite rock that’s broken down over millions of years gives us the soil structure that’s so critical for the grapevines. Our ancient geology and getting the right run that provides such conditions for the Cabernet and Chardonnay. I mean globally over the last two or three decades, where could make a claim that they’re as consistent in quality as Margaret River? And it’s down to all this: the land, the ocean and the Mediterranean Maritime climate.”
– Sean Blocksidge, Margaret River Discovery Co
Image: Sarah Hewer