Albany. The oldest European settlement in Western Australia

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35° 02’S

Altitude 75 m (246 feet)

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303 mm (12 inches)

Growing season rainfall - Oct-Apr

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59% Humidity

Oct-Apr, 3 pm Average 59%

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19ºC (JAN)

Heat degree days, Oct-Apr 1495

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MAR > APR

Harvest from early Mar - end April

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Soil Types

Lateric gravelly sand loams

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Albany

During the 1970s Albany veterinarian Bill Wignall explored climatology models and identified similarities with the Burgundy region.

The city of Albany is the oldest European settlement in Western Australia and is the major centre of the Great Southern. Albany and its surrounding area is renowned for stunning scenery and excellent agricultural produce.

Vines were established in the Albany subregion around 1978 with the first planting at the Redmond vineyard. The establishment of Wignalls Wines just north of Albany in 1982 closely followed this initial planting.

Today the majority of vineyards in the subregion are small family operated businesses with a total area of vines of approximately only 70 hectares.

Albany wine is produced in a broadly Mediterranean climate featuring wet cool winters and warm dry summers with a mediating sea breeze off the Southern Ocean. The daily temperature range is minimal and moderate levels of humidity during summer reduce stress on the vines and assist ripening.

Soils are generally lateritic gravelly sand loams or sandy loams derived from gneissic bedrocks. There are some marri loams on the banks of the Kalgan River.

Both white and red varieties grow strongly and established varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. More inland areas of the subregion are developing a reputation for fine Riesling.

Feature Varietal Profile

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