Great Southern Wine
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The Great Southern lies along the Southern Ocean on Western Australia’s south coast.

The pristine ocean and rugged coastline is only part of a spectacular natural environment that includes the ancient Stirling and Porongurup Ranges, magnificent forest, visiting whales and a multitude of wildflowers in season.

Great Southern wines are produced in five subregions characterised by unique geomorphic and climatic conditions.

The subregions of Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup all produce distinctive premium table wines that benefit from cool climate viticulture in a clean and green environment.


 

Our Wine Region

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The Great Southern Wine Region

The Great Southern region of Western Australia continues to develop an enviable reputation for producing premium, cool climate table wine.

Riesling and Shiraz are the cornerstones of an environment that produces a wide range of distinctive wines from classic and emerging varietals.
 
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Albany

35º 02’S

Albany wine is produced in a Mediterranean climate featuring wet, cool winters and warm, dry summers with a moderating 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 lateritic gravelly sand loams or sandy loams derived from granite and gneissic bedrocks.

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Denmark

34º 39’S

Denmark has a broadly Mediterranean climate with wet, cool winters and dry, warm summers. A maritime influence moderates towards the northern reaches of the subregion. Steep hills and valleys create many unique microclimates with excellent grape growing conditions. Soils are sandy loams from granite or gneissic bedrocks and rich, fertile karri loams.

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Frankland River

34º 39’S

Frankland River is inland and northerly where the cool nights and warm days provide a true Mediterranean climate. Although inland, a moderating sea breeze often finds its way into the region. The ironstone based gravels and duplex sandy loam lie over clay sub soils derived from granite and gneiss outcrops. These have weathered over time to create the undulating rolling hills that define the region.

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Mount Barker

34º 36’S

Mount Barker is 50 kilometres from the Southern Ocean so its Mediterranean climate displays strong continental aspects. It is the coolest of the subregions, with high daily temperature fluctuations and occasional frosts. Mount Barker soils are marri with lateritic gravelly and sandy loams derived from granite protrusions.

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Porongurup

34º 10’S

Porongurup boasts a special climatic feature – a nocturnal thermal zone created by warm air rising above the denser cold air sliding down the hillsides of the range and settling on the valley floor. This ‘air drainage’ produces ideal conditions for ripening. The Porongurup’s spectacular geomorphic granite range creates a range of soil types with karri loams the most productive.