Margaret River – Margaret River wine region is one of the biggest in Australia, stretching 120km from north to south and 30km west to east. While it is responsible for more than 20% of Australia’s premium wine market and has more than 5,500 hectares under vine, the region only produces 3% of the country’s wine grapes. The first significant planting of vines took place in 1967, however Margaret River was not officially registered until 1996. Today there are over 120 boutique-sized wine producers in the region with winery operations ranging from the smallest crushing 3.5 tonne grapes per year to the largest around 7000 tonne. Growing conditions of the region are superb, with a mixture of Mediterranean and maritime influenced climate which is especially suited to chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon wines. However, Shiraz and Merlot are other standout red varieties along with white varieties such as Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Verdelho.