Australia | Great Southern
The Great Southern wine region lies along the Southern Ocean of Western Australia’s south coast. Here, 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.
The wines of the Great Southern region are produced in five subregions each characterised by unique geomorphic and climatic conditions. The subregions of Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup all produce distinctive fine wines that benefit from cool climate viticulture in a clean and green environment.
Wines from Frankland River are sold throughout the world and the subregion is internationally recognised for producing premium Shiraz and Riesling. Other varieties that thrive here include Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Mount Barker wine region has an established reputation for producing high-class Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir varietal wines.
The reputation of Porongurup as a region capable of producing distinctive cool climate wines, especially Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, continues to grow and many boutique wine producers source fruit from here. Shiraz, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc are also produced with success and trials to find other varieties that may suit the conditions continue.