The South West produces premium wines that are enjoyed here in the region – and around the world.
Viticulture production is a significant economic contributor to the South West region, with 24,887 tonnes of grapes crushed in 2020. The majority of grapes in the region were crushed in Margaret River, which accounted for a 2 per cent share of the national vintage.
In addition to Margaret River, wine was also crushed in the Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Manjimup and Pemberton wine-growing areas of the South West.
White wines made up 58 per cent of the crush for all five areas combined, with reds making up the remaining 42 per cent.
The top five varieties for all five areas combined were Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz.
The total area of vineyards in the South West was 6,969 hectares in 2019. This accounted for 65 per cent of all vineyards in Western Australia and 5 per cent nationally.
The top five export markets by volume for the South West were mainland China, the UK, the USA, Singapore and Thailand (based on label claim).
Wines with a Margaret River label claim made up the majority (93 per cent) of exports from the region.
Wine tourism is popular in the South West, with many people taking up the opportunity to enjoy a glass of Semillon or Shiraz in the picturesque region that produced it.
Did you know?
In 2017, Margaret River celebrated 50 years since its first vine plantings.