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Western Australia (WA) has five wine Zones, nine Regions and six Subregions, which are formally defined and officially designated as Geographical Indications (GIs) of Australia.

 

The majority of WA wineries and vineyards are within the nine Regions. These are contained in just two of the Zones, located in the lower southwest corner of the state. On this website, you can browse information about all wineries and vineyards, which are grouped by Region and then Subregion, or by Zone where no Region has been defined.

Five Wine Zones

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The whole of Western Australia's land area is divided into the following five wine Zones:

  1. Central Western Australia

  2. Eastern Plains, Inland & North of Western Australia

  3. Greater Perth

  4. South West Australia

  5. West Australia South East Coastal

 

Nine Wine Regions & Six Subregions

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Of the nine Regions (R), only two of them contain Subregions (S) and all lie entirely within Zones 3 and 4, as follows:

Zone 3 ("Greater Perth"):

  • Peel (R)

  • Perth Hills (R)

  • Swan District (R)

    • Swan Valley (S)

 

Zone 4 ("South West Australia"):

  • Blackwood Valley (R)

  • Geographe (R)

  • Great Southern (R)

    • Albany (S)

    • Denmark (S)

    • Frankland River (S)

    • Mount Barker (S)

    • Porongurup (S)

  • Manjimup (R)

  • Margaret River (R)

  • Pemberton (R)

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The best known WA Region, nationally and internationally, is Margaret River. However, all of WA's wine areas have a great deal to offer and are well worth exploring, both in terms of their quality wines and for tourism purposes.

Common Confusions

 

The oldest wine growing area in WA is the Swan Valley. Due to Swan Valley being so well known, with its high concentration of wineries, most people think that Swan Valley is the Region, and relatively few people tend to know that it's actually a Subregion of Swan District.

 

In general, in WA, there is a Wine Association for each of the Regions and an overarching body for the state, known as "Wines of Western Australia". At the national level, there is a governing body for all of Australia, being "Wine Australia" (they provided the above region map).

 

The Manjimup and Pemberton Regions have formed the "Southern Forests Wine Association", to pool their resources and efforts, promoting the interests of these two otherwise independent Regions. They have been shown on some maps as a single 'Southern Forests' Region but this is incorrect

Blackwood Valley Wine Region

South West Australia

Blackwood Valley Wine Region

Blackwood Valley Region has lush pastures, rolling hills and forest. It lies inland in the mid-southwest of WA. Around 3 hours drive from Perth.

Manjimup Wine Region

South West Australia

Manjimup Wine Region

Manjimup is a young up-and-coming region at the gateway to Western Australia’s southern forests. Around 3.5 hours drive from Perth.

Pemberton Wine Region

South West Australia

Pemberton Wine Region

Remote, expansive forests with tall trees and great roads for wonderful drive and wine experiences. What's not to like? Around a 4 hour drive from Perth.

Geographe Wine Region

South West Australia

Geographe Wine Region

Stretching from the ocean at Busselton to the forests and hills of the Ferguson Valley. An emerging wine region building a reputation for high-quality wines. It's also defended by Gnomes! Around 2 hours drive from Perth.

Margaret River Wine Region

South West Australia

Margaret River Wine Region

Of all WA's wine regions, Margaret River is the most renowned. It's one of the most scenic wine regions in Australia, and has a food and wine culture second to none. Around 3.5 hours drive from Perth.

Perth Hills Wine Region

Greater Perth

Perth Hills Wine Region

The Perth Hills region lies along a north-south stretch of the Darling Range, Its central point lies almost directly east of Perth. There's a lot to discover and is only a 30 minute drive away from Perth's city.

Great Southern Wine Region

South West Australia

Great Southern Wine Region

Great Southern is the largest area in all of Australia that's designated as a wine region (not zone). It's the most southerly wine region in WA and contains no less than five subregions. Around 4.5 hours drive from Perth.

Peel Wine Region

Greater Perth

Peel Wine Region

Peel region covers a relatively large area, running from coast to hills and forest. It's geographical size belying the fact that it's the smallest wine region in Western Australia by vineyard area. Around 1.5 hours drive from Perth.

Swan District Wine Region

Greater Perth

Swan District Wine Region

WA’s oldest wine region, running from the coast, north of Perth to the foothills of the Darling range. Includes the popular Swan Valley and more. Just 30 minutes drive from Perth.

 

WA Zone 1

Central Western Australia

WA Zone 1

The only entirely inland zone, which runs down the central area of southwestern WA. It has partial overlap with some WA wine regions.

WA Zone 4

South West Australia

WA Zone 4

The more southerly of the only two zones significantly containing WA wine regions; those being Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Great Southern, Manjimup, Margaret River and Pemberton.

WA Zone 2

Eastern Plains, Inland & North of Western Australia

WA Zone 2

The zone covers by far the largest area of WA and runs down the whole eastern border of the state. It does not significantly contain any WA wine regions.

WA Zone 5

West Australian South East Coastal

WA Zone 5

This is the only entirely south coastal zone in WA. It has a some overlap with the eastern part of WA's Southern Region.

WA Zone 3

Greater Perth

WA Zone 3

The more northerly of two zones significantly containing WA wine regions; those being Peel, Perth Hills and Swan District.