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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.

The Great Southern wine region is vast. It stretches to encompass coastal cliffs, national park forests and mountain ranges. It contains five subregions - Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker, Poronurup - each different to the other and procucing discernable wine styles.


There are approximately 2,480 hectares of vineyards.


Climate & Soil


Having broadly a Mediterranean climate, this varies from temperate coastal to inland areas with warmer days and cooler nights. Ocean-influenced subregions are Albany and Denmark. Inland areas are Mount Barker, Porongurup and Frankland River. Altitude ranges from 0-1,083 M. Overall, the average growing season rainfall is 251 mm and mean temperature is 20 C. Soils are generally brown to grey-brown sandy loams.


Top Grape Varieties


Riesling and Shiraz are Great Southern’s signature wines. Shiraz is typically elegant and light in the southerly regions, moving to more full bodied and generous complexity in the northerly areas. Cabernet Sauvignon, across the region, is generally age-worthy, with deep colour and intense flavour. Riesling is typically crisp (acidic) with intense citrus lime flavours, and will generally age for 10 years or more. Chardonnay is produced in the greatest diversity across the five subregions.



Great Southern Wine Region

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3 Drops

South West Australia

Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz.

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Abbey Creek Vineyard

South West Australia

Cabernet Sauvignon, Dessert, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc.

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Alkoomi Wines

South West Australia

Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Dessert, Malbec, Merlot Cabernet, Merlot, Muscat, Riesling, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Shiraz, Viognier.

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Arcadia Wines

South West Australia

Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.

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Brave New Wine

South West Australia

Chardonnay, Riesling, Shiraz.

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Bunn Wine

South West Australia

Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz.

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Castelli Estate

South West Australia

Cabernet Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Dessert, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Shiraz/Syrah, Sparkling, Tempranillo, Viognier.

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Castle Rock Estate

South West Australia

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Muscat, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Sparkling.

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Oranje Tractor Wine

South West Australia

Dessert, Fortified, Merlot, Riesling, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Sparkling, Tawny Port.