Located on the southwest corner of Australia, Margaret River is not an easy place to get to. One must fly into Perth and then drive for several hours south to get to the region, which has only been producing wine commercially since the late 1960s / early 1970s.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are the star grape varieties. The wines are stylistically cool-climate, which is a significant departure from the big and bombastic styles from other Aussie flagship wine regions such as Barossa Valley with it’s colossal shiraz wines.
To put it in perspective, Australian wine broker Langtons releases a classification of Australian wines every five years for its clients. There are four categories of classification, with Exceptional being the highest, and out of the 17 wines in the Exceptional category, three are from Margaret River: Cullen Wines, Leeuwin Estate and Moss Wood. Pierro, Cape Mentelle, Vasse Felix, Voyager Estate and Woodlands also appear in other categories in the classification.