Regional Statistics

LOCATION:
300kms South South West of Perth
Latitude 33°55’S
Longitude 115 18’E (Gladstones Line)

SIZE OF REGION (GI):
213,000 ha with 98,750ha remnant vegetation (46%)
100 kms from north to south | 27kms from east to west
5,800 hectares under vine (2.7%)

HIGHEST ELEVATION:
227 metres

CLIMATE:
Mediterranean – annual rainfall 1000mm+
Jan Mean Temp – 20.4 degrees (68.7°F)
Growing season rainfall – October-April 200 millimetres (7.9inches)
Relative humidity – October-April, 3 pm Average 59%.
Harvest – February-mid April

SOIL:
Gravel, Loam/Sand Granite.  The soils are highly permeable and moisture is quickly shed from sloping sites

NUMBER OF GRAPE VARIETIES PLANTED: 36

PREDOMINANT VARIETIES (2016 Harvest):
19% Sauvignon Blanc 6,007 tonnes
18% Semillon 5,821 tonnes
18% Cabernet Sauvignon 5,661 tonnes
17% Chardonnay 5,507 tonnes
13% Shiraz 3,932 tonnes
9% Other red varieties
6% Other white varieties

PREDOMINANT CLONES:
Chardonnay: Gin Gin clone (This clone was introduced to WA in 1957 as an experiment to detect viruses. Typically shows ‘hen and chicken’ berries.)

Cabernet Sauvignon: Houghton, SA126

NUMBER OF GRAPE GROWERS: 287

NUMBER OF WINE PRODUCERS: 150

TOTAL TONNES HARVESTED:
42,003 – Vintage 2017
31,626  – Vintage 2016

HECTARES UNDER VINE:

2016 5,800
2015 4,870
2012 5,017
2010 4,895
2008 5,360
2007 5,340
2006 4,908
2005 4,582
2004 4,255
2003 4,094
2002 3,728
1990 1,000  (Estimated)

Source: Statistics have been collected from Wine Australia, APC Collection Outcomes 2016 Vintage, WA Department of Agriculture, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association and Margaret River Wine Association’s own records.

Margaret River GI