Regional Statistics

LOCATION:
300kms south of Perth

SIZE:
100 kms latitude | 27kms longitude
213,000 ha with remnant vegetation covering 46% (98,750ha)

AREA:
5,800 hectares under vine

MAP COORDINATES:
33°57’S

ALTITUDE:
40 metres (131 feet)

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:
Sauvignon Blanc 6,007 tonnes
Semillon 5,821 tonnes
Cabernet Sauvignon 5,661 tonnes
Chardonnay 5,507 tonnes
Shiraz 3,932 tonnes

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: 142

TOTAL TONNES PRODUCED: 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