Wine Regions

Geographe Wine

The Geographe wine region is rapidly gaining a reputation for one of Western Australia’s most exciting and interesting wine growing areas. The diverse…

The Geographe wine region is rapidly gaining a reputation for one of Western Australia’s most exciting and interesting wine growing areas. The diverse Geographe wine region is set some two hours south of Perth, bordered by Geographe Bay, and decidedly influenced by the cooling effects of the ocean.

Geographe wine region map shows a region that spans from Busselton in the south to Harvey in the north. The Geographe wine region was formally established as a wine region in 1999 and is home to some 40-odd wineries. It’s a region defined by warm but maritime climate, producing generously flavoured but seemingly elegant white and red wines. The Geographe wine region is gaining renowned for its Shiraz and Chardonnay, and for emerging new-to-Australian varieties.

Get to Geographe

Geographe wine region is a straight-forward two-hour drive south of Perth. The South Western Highway has enabled ease of access to the burgeoning Geographe wines WA.

Climate and style in Geographe

Geographe wine region is a warm to hot climate wine region with high humidity that is strongly influenced by maritime climate and the cooling south-west ocean breezes. The Geographe wine region is typically very dry, but there is regular rainfall during winter.

Geographe wine region is well-known for its fuller flavoured red wines, often quite formidable in power and structure. The Geographe wine show, a well-known source for judging wines of the region, has also put Chardonnay at the forefront of consumers’ minds. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blends from Geographe wine region have also been noted for their quality and interest.

Key Geographe Varietals

Geographe wine show suggests that best wines are produced from Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blends. The region is known for naturally producing wines of good intensity, depth of flavour and potent varietal personality. Geographe wine region is increasingly showing that smaller batches of Sangiovese, Tempranillo and other newer-to-Australia grape varieties also have a future.

Geographe Shiraz

Shiraz, in Geographe wine region, has great currency. Wines produced from Shiraz in Geographe wine region tend to be bold in flavour, but soft in texture, though an increasing number of wine producers are shifting their house style to reflect more medium bodied rather than fuller bodied styles. Fruit characters for Geographe wine region Shiraz tend to be in the cherry or red berry fruit spectrum, with hints of mint and peppery spice.

Geographe Shiraz

Geographe Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon and blends

Geographe wine region produces Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon of great intensity and distinct varietal character. Sauvignon Blanc tends to be grassy and citrusy, with some warmer sites veering into tropical fruit spectrums. Semillon from Geographe wine region produces zingy, herbal wines with tangy citrus fruit character. Blends of the two grape varieties are common, producing refreshing young white wines, or with judicious oak, more complex, textural and savoury styles.

Geographe wineries

Many of the Geographe wine region producers enter the Geographe wine show to benchmark their wines, with notable wineries including Green Door Wines, Killarney, Thompson Brook Estate, Pepperwood Estate, St Aidan’s Fine Wines, Henty Brook Estate, Smallwater Estate, Willow Bridge Estate, Talisman Wines, Big Jetty Bay, Oakway Estate, Mandalay Estate, Angelicus Wines, Harvey River Bridge Estate and Preston Vale. 

The future of Geographe

The profile of Geographe wine region is on the rise, and the area’s bucolic setting and beachside lifestyle activities have made it an attractive place to visit, proximate to Perth. The Geographe wine region, bolstered by the profile of the Geographe wine show, has put the Geographe wine region map onto the radars of wine lovers across Australia. The fine-tuning of wine styles, particularly from Shiraz and red blends, and emerging grape varieties, will continue to raise the profile of the Geographe wine region, alongside associated local wine industry tourism.