Our History

The Margaret River Wine Region first saw European settlement as late as the early 1830’s. It has evolved from a pioneer ‘outstation’ to forestry, dairy and alternative life stylers who enjoyed the unique coast and its surfing to an area dedicated to the pursuit of great vines and fine wines.

The Margaret River Wine Region was ‘discovered’ in the mid 1960’s after various pieces of scientific research from Professor Harold Olmo (USA) and Dr John Gladstones (Australia) identified it as a potentially great grape growing region.

The Margaret River area includes the rolling hills of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, extending 90 kilometres north-south between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, and is bounded to the west by the Indian Ocean.

Highly regarded as a producer of powerful yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignon, the region has also forged a great reputation for its white wines notably Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends. However, it is capable of producing all of the classic varietal wines.

The region is a vibrant and popular wine destination for visitors from around the world.

Since the first significant commercial planting of vines in 1967 the Margaret River wine region has built an international reputation as a true home of fine wine capable of achieving parity and more with the world’s best and yet just four decades ago, Margaret River was better known for its various classic surf breaks until scientists like Dr Gladstones identified it as a prime location for premium wine production.

This empirical perspective has driven the development of vineyards and wineries that have overcome the State’s geographic isolation and carved their mark around the world.

For more information on the history of the region visit the Margaret River & Districts Historical Society website, click here.

Margaret River Group Settlement House and vineyard