WA's Wine History

A brief history of Western Australian Wine:

Australia's largest state extends across the western third of the continent, although the winemaking regions are almost entirely situated in the cooler climate south-western tip of the state.

Western Australia produces less than 5% of the country's wine output, however in quality terms it is very much near the top.

The Great Southern Wine Region in Western Australia's South West is Australia's largest wine region, it consists of a rectangle 200 kilometres from east to west and over 100 kilometres from north to south. It has five nominated sub regions for wine, the Porongurups, Mount Barker, Albany, Denmark and Frankland River.

The vineyards spread throughout the area known for production of high quality vines have significant variations of terroir and climate dictated in part by the distance however the region is the coolest of Western Australia’s viticultural areas; with a similar maritime influenced Mediterranean climate to Margaret River although with slightly less rainfall. This diverse region is known for Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Malbec.


The international definition and recognition of this area as a distinct and unique wine growing area goes back to 1859, when original settler George Egerton-Warburton planted vines on his St Werburgh's property near Mount Barker and bottled his first vintage two years later.

However, the first real commercial foundations were laid in the late 1930's by horticulturalist Bill Jamieson. His extensive knowledge of the area's soils and climate was augmented by the research of Californian Professor Harold Olmo in 1955 during a government-sponsored trip to Western Australia.

Olmo spent eight months in Western Australia at the invitation of the Western Australian Vine Fruits Research Trust, whilst on leave from his post as Professor of Viticulture at the University of California.

When he published his report in 1956, one of the recommendations put forward was that Mount Barker and the Frankland area of Western Australia showed great promise for making table wines in the light traditional European style.

This was further backed up by Agricultural and viticultural scientist Dr John Gladstones in 1963, and endorsed by the Western Australian Grape Industry Committee (1964). A year later, Jamieson and Houghton's celebrated winemaker Jack Mann, went to Mount Barker and the first experimental cuttings were planted in 1965 at Forest Hill.

Where is the Denmark WA Wine Region?

The Denmark Wine Region is located along the south coast of Western Australia approximately 55km west of the founding city of Western Australia; Albany.  The climate is IDEAL for growing cool-climate wines, and is renown for it's natural beauty.

What's on in the Denmark Wine Region?

There is plenty to do in the region. Visit Denmark Western Australia for an unforgettable holiday.
Denmark WA Wine Region Map


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Denmark Western Australia is a special place. Visit this amazing local guide on Denmark Western Australia
The Denmark Wine Region has many wineries and vineyards with cellar doors and live entertainment. We encourage you to visit these fine establishments.


Denmark WA

One of the most beautiful places along the south coast - forests, beaches, rivers and waves. Everything you need for the perfect south coast holiday. 

Margaret River

An area of magnificent beauty on the western coast of the south west of WA. The Margaret River Region is fantastic.


Fremantle, the Port City, is located south-west of Perth at the mouth of the Swan River. Fremantle's vibrant nightlife, music scene and cafe' culture make Fremantle a perfect getaway from the bustle of Perth.

Albany WA

On the south-coast of Western Australia in the city of Albany, is where Western Australia was first colonised. The charming port atmosphere and colonial architecture make Albany a wonderful place to visit.
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