Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Introducing Margaret River Wines

By Hoyt Galverson

Everybody knows that for the world's best Cabernet Sauvignon, you need to look at the Bordeaux region of France, but that might be changing soon. You see, there's an overlooked region of Australia, about four hours south of Perth, that's drawing the attention of even the most dedicated Cabernet lovers. Western Australia's Margaret River wine region gets passed over too often, but it features some truly amazing wines.

The region is a great choice for anyone coming to Western Australia, with lots of opportunities to explore the area, plenty of fun water activities, and some excellent wine tasting opportunities. After all twenty percent of Australia's fine wine exports from from the Margaret River region.

Part of the reason for the great wine growing conditions is the climate. Western Australia is warm and has a wonderful maritime climate that provides a great place to grow wine grapes. Add in wide beaches, warm waters, and excellent surfing conditions, and you'll see why travelers should take the time to check this area out.

There are more activities to enjoy, as well. For instance, you'll find that the Leeuwin estate has been offering annual concerts since 1985, featuring the best in music from classical orchestral performances to more contemporary country and blues. It's something you won't want to miss if you visit at the right time of year.

There are all kinds of options for lodging, as well, from majestic lodges and luxury cabins buried deep in the forest to comfortable bed and breakfasts and excellent hotels. It doesn't matter whether you prefer to stay in a good hotel room that's close to everything you'd like to see, or you want to enjoy private time on your own balcony with a glass of local Chardonnay - there's something for you.

Cellar door tastings offer you the ability to find out more about the wonderful wines the region has to offer. Make sure to check out local vineyards, and see what wine lovers all over the world are talking about. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc are all produced in this region, and are all excellent. Vineyard tours are available in many cases, and will shoe you how the wine is really made.

Anyone who loves wine won't be disappointed in the Margaret River's offerings. Some people say that Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay can come out too tannic, and sometimes too dry, but that's not the case with wines from the Margaret River. Most examples have a soft, deep taste that will leave you wanting more.

If you've never taken the time to visit the Margaret River wine region or try any of the great imported wines from this area, you're missing out on something special. This area has lots to offer, including some of Australia's best wines, plus lots of great activities. Don't overlook the Margaret River for your next holiday.

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