The Great Southern region is known for its fine, cool climate wines. Riesling and Shiraz are the cornerstones of an environment that produces a wide range of distinctive wines from classic and emerging varietals.
Wineries in Frankland River
Cool nights and warm days provide a true Mediterranean climate in Frankland River. Although inland, a moderating sea breeze often finds its way into the region. The ironstone based gravels and duplex sandy loam lie over clay sub soils derived from granite and gneiss outcrops. These have weathered over time to create the undulating rolling hills that define the region.
Wineries in Mount Barker
Just 50 kilometres from the Southern Ocean, Mount Barker’s Mediterranean climate displays strong continental aspects. It is the coolest of the subregions, with high daily temperature fluctuations and occasional frosts. Mount Barker soils are marri with lateritic gravelly and sandy loams derived from granite protrusions.
Wineries in Porongurup
The Porongurup boasts a special climatic feature – a nocturnal thermal zone created by warm air rising above the denser cold air sliding down the hillsides of the range and settling on the valley floor. This ‘air drainage’ produces ideal conditions for ripening. The Porongurup’s spectacular geomorphic granite range creates a range of soil types with karri loams the most productive.