Geographe

Wineries

Geographe is bisected by the Vasse, Capel, Ferguson, Collie and Brunswick rivers, which descend from the hills in the east to create valleys with distinctive climates.

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While there are no official sub-regions of Geographe, there are, in truth, three quite distinct areas. The first is the true coastal sector, from Busselton to Bunbury, with the lush, peaceful Capel River and the town of Capel at its centre. Wholly maritime-influenced by the warm Indian Ocean, its climate is similar to that of the northern part of the Margaret River, although richer alluvial soils around Capel lead to exceptionally vigorous vine growth. Next is the Donnybrook area, cut off from the influences of the Indian Ocean by the Darling and Whicher ranges, with considerable diurnal temperature fluctuations. The third area is the Ferguson Valley, where early success with sauvignon blanc, shiraz, merlot and cabernet sauvignon led to rapid expansion in plantings. The largest venture is Willow Bridge, with a 100-hectare vineyard and 2000-tonne capacity winery.

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WineriesLatitudeAltitudeSeason RainfallHarvest
4533°18’S5-70m185-220mmEarly Feb to mid Mar

Geographe Wine Region

Geographe is bisected by the Vasse, Capel, Ferguson, Collie and Brunswick rivers, which descend from the hills in the east to create valleys with distinctive climates. While there are no official sub-regions of Geographe, there are, in truth, three quite distinct areas. The first is the true coastal sector, from Busselton to Bunbury, with the lush, peaceful Capel River and the town of Capel at its centre. Wholly maritime-influenced by the warm Indian Ocean, its climate is similar to that of the northern part of the Margaret River, although richer alluvial soils around Capel lead to exceptionally vigorous vine growth. Next is the Donnybrook area, cut off from the influences of the Indian Ocean by the Darling and Whicher ranges, with considerable diurnal temperature fluctuations. The third area is the Ferguson Valley, where early success with sauvignon blanc, shiraz, merlot and cabernet sauvignon led to rapid expansion in plantings. The largest venture is Willow Bridge, with a 100-hectare vineyard and 2000-tonne capacity winery.

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