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DPIRD Collections

Natural resources, Viticulture


Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development




This report is an extract from the broader description and analysis of the geology, soils and climate of all the wine regions of Western Australia currently being developed by DPIRD. It expands on the brief descriptions in the second edition of 'Viticulture' (Coombe & Dry 2004) concerning the soils and landscapes of Western Australia’s main wine growing regions. We have tailored this report extract to the specific needs of the Margaret River wine region. It contains local soil names and soil-landscape zones and systems maps.

The wine industry recognises the importance of giving customers an understanding of the vines’ environment and how that may influence wine character and quality. This allows growers to tell the story of their wine and their label to form direct connections between the wine producer and the consumer. This story has become even more important in the 21st century when, in addition to direct cellar sales, a good online presence is essential. The information in this report will support that story and underpin it with the most current geology, soil and climatic data:

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viticulture, geology, soils, climate, Margaret River region

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