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Great Southern Region, Mount Barker Sub-region, Western Australia

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Mt Barker is 367km SSE of Perth, about 3½ hours drive, and just over 300km SE as the crow flies from Margaret River and the coastal vineyards.

The Mount Barker area was the birthplace of the Great Southern wine region when in 1955, Professor of Viticulture at the University of California Harold Olmo recommended that Mount Barker and the Frankland of the Great Southern area of Western Australia showed great promise for growing grapes to make table wines.

This region is distinguished by its gravelly loams called "marri" that have good drainage qualities and low fertility. The climate is Mediterranean with lower levels of humidity and more sunshine than WA’s west coast vineyards.

Producing around 37% of wine grapes grown in WA, the Great Southern is one of Australia's largest wine growing areas, renowned nationally and internationally for Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Mount Barker wine region is great base from which to explore the five wine producing sub regions within the Great Southern: Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and the Porongorups.

Towerhill Estate is in the heart of a beautiful and dramatic landscape. The striking granite beauty of the Porongorup National Park is only 15km E whilst the magnificent Stirling Ranges rise straight out of rolling farmland to the North. The sedimentary rocks that were folded up to form the range have been dated to 1.2 billion years.

The magnificent granite peaks and headlands and pristine white sugar beaches of the southern coast are only 50km south and the Tall timber of forest country is nearby.