Grapes & wine

Western Australia is a notable fine wine producer. Grapes grow in diverse areas of the South West including Margaret River, the Swan Valley, Great Southern, Pemberton, Manjimup, Geographe, Blackwood Valley, Peel and Perth Hills.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development works closely to support industry and sponsors a trophy for the best regional wine at the prestigious Qantas Wine Show.

WA represents just 5% of Australian production but more than 20% of national fine wines. Exports are growing and China is an important market. 

Table grapes are grown from Carnarvon to the south-west and seedless varieties are most popular.

Articles

  • WAVIA is an industry-based organisation that works to facilitate the access, production and distribution of improved planting material to the viticulture industry of Western Australia.

  • Saperavi wines have outstanding colour and performed well with both judges and consumers in evaluations in Western Australia.

  • Since 1998 the Department of Agriculture and Food in conjunction with the Western Australian Vine Improvement Association has imported more than 60 new varieties and clones of wine grape material.

  • The Furmint and Kadarka varieties of wine grapes were identified by the wine industry as having potential for future development of premium Western Australian wine and were planted for evaluation i

  • Barbera is an old Italian wine variety that has consistently performed well in trials in Manjimup, Western Australia with wines viewed favourably by wine judges and consumers.

  • Arneis is an emerging variety in the Australian wine industry, with commercial plantings established in eastern states.