The Peel region is a deceptive one for wine production, for while the topography and lightish soils can look anything but ideal for viticulture, the prevalence of a limestone base with underground water has proved to be excellent for the production of a range of varieties, especially reds such as shiraz.
The limestone base is not dissimilar to that of Coonawarra in South Australia and the wines can be similarly elegant and long living. Cabernet sauvignon and shiraz are well suited to the region but chardonnay, verdelho and chenin blanc are also excellent. South of the city, the Peel region stretches from Byford to Preston Beach, taking in the towns of Wandering, Bannister, Boddington, Dwellingup, Pinjarra and Waroona. Known as the hub of the Peel region, Mandurah is easy to get to by road and by rail and presents tourists and locals with various quality restaurants, cafes and shops to browse at any time of year. The waterside city is the perfect destination for seafood lovers, offering fishing enthusiasts numerous topnotch locations at which to drop a line. The city of Mandurah hosts the annual Crab Fest, attracting up to 100,000 visitors over one weekend to celebrate the favoured crustacean with food and wine samples, cooking demos, competitions and more.