With a climate comparable to that of France’s famous Bordeaux wine region, Manjimup is well placed to produce a range of wines well suited to cooler climes.
For those looking to venture into one of WA’s less famous wine regions, Blackwood Valley offers an escape for novices and connoisseurs alike. The first vines were planted in the valley at Blackwood Crest in the 1970s and the area has grown significantly since then, largely through small vineyards with wines sold through cellar doors or direct online. These days the region is best known for its reds, with cabernets and shiraz proving particularly excellent. Merlot has also made its mark in recent years. Apart from wine tastings and cellar door sales, the Blackwood Valley region has emerged as something of a hub for local music lovers with hordes of fans travelling to the region to catch their favourite acts at the annual Blues at Bridgetown festival of blues and roots music in November and the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, the biggest country music event in Western Australia, held annually in February. Additionally, the region welcomes some of the nation’s top athletes – including many ironmen and women – for the Blackwood Marathon, a relay race held in October. The Bibbulmun Track walking trail winds through the region and offers a great opportunity to explore the region on foot.