Geographe

Geographe is just a two hour drive south of Perth. The Geographe region attracts all manner of fine wine and food lovers.  

One of the state’s most attractive regions, the natural playground of Geographe extends from Harvey to Busselton, and includes Donnybrook and Collie. Busselton is a mecca for holiday-makers and wellknown for its jetty, stunning beachfront and huge array of activities. Despite the multi-storey, multimillion dollar mansions in Dunsborough and Eagle Bay, the luxurious region is an ideal place to get back to nature while sinking your feet into the soft, white sand that covers the spectacular south-west coastline. Visitors come from far and wide for the CinefestOz Film Festival, Cape to Cape mountain bike race in October and the gruelling Ironman. Music lovers head to Busselton for the popular Southbound music festival held in January. Wine producers in the region range from smallscale and boutique wineries to premium operations, and many have welcoming cellar doors. The region embodies a range of soil types but it is the influence of the cooling afternoon sea breezes off Geographe Bay that drives each of the wine styles produced here. While shiraz, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and semillon are what Geographe has traditionally been famous for, alternative varieties such as nebbiolo and tempranillo have been gaining traction in recent years. The smaller Ferguson Valley just north of Bunbury provides some of the best vistas of the region with some of the most exciting wines.

RAY'S WINE GUIDE 2017