The Great Southern wine trail
Embarking on a campervan tour through the Great Southern Wine Region is an experience unlike any other. With a combination of a cool climate and spectacular scenery, it makes an ideal destination for adventurers and foodies alike. The wines produced here are some of the best in the country, and the region is known world-wide for its Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Malbec.
The Great Southern Wine Region is Australia’s largest wine region, spanning 200kms east to west and over 100kms north to south. There are five subregions in this area as determined by the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, and this road trip takes you through each of them, making sure you get a taste of every incredible wine available.
There is some truly spectacular scenery along Australia’s Savannah Way where you can discover a sense of adventure! The Cairns to Broome trail is great to visit yearround and offers unique highlights like the Undara Volcanic National Park, Lawn Hill National Park (aka Boodjamulla National Park), Borroloola, Katherine Gorge and Purnululu National Park.
Perth – Mount Barker
367kms, 4.1 hours
From Perth, head down the Kwinana Freeway, and onto the Albany Highway. From here you’ll enter the township of Mount Barker. Ensure you sample the Riesling and Shiraz as the climate here ensures these wines are of the highest quality.
If you visit Mount Barker in spring, take a walk through the Stirling and Porongurup ranges – four hectares of wildflowers. A beautiful landscape of over 500 varieties of flowers, with around 40 found nowhere else in the world, this is the start of many Instagram-worthy snaps (don’t forget to tag us! @Britzcampervans)
Mount Barker – Albany (via Porongurup)
75kms, 1 hour
Head down to Porongurup, a town of only a few hundred residents. Situated on a small mountain range, this region is renowned for its intense fruit flavoured wines. The annual wine festival is held here every March and there are plenty of family owned wineries to visit.
Continuing your journey south, follow Chester Pass Road until you hit Albany. This town, whilst famous for its wines also plays host to Albany Farmers Markets, which allows visitors to sample some of the regions local fresh produce including fruit and vegetables, seafood, organic meats, bread and handmade cheeses and yoghurts. This area is now recognised as Australia’s best for Riesling, however the climate and terroir produce a high quality pinot noir.
Albany – Denmark
Make your way down the picturesque southern coastline to the town of Denmark. This town has over 25 wineries set amongst rolling green hillsides and ancient forests. The area is known for its cool climate wines including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
Whilst in Denmark, take a trip to the Ducketts Mill Wines & Denmark Farmhouse Cheese, where you can sample cheese, wine, fudge, ice-cream and preserves…we’re in heaven.
Denmark – Perth
Taking Mount Barker Road north, travel for 1 hour 40 minutes to Frankland River. This region has a Mediterranean climate, similar to others nearby, but is closer to the sea, therefore the town produces high quality Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The sea breeze effects the temperature quite radically and this has a strong impact on the flavour of the wines produced here.
The journey from Frankland River back to Perth Is approximately four hours, heading north on the Albany Highway. If you have the time detour to Jarrahdale where you can visit Millbrook Winery, a boutique winery and chestnut farm that offers an active orchard, an heirloom vegetable garden, olive grove and scenic lakes.
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