In 1966 Professor John Gladstones predicted the potential of the southwest area of WA becoming a world class wine region by comparing it to the French appellation of Bordeaux. ‘The Margaret River region is appreciably warmer during ripening than the Medoc but similar to Pomerol and Saint Emilion. Sunshine hours during the growing season and ripening period are marginally more than in all Bordeaux areas, whilst relative humidities are probably about optimal. Summer and ripening period rainfall totals are very low. These are conditions which in Bordeaux would typify a great year”.
Margaret River has become known as the most versatile wine region in the world. With an extraordinarily long growing season (low latitude) and a relatively cool-temperate fruit maturation period (maritime influence) it is possible to produce flavoursome wines from a wide range of varieties. This is the strength of the region. It offers optimal grape flavour conservation and is extremely reliable from vintage to vintage.
Here at Happs we are fortunate to have access to fruit from both ends of the cape; Our northern Dunsborough site enjoys a warmer growing season of rich and ripe qualities while the southern ‘Three Hills’ property brings cooler climate elegance and finesse to the harvest each vintage.
“Margaret River is the closest thing to paradise of any wine region I have visited in my extensive search for knowledge.” - Jancis Robinson MW.