Southern Forests

With its ancient, towering karri forests, rolling farmland and cool viticultural climate, this beautiful wine region is renowned for its widely planted Pinot Noir and increasingly recognised for its Sparkling wine styles as well as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho. Paired with the region’s fabulous fare and unique outdoor activities, a trip to the Southern Forests wine region is a unique gastronomic adventure. MORE

LOCATION
Altitude 108-345m
34° 34’S

RAINFALL
Average 233mm
(Oct – Apr)

TEMPERATURE
Average 20.5°
(Oct – Apr)

HARVEST
Early Mar –
Late Apr

SOIL TYPE
Red loams and gravelly

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Southern Forests

The Southern Forests and Valleys encompass some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and charming small towns in the entire South West region. The region feels open, fresh and is redolent with the eucalypt scent of clean forest intermingled with fresh fruit, freshwater streams and the salty ocean air.

Skyscraping karri, jarrah, marri and tingle trees tower over the many towns that make up the Southern Forests and Valleys. The striking coastline of the region stretches across 140km, where beautiful karri forests sit atop rocky cliffs, and white sandy beaches are pounded by the wild Southern Ocean.

Each of the Southern Forests and Valleys’ small towns have their own personalities, many featuring quaint main streets complete with tearooms serving scones, perfect planter boxes full of seasonal blooms, a classic country pub and antique stores aplenty.

Often regarded as the food bowl of Western Australia, the Southern Forests and Valleys are home to some of the most productive soils in Australia. A wide variety of fresh produce is available year-round, and often straight from the farms from which they are grown. Niche epicurean treats include chestnuts, cherries, finger limes, ginseng, green tea, dairy products, beef, lamb, and, more recently, the rare black Perigord truffle. In addition to agricultural produce, aquaculture is popular in the area; waterways are densely populated with trout, perch and marron (freshwater crayfish).

Not least of the attributes of the Southern Forests are the wines grown in the Pemberton and Manjimup Wine Regions. These locations combine southern latitude with high altitude and a relatively cool climate, making ideal conditions for growing pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.