Nestled in the South West of the region, in among the gentle slopes of the Stevens Valley, sits Voyager Estate
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The geology is quite unique. The rich, well-drained gravelly soils with a stony clay subsoil, on an ancient granite bed (up to 2000 million years old) are some of the World’s oldest. The dry summers and geology provide a fantastic environment for wine production.
Voyager Estate’s philosophy really started to bear fruit when Steve James came on board about 20 years ago. His light-touch approach, hand-selecting only the finest quality grapes and allowing them to express this distinctive terroir, led to him being named Winemaker of the Year 2021, Voyager Estate Winery of the Year and their flagship Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignons sweeping recent awards.
The first European settlers had moved in by the 1850s, and a small winery was set up soon after, but it wasn’t until the railways arrived in the early 20th century that the area started to take off. Surveys by eminent viticulturist identified the potential to grow exceptional quality varieties in the 1950s and from there the first successful wineries sprang up.
The fine quality of early wines attracted more investment, more wineries opened up and this momentum led to its establishment as the premium wine-growing region that we know now.
Today the Margaret River wine region is home to mainly smaller wine producers; with wineries crushing between 3.5 tonne per year upto the largest, around 7000 tonne.