The Geographe Wine Region faces Geographe Bay in the Indian Ocean of the south-west coast of Western Australia. The major commercial centre is the City of Bunbury, with other major towns being the Busselton, Capel, Collie and Donnybrook.
Under Australia's Geographic Indications system Geographe is an officially endorsed wine region of the South West Australia Zone.
The unusual name for the Geographe region is worth a comment. The region takes its name from Geographe Bay which in turn is named after Le Geographe, a French ship which was a part of a scientific and geographic expedition in the early years of the 19th Century.
The climate is obviously influenced by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The main geographic feature of the region is the Darling Range which runs parallel to the coast and is dissected by a number of river valleys. This topography gives rise to a considerable number of soil types and microclimates, hence quite a variation in terroir.
The oldest and best known winery is Capel Vale which was established in the mid 1970s. Over the next few years other vineyards in the region were established, quite a few by larger WA wine producers who took the grapes for vinification elsewhere. Several of the grapegrowers in the region started keeping some fruit to make their own wine and thus new wineries were established. There are now over thirty wineries in the region.
Chenin blanc is a common variety throughout Western Australia and the variety is well represented in Geographe.
Among the Rare Ozzies varieties in this region are Bastardo, Monduese, Pignoletto, Pinotage and Verdejo.
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