Last week was a big one for the Australian wine industry. Distinguished Australian wine critic James Halliday announced the winners for the annual Halliday Wine Companion Awards, and Margaret River was once again a stand out wine region. Wilyabrup wineries Domaine Naturaliste took out the Best Value Winery award and Vanya Cullen from Cullen Wines went home with the title of Best Winemaker. Read on to discover what Halliday had to say about these exemplary Margaret River wineries and their passionate creators.
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Boasting 100+ cellar doors, Margaret River is the most beautiful wine region in Australia, producing internationally renowned chardonnay, cabernet and semillon sauvignon blanc. The growing conditions are almost identical with Bordeaux. In 2016, James Halliday noted that Margaret River produced 14 of the top 32 cabernets, 7 of the top 10 sauvignon blanc/semillon blends and 8 of the top 30 chardonnays in Australia.