Margaret River Wine – 2011 Vintage

The vintners of the Margaret River wine region are busy harvesting grapes for the 2011 vintage – and it’s shaping up to be a highly successful year.

All the white whines have been harvested successfully and the focus has now shifted towards red varieties. You can be certain that the quality of produce will be outstanding this year as producers have done everything to make sure they select the ripest fruit.

Many parts of Australia have suffered high grape losses due to heavy summer rains this year. According to estimates, Australia’s wine grape yield could shrink by up to 20 percent compared to last year because of the wet summer across the majority of grape producing regions outside Western Australia, with north-west Victoria being hit the hardest.

However, the Margaret River wine region has been unaffected by the severe weather in the rest of Australia, and is closing in on a high quality vintage. In fact, many in Margaret River are describing the 2011 vintage as the best they have had in many years.

The following are some of the highlights of the 2011 wine vintage in Margaret River:

  • The region is currently in the thick of vintage and around two weeks ahead of usual harvest dates.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon has been harvested before typical earlier varieties like Shiraz, Merlot and Malbec. One of the major reasons for this is the heat load that Margaret River has experienced during the past month.
  • This year, a few of the Cabernet vines are expected to have smaller crops due to the cold weather and rainfall during the flowering season.

The progress of the annual vintage is widely watched throughout the Margaret River region, as wine makers and wine lovers expectantly wait for the newest Margaret River wines. Fortunately for the Margaret River region, it appears that 2011 will be a highly productive and profitable vintage.

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.


  1. That’s right Ella. Ironically thought with Margaret River red wine this year, I think some struggled with too much heat and not enough water which made for ripening faster than some winemakers would ideally like. I am sure the proof will be in the drinking. 🙂

  2. Can’t wait for the 2011 wines! I heard this region gives great grapes and a teriffic wine 😀

  3. Yes the cold weather and rainfall affected so many crops around the country this year and Margaret River crops have suffered a great deal as well.

  4. Will definitely be looking out for some Margaret River Wines! Glad to hear the region is doing well and enjoying quality produce.
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