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Geographe Wine Region - Wineries, Vineyards, Wine, Winery Tour Maps, Cellar Doors - Collie, Donnybrook, Bunbury, Ferguson Valley, Capel, Harvey - WA

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climate The Geographe Wine Region takes in the sweep of land on Geographe Bay from Harvey in the north to Capel and Donnybrook in the south and extends inland towards Collie. The main town is Bunbury. The backdrop to the region is the Darling Range and the region is dissected by the Collie, Capel and Ferguson rivers. The Geographe region is renowned for its fine wines. The climate of the coastal strip is strongly influenced by the proximity to the warm Indian Ocean. Inland the maritime influence is reduced by the Darling and Whicher mountain ranges. The coastal area have deep, sandy tuart soils, which overlay limestone. Soils in the inland areas are gravelly sandy loams.The major varieties grown in the region area Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The influx of Italian immigrants to region area after the First World War acted a stimulus to the development of the area for growing grapes and producing fine wines. These efforts largely failed, and the modern era was started by two medical doctors... Barry Killerby, who established Killerby Vineyard and Peter Pratten who established the famous Capel Vale Winery. Various other vineyards and wineries followed. The climate in the area resembles that of Rutherglen and Bendigo in Victoria, with considerable diurnal temperature fluctuations. Annual rainfall is about 700-900 mm. Mean January temperature is 22 degrees C, mean Sunshine hours per day is 8.3. Harvest time is mid February to early April.

The Geographe Wine Region includes five districts: Collie ; Donnybrook ; Ferguson Valley ; Capel ; Harvey
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