March is a fabulous time to visit the Great Southern!
The weather is beautiful, with the temperature ranging from a relaxed 24 degrees in the day to a cool 16 degrees in the night. The vineyard is a lush green, turning into a romantic autumn gold as soon as the grapes are harvested. The Taste Great Southern festival is in full swing, bringing together the region's finest local produce - oysters, meat, vegetables, cheese - and exceptional cool climate wines together at events hosted by domestic and international celebrity chefs! There's really no better time to visit the Great Southern than March!
I traveled to the Great Southern to join in the harvest activities at the vineyard and winery, participate in the Rockcliffe Night Market (one of the headline events of Taste Great Southern) and of course, to visit some awesome friends. This was my 5th visit to the Great Southern but whilst I'm more familiar with the roads, the sights and experiences continue to surprise and amaze!
"Great Southern’s vast and varied terroirs are reflected in an increased attention from a number of small producers toward single sites. Its lighter, lower-alcohol wines also meet a growing preference by consumers, which makes this wild Western Australian region an underdog that wine aficionados can easily love."
Photo credit: Galafrey Wines
Wine Enthusiast, a pre-eminent US magazine, wrote a fantastic article on the Great Southern wine region and its a fantastic read. Click here to see full article.
You will many familiar themes, such as (1) the scale and diversity of the Great Southern, (2) its strong potential and (3) how wine producers in the region are leading the charge on high-quality and exciting wine styles!
Galafrey and Rockcliffe were mentioned in the article and La Violetta, to no surprise, was recognized with the following:
One of Australia’s most highly lauded wine rebels is Andrew Hoadley, whose irreverent yet strangely cerebral La Violetta brand includes everything from a w...