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Take a sip of Bunbury’s best wines

By Kevin Kelly

Bunbury is the central hub of the Geographe, Western Australia's most exciting new viticultural region. Renters and owners of real estate in Bunbury alike love to take in the sights of the area's river valleys and rich farming lands as they explore the many unique vineyards of the Geographe.

Something for everyone

The Geographe wine region is home to roughly 40 wineries. Only five large wineries are situated in the region, meaning the majority are small family-owned estates, empowering local producers and contributing to the rich diversity of Western Australian wines.

The many valleys of the area are home to a wide variety of soil types, meaning the different varietals of successful wines are countless. Shiraz is the first choice of wine- makers and lovers drinking locally, but the region is also known for its chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and semillon. Tempranillo is also gaining popularity in the region, as the Mediterranean climate and coastal breezes beautifully support this medium-bodied Spanish varietal.

Awarding the best

In celebration of the area's exquisite wine production, Bunbury will host the annual Geographe wine show in September this year. Local wines will be evaluated against industry standards, with a focus on allowing producers to increase industry knowledge and improve their wines.

The star of last year's show was Willow Bridge Estate, based only a half hour's drive out of Bunbury central. Willow Bridge winemakers Kim Horton and Dougal Herd took home the Nicholas Baudin Trophy for Excellence in Winemaking, and were particularly esteemed for their 2015 Gravel Pit shiraz. The cellar door at Willow Bridge is open seven days, and their friendly staff are happy to have you for an informative wine tasting session.

Celebrate in style

As part of the wine show, The Cube at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre will be the venue for two wine varietal masterclasses. Those who book tickets will be treated to a free Plumm wine glass and in depth tutorials on the nuances of grenache and shiraz. These courses are scheduled consecutively on the evening of the Sept. 21, starting from 4:30 p.m. The Gala Dinner, where the awards of the wine show will be announced, will take place the following night.

With an exquisite range of local wineries around, Bunbury residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to wine. If being immersed in a culture supporting local producers and refined tastes sounds like your cup of tea (or glass of wine), get in touch with a Ray White representative to find your Bunbury dream home today.

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