Located amidst the majestic Karri tree forests, Pemberton WA is one of the young and emerging wine regions in Australia. Be it a morning spent in its lush National Parks or sitting beside those beautiful rivers and waterfalls, the region embodies a complete soul-satisfying odyssey. Pemberton is also gaining reputation for its exceptional gourmet produce and wines. It is worth a visit in the month of May when it holds the famous Unearthed Festival. This is Pemberton’s famous wine & food festival that also celebrates its diversity through art, heritage and culinary events.
The History of Pemberton
A more recent addition to the Australian wine industry, Pemberton in WA was a hidden gem until discovered in the 1970’s by John Gladstones. He identified the region to be fit for viticulture and in 1977, it was experimentally planted by WA Department of Agriculture. Following the success, commercial vineyards were planted in 1982 while it received GI appellations in the year 2006.
From Larry Cherubino to Bellarmine the region houses numerous highly-rated wineries at present.
The Terroir of Pemberton
Located on an alleviation, the cool climate of Pemberton is moderated by influence of Southern (Antarctic) and Indian oceans. Although, it’s still cooler than its neighbours Margaret River and Manjimup. The region witnesses low sunshine and high annual rainfall, especially during the winter and autumn season. These conditions are considered ideal for viticulture as a rainfall in summers can lead to disease problems. Its lateritic gravelly loam and the deep red soils are also responsible for the vigorous growth.
Top Wine Varieties of Pemberton
A home to above 15 wineries, Pemberton in WA is known for both red & white wines. You can expect exceptional quality of Pinot Noir wines (Once being promoted as its signature variety). In past few years, it has also established a reputation for producing fine Merlot wines that is often blended with Cab Sav. Amongst the white wines, Chardonnay outshines making for 20% of the total harvest, that is more than that of Merlot and Pinot Noir. It is also known for amazing Shiraz, Sauv Blanc, Riesling and SSB blend.