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Perth Hills wine region has been practicing viticulture since over a century. Though the first vines were planted in Darlington in the 1880s, Perth Hills only got its official status of being an Australian wine growing region by April 1999. The region has also gained a reputation of producing award-winning, fine quality wines in Western Australia. The climate of Perth Hills varies significantly with altitude. The region experiences free air flow and exposure to afternoon sea breezes which delays ripening for about 2-3 weeks.
Perth Hills receives an annual rainfall of 900 to 1,200 millimetres, most of which occur during winter and spring seasons. The soil on the slopes has ironstone and gravel sandy loams overlaying clay, well suited to viticulture. The weather and soil conditions of Perth Hills are favourable for growing grape varieties, comprising the likes of Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Perth Hills wine varieties include Shiraz and Viognier, along with the more unusual types, including Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Durif.