Margaret River: the Australian wine region that’s now big on beer

This part of south-west Australia is known for great cabernets and chardonnays but could soon have as many craft breweries as it does vineyards

Three hours’ drive south of Perth, amid forests of century-old karri trees and kangaroo-filled grasslands, is the town of Margaret River, centre of south-west Australia’s wine country. Or is it?

Recently, this region has been showing a growing interest in beer. In the past year, a handful of microbreweries have started jostling for space among elegant vineyards, which account for 3% of Australia’s annual wine production. And they’re churning out locally brewed boutique beer that’s just as well-regarded as the cabernet and sémillon/sauvignon blanc blends that Margaret River sells by the premium caseload around the world.

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