Frankland River Region
Frankland River is one of Western Australia’s best kept secrets. A rising star in the wine industry, the region has built its reputation on delivering exceptional quality cool-climate wines.
Our Great Southern heartland is approximately 360 kilometres south-east of Perth (view map), where the tranquil Frankland River winds its way to the Southern Ocean. A place of rare earth and ancient soil, Great Southern wines have developed a reputation of exceptional quality and consistency, although viticulture began in the region in 1969.
Situated in one of the southern-most points of the state, Frankland River is one of the coolest wine producing regions in Australia. As such, vintage takes place later than other local regions so grapes can ripen evenly over an extended period maximising flavour and ready for harvest anytime from late February through to the end of April.
The overall cool climate (with an average January temperature of 19.8°C) and long warm growing season ensure the grapes consistently cultivate a delicate intensity and complexity on the vine, indicating that the grapes are a true expression of the terroir.
While rainfall is relatively low, vineyards overcome this through the construction of water catchment areas, drains and earthen (clay) dams. Ferngrove has 149 hectares of clay catchment and a vast network of drains, allowing rain water to be harvested from several kilometres away. These factors combined with deep well-drained soils and the pristine natural environment provides winemakers with ideal conditions to produce world-class wines, on par with the famous Rhône region in France. It is no surprise that classic European varieties perform well in Frankland River’s conditions, while the isolated
conditions make for distinctly different wines.
Wines produced from Frankland River fruit generally have lower alcohol content and are elegant, with intense varietal characters.