Pemberton Wine Region
Pemberton contains some of the state's richest farmland. It is indeed 'Karri Country' and it is these magnificent tree's that provide karri loam, a rich and fertile soil. The soil found on the higher slopes and rolling hills is gravelly sands and gravelly loams, overlying clay with moderate water retention. The streams, rivers and dams and mediterranean cool climate make Pemberton an ideal region to produce fine wines.
Pemberton was first experimentally planted in the late 1970's, with commercial vineyards following in 1982. In the early 1980's John Horgan, previously from Leeuwin Estate now Salitage and Dr Bill Pannell of Moss Wood now Picardy recognised that Pemberton had similar characteristics to Burgundy's. The soil types enabled them to stress their vines naturally and the cool maritime influence from the cold Southern Ocean provided perfect conditions to grow certain varietals at the finest level. They both founded their wineries in the Eastbrook area of Pemberton, commonly refered to as 'the golden mile'.
In the 1990's there was a further growth of wineries within the region, which in hand further enabled the region to be recognised as an area of influence in the state's premium wine sector through the production of high quality fruit.
Pemberton is now recognised as a premium wine region, with many highly regarded wine labels and winemakers sourcing fruit from this region for their own premium ranges. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz all benefit from the cool climate conditions, producing wines that can now be found in 20 countries around the world.