Western Australia’s Denmark is bound by stunning crystal-blue waters, thick forestry and a high calibre of cool-climate wineries.
The postcard-perfect beaches of Denmark are one of the region’s highlights, but the region’s vinous reputation is growing, thanks to a number of top cellar doors. Driving from winery to winery along towering trees lining the route of undulating hillsides is just as much as an experience as arriving at vineyard estates. The grape varietals thriving across the region are premium cool-climate classics of riesling and chardonnay, but their red cabernet blends have also created an international following.
In additional to Denmark’s remarkable winemaking ability, visitors are encouraged to stop for photo opportunities along the coast. Western Australia’s Denmark is home to other great produce, including cheeses, ice cream, fudge and preserves. Visitors keens for a holiday combining first-class boutique wines, beaches and endless hectares of lush green pastures and forestry can expect to arrive here from Perth within a one-hour flight or a five-hour drive.
James Halliday on Denmark
Mount Barker was the first subregion in Great Southern to be registered as a GI; adjoining Denmark has been one of the last to make the move. Denmark is wetter and cooler than Albany, but the differences are not of any significant magnitude. As one moves north away from the coast, the ocean influence lessens; there is also a series of steep hills and valleys before you emerge onto the rolling slopes of the Great Southern Region proper.
The pretty town of Denmark is a magnet for visitors, and some of the more remote wineries from other subregions have set up cellar doors in the town.
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