Denmark’s Wine Region in Western Australia
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. 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.
The Best Way To Make Your Way Around Denmark's Wineries
Visitors keens for a holiday combining first-class boutique wines, beaches and endless hectares of lush green pastures and forestry can expect to arrive in Denmark from Perth within a one-hour flight or a five-hour drive. If you’re not bringing your own car you can hire one from the airport and try out a self-drive winery itinerary (with a designated driver of course!). Or if you’d prefer to leave the driving to someone else, there are also plenty of wine tours available in the region. Either way, driving from winery to winery alongside towering trees lining the route of undulating hillsides is just as much as an experience as arriving at vineyard estates. You’ll be delighted with the range of cellar doors available to visit, including family-run vineyards, boutique wineries, and award-winning producers.
The Best Time to Visit Denmark, WA for Wine Tasting
Denmark has a Mediterranean climate perfect for growing cool-climate wines. Considerably cooler than other wine regions in Western Australia, its temperature is welcoming for visitors all year round. This means you can plan your trip based on what you plan to do with the rest of your time in the area. If you’re looking to escape hotter areas of the country and still enjoy a swim in the region’s beautiful beaches, the summer months of December to February are a great time to visit. Average temperatures are around 25 degrees celsius during this time, making it a pleasant time to enjoy many of the activities of the region, but also the most popular time with tourists. You may also like to visit between May and October to coincide with the whale watching season as you drive along the coast. There are also a number of festivals, performances, markets and shows held in Denmark, so you could plan to be here when you can experience some of these in the town after you’ve explored the region’s vineyards.
Things To in Denmark, Western Australia
In additional to Denmark’s remarkable winemaking ability, visitors are encouraged to stop for photo opportunities along the coast. Take a stroll or a swim at one of the area’s stunning beaches. Denmark is also situated in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Explore the local flora and fauna on a visit to the National Parks or a walk on one of the many beautiful bush trails in the area. William Bay National Park is a great place to take a dip or go snorkeling in the stunning natural swimming hole, Greens Pool. The town’s main road, Strickland Street, is filled with boutique stores offering unique hand-crafted artisan and eco-friendly products, as well as cafes and restaurants, including the famous Denmark bakery. It’s also a great place to pick up some of Denmark’s other great produce, like cheeses, ice cream, fudge and preserves.
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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MARGARET RIVER wines to try
White | 2017
Estate 807 Mount Barker RieslingEstate 807
Rockcliffe Quarram Rocks Shiraz CabernetRockcliffe
Red | 2017
Rockcliffe Third Reef Great Southern RoseRockcliffe
Red | 2016
Rockcliffe Single Site Frankland River Cabernet SauvignonRockcliffe