A sub-region of the Margaret River, this notable spot is cool and has the kind of soil Riesling thrives in. Complex reds like Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and that brooding Pinot Noir are also happy here. It's a world-class spot in the region.
It was back in 1955, when Professor Harold Olmo (on leave from his post as Prof of Viticulture at the University of California) spent eight months in the area studying the problems growing grapes in the Swan Valley. He tipped Mount Barker as the perfect spot for making wines in a light European style. The idea was endorsed years later, with plantings at the Department of Agriculture's experimental vineyard at Foresthill in 1965.