The Blackwood Valley Wine Region is an enchanting region of historic townships set amid the natural grandeur of the south-west hinterland, this is a nirvana for adventurous foodies and wine lovers. Covering the rolling hills around the towns of Balingup, Nannup, Bridgetown and Boyup Brook the region is characterised by the Blackwood River, which is the longest continually flowing river in Western Australia.
On the same latitude as Margaret River, but further inland, the Blackwood Valley Wine Region has cooler winters and slightly warmer summers. Since settlement in the late 1800s the region's income has been derived from wool, cereal crops, mixed farming, timber and horticulture. Today, its wines are a valuable addition to the region's economy. The first vineyards in the region were established in 1976 and the area is now home to a number of vineyards, many with cellar doors.
The glorious Blackwood Valley offers a perfect example of the wide variety of natural and man-made attractions on offer. Lush green pastures, towering forests, green valleys and the tranquil waters of the Blackwood River meandering through what is almost fairytale-lovely countryside. This picturesque region was settled in the 1800s and until recently was best known for its farming, timber and horticulture and in the last 30 years Blackwood has seen top class wineries come on-line. The most successful varieties to come out of the area are chardonnay, cabernet and shiraz. Try a bit of bushwalking or trekking along the beautiful namesake river.
Nannup’s wildflowers burst into life each spring and the town is renowned for its tulips. Work up an appetite with an excursion into the forest then a stop at one of the cosy cafés or inviting restaurants to be found throughout the area.
A strong characteristic of the region is the capacity to fully ripen fruit, and its cabernet sauvignon and riesling have received numerous awards. Other varieties are also showing great potential.
Things to know about the Blackwood Valley
With its farms, dense forests, open gardens and quaint country towns, the Blackwood Valley Wine Region offers a charming southwest country experience. The tranquil surroundings draw campers and bushwalkers and the area is particularly striking when the wildflowers are in bloom. Bridgetown is well known for its fine antiques, galleries, arts and crafts.
• One of the best ways to experience the Blackwood Valley is to take the scenic drive linking Balingup, Bridgetown and Nannup.
• Nannup is known for its tulips and each year holds a tulip festival.
• You can view rare banksias and a variety of orchids at Haddleton Reserve.
Visit the local associations' websites:
Balingup Visitor Centre - www.balinguptourism.com.au
Bridgetown-Greenbushes Visitor Centre - www.bridgetown.com.au
Boyup Brook Visitor Information Centre - www.boyupbrooktourism.com.au
Nannup Visitor Centre - www.nannupwa.com
Blackwood Valley Wine Industry Association - www.blackwoodvalleywine.asn.au