Some Will Suggest that Margaret River is Perfect People have scoured the globe searching for great winemaking regions, only to discover that such places are few and far between. They appear as little strips of land in a few select countries. Certainly, Margaret River is one of these choice little parcels. Located some 150 miles south of Perth, the Margaret River region is known for its variety of vines, indigenous trees and superb fruits and vegetables. In the 1960's, a scholar by the name of John Gladstone wrote about the similarities of Margaret River and the great winemaking region of Bordeaux. He also noted the area's perfect weather for grapes, unlike any other in Australia. This is a climate that doesn't send the fruit through many extremes each day. Gladstone also wrote about the ideal soil conditions in the Margaret River. A mixture of loam and gravel, the soil is not too fertile, which makes the vines work hard to produce perfect flavor by digging deep into the earth. Undoubtedly, the setting and the "terroir", as the French would say, have shaped the range, as well as the quality of wines that are grown at Amberley Estate. Although the traditional Bordeaux varieties predominate, small plantings of Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and Chardonnay are also represented. In fact, independent critics have called Margaret River Chardonnay the very finest in Australia. Certainly, location gives Amberley Estate an advantage, as it would any winery; no one can create good wine from bad fruit. Yet, good fruit alone doesn't guarantee fine wine. At Amberley Estate, the staff works as hard as the vines to translate top- notch fruit into good wine. It's a job that everyone at Amberley is quite passionate about. To add to the allure of the Margaret River is the abundance of fine restaurants in the area, frequented by locals and the growing number of visitors, alike. They come from Perth and abroad, seeking the natural beauty and abundance that Margaret River offers: fine wine, excellent game and produce, great fishing and a seemingly boundless energy that characterizes this enchanted place. Recently, critics have likened Margaret River to Napa Valley in the 1960's, a comparison that hasn't gone unnoticed by the world's wine cognoscenti, drawing attention and visitors to this special strip of land. Throw in the view, and you'll never want to leave.