Where is the wine region known as the Great Southern?
A. Along the Pacific Ocean coast in Patagonia, Chile
B. Along the coast of the Cape of Good Hope, in South Africa
C. Along the Indian Ocean coast in southwestern Australia
D. In southern Argentina, about 1,000 miles from Antarctica
At the southwestern tip of the state of Western Australia, lies the wine region known as the Great Southern. The coastline borders the Indian Ocean. Wine grapes were first planted in this remote part of Australia in 1859. But the region only began to draw world attention (and Australian wine awards) as of the 1970s. Today there are about 70 producers—mostly small, family-owned estates—as well as many young innovative winemakers. The Great Southern (which is south of the better-known Margaret River region in Western Australia) specializes in dry Riesling and cool-climate Shiraz.