At 1,600 km from east to west, Western Australia, or WA, is the largest of the continent’s territories. Because of its size, much of its land is unsuitable for growing quality vineyards: its northwest corner is the hottest area in all of Australia, with its eastern regions not faring much better. But thankfully, the southwestern tract of Western Australia benefits from two oceans – the Indian Ocean to the west and the Antarctic Ocean to the south and east, making its climate similar to that of Bordeaux. It’s no coincidence that many of the grapes that thrive in this section of WA, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, are also premier Bordeaux varietals. Accordingly, Western Australia’s wine style is more decidedly Bordeaux-inspired than that of any other Australian region. Its most famous GI, Margaret River, is especially influenced by Bordeaux, and is celebrated for wines of elegance and balance.