Denmark is where towering tall trees meet the ocean. It has a relaxed village atmosphere, romantic timber milling history and incredible coastal scenery. Just 45 minutes drive west of Albany, Denmark stands on spectacular Wilson Inlet and boasts glorious swimming, surfing and fishing beaches.
The first grapevine plantings in the Denmark subregion occurred along Mt Shadforth Road in 1974. These were followed by further early plantings of Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon at Tinglewood in 1976.
Viticultural interest in the subregion then remained dormant until a resurgence of activity resulted in a number of plantings, mainly along the Scotsdale Valley, in the mid to late 1980s.
Denmark has a broadly Mediterranean climate with wet, cool winters and dry, warm summers. A maritime influence moderates towards the northern reaches of the subregion. Steep hills and valleys create many unique microclimates with excellent grape growing conditions.
Soils are well-drained, rich and fertile karri and marri loams. Vine vigour is a subregional characteristic and requires careful management.
A number of producers operate cellar doors to cater to the tourism trade.
Principal varieties include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, with winemakers showing a developing interest in producing sparkling wines of distinction.