John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    New publication puts WA wineries on the map

    10/05/2005 12:00 AM

    A unique new map of Western Australian wine regions will make it much easier to find some of the best wines in the world.

    Land Information Minister John Bowler said the StreetSmart Wineries Western Australia map was the first comprehensive guide to WA’s nine major wine regions.

    Mr Bowler said the map included 322 wineries in the Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Great Southern, Manjimup, Margaret River, Peel, Pemberton, Perth Hills and Swan District wine regions.

    “WA’s wine industry is a substantial and important part of both our tourism and agricultural industries,” he said.

    “This new map will be an extremely useful and practical reference guide for anyone interested in experiencing our world class produce and beautiful countryside.

    “In the last six years, the land under vine in WA has increased by 80 per cent, with production at 55 million litres and in excess of 12,000ha under vine in 2004.

    “Winery tourism is also opening markets for quality food, art and craft products and the number of visitors to wineries is increasing each year.

    ”The Gallop Government is providing new jobs and opportunities for Western Australians by supporting winery-based tourism.”

    The Minister said a comprehensive map for each region included information on its wine producing history, details of wineries that provided dining and/or cellar door sales facilities and the location of visitor centres.

    It was produced by the Department of Land Information (DLI), with assistance from the Wine Industry Association of WA, the Department of Industry and Resources and Tourism WA.

    The map has the look and feel of other DLI StreetSmart products, including Touring Maps and the metropolitan street directory.

    This map and others in the StreetSmart Touring Map series can be purchased from the Department of Land Information or from selected newsagents, bookshops, visitors’ centres and at participating wineries.

    The recommended retail price is $7.95.

    Minister's Office - 9213 6500